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Key Facts

Full name
John Williams

Known as
John Williams

17 July 1947 (age 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 274d
Last game: 28y 352d

Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Collingwood; Brunswick

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 22
Collingwood: 14

Recruited from
Essendon (1974); Collingwood (1977)

John Williams

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 7,659th player to appear, 681st most games played, 3,498th most goals kickedEssendon: 739th player to appear, 65th most games played, 381st most goals kickedCollingwood: 744th player to appear, 424th most games played, 477th most goals kicked

The epitome of the sort of dour, unspectacular but highly effective VFL defender who proliferated during the 1960s and early '70s, John Williams played 161 games for Essendon between 1965 and 1973. He was at his peak during the early 1970s, earning state selection in 1970 and 1972, finishing second in the club best-and-fairest voting in 1971, running third in the Brownlow in 1972, and earning All Australian selection after the Perth carnival that same year.

In 1974, Williams crossed to Collingwood under the short-lived 10-year rule, but knee problems limited his effectiveness. After 32 games for the 'Woods he transferred to Brunswick in 1977, where he ended his career.

Author - John Devaney


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