Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Charles Harold Lilley

Known as
Charlie Lilley

3 July 1892

16 June 1982 (aged 89)


Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 297d
Last game: 33y 92d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 6, 11, 8

Charlie Lilley

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1913-1915, 1919-192513250.0429%1
Total1913-1915, 1919-192513250.0429%1

AFL: 1,960th player to appear, 1,608th most games played, 6,093rd most goals kickedMelbourne: 272nd player to appear, 99th most games played, 555th most goals kicked

Pacy, assured and with an unflappable air about him, Charlie Lilley was an excellent player for Melbourne before and after the first world war. Early in his career he played mainly in the centre, in which position he was rated one of the best in the league. Later he became a defender, with his pace and good judgement coming to the fore. Hailing from Elsternwick, he played a total of 152 games and kicked five goals for the Fuchsias between 1913 and 1915, and from 1919 to 1925. He was also a member of the Victorian team which won the 1914 Australian interstate championships in Sydney. During world war one Lilley took part in the famous AIF match in London in 1916.

Author - John Devaney


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