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Key Facts

Full name
Colin Williamson

Known as
Col Williamson

Born
31 December 1913

Died
29 May 1997 (aged 83)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 114d
Last game: 32y 243d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 4

Col Williamson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1937-1946165440.2733%17.406.6023
Total1937-1946165440.2733%17.406.6023

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 4,465th player to appear, 1,026th most games played, 2,204th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 733rd player to appear, 45th most games played, 150th most goals kicked

Col Williamson commenced his senior playing career with Northcote in the VFA and was a member of the club’s 1934 and 1936 premiership teams. The 1937 season found him at St Kilda where his strength, aerial prowess, exemplary kicking and versatility made him one of the foremost footballers at the club. Often used as a ruckman resting in a back pocket he also proved effective when tried in key positions. His ten season VFL career saw him play 165 games and kick 44 goals. 

After leaving the Saints at the end of the 1946 season Williamson was installed as captain-coach of Brighton and oversaw a premiership, his third as a player in the VFA, in 1948. He spent the 1952 and 1953 seasons as non-playing coach of St Kilda but it was a distinctly unmemorable stint as the Saints finished tenth in the former year and twelfth and last in the latter.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article

Footnotes

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