Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Louis William Schmidt

Known as
Billy Schmidt

29 December 1887

23 October 1975 (aged 87)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 125d
Last game: 33y 206d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 18
St. Kilda: 2, 32, 7

Recruited from
Richmond (1912); St. Kilda (1921)

Billy Schmidt

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
RichmondV/AFL1908-1911, 192175710.9536%0
St. KildaV/AFL1912-1914, 1918-192090770.8646%0
V/AFL1908-1914, 1918-19211651480.9041%0
Total1908-1914, 1918-19211651480.9041%0

AFL: 1,359th player to appear, 1,054th most games played, 660th most goals kickedRichmond: 17th player to appear, 222nd most games played, 107th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 402nd player to appear, 159th most games played, 81st most goals kicked

Beginning with Richmond during the closing phase of that club's time in the VFA, William Schmidt carved out an illustrious career for himself as a centreman with a predilection for wandering all over the ground in search of kicks. Sometimes accused of being selfish - centreline players were supposed to remain in their positions during this period in the game's history - Schmidt must nevertheless have given good value as he was a mainstay of Richmond and St Kilda sides for the better part of a decade and a half.

Renowned for his slick ball handling skills and tremendous evasive ability, Schmidt was a member of Richmond's inaugural VFL side in 1908 and went on to play a total of 75 VFL games for the club between 1908 and 1911 and in 1921. In between he starred at St Kilda over the course of 90 games from 1912 to 1914 and between 1918 and 1920. His tally of 148 league goals testifies to his penchant for roaming. Schmidt later coached Richmond for one season in 1933 when he was successful in getting the Tigers to the Grand Final where they lost to South Melbourne.

Author - John Devaney


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