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Key Facts

Full name
William Wells

Known as
Billy Wells

Born
8 November 1920

Died
16 March 2013 (aged 92)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 193d
Last game: 24y 297d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 2, 24, 37
St. Kilda: 37, 10

Recruited from
North Melbourne (1944)

Billy Wells

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1939-1940, 1943-19441440.2921%1
St. KildaV/AFL1944-19452220.0918%0
V/AFL1939-1940, 1943-19453660.1719%1
Total1939-1940, 1943-19453660.1719%1

AFL: 4,714th player to appear, 4,991st most games played, 5,847th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 255th player to appear, 528th most games played, 504th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 847th player to appear, 552nd most games played, 819th most goals kicked

From East Coburg, Bill Wells was recruited by North Melbourne and, after a grounding in the seconds, made his senior league debut in 1939. Over the course of that season and the next he played 12 games and scored four goals for the shinboners before enlisting in the AIF. While serving in the Middle East he was seriously wounded and told he would never walk again, let alone play football. To the amazement of his doctors he managed a full recovery and by 1944, a year after being discharged from the AIF on health grounds, he was back on the VFL stage with North. Midway through the ‘44 season, after 14 games and four goals for the Shinboners, he transferred to St Kilda where he added a final 22 VFL appearances plus two goals.

Having left the VFL scene behind Wells spent the ensuing eight years playing for various clubs, including Williamstown (48 games, 16 goals in three stints) and Port Melbourne (eight games, eight goals in 1949). After starting the 1949 season with Port he finished it with Williamstown and lined up on a half back in that season’s grand final defeat of Oakleigh.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.