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Key Facts

Full name
Percy Wilson

Known as
Percy Wilson

31 March 1889

28 March 1941 (aged 51)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 38d
Last game: 35y 152d

Height and weight
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Melbourne; Port Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 22, 24, 29, 25, 19
Melbourne: 25

Recruited from
Collingwood (1921)

Family links
Alf Wilson (Brother)

Percy Wilson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Port MelbourneVFA1927-192827
Total1909-1924, 1927-1928261910.35

AFL: 1,509th player to appear, 354th most games played, 1,165th most goals kickedCollingwood: 153rd player to appear, 45th most games played, 121st most goals kickedMelbourne: 388th player to appear, 323rd most games played, 296th most goals kicked

Combining pace, tenacity and tremendous talent, Percy Wilson was one of the finest rovers of his generation. He began with Collingwood in 1909, and went on to play a total of 183 VFL games for the club, including the winning Grand Final of 1917, in which he was both captain and one of the best players afield. Unfortunately, he was prevented by injury from participating in either of the other two Collingwood premierships to arrive during his playing career, in 1910 and 1919. Injury may also have prevented him from representing the VFL in the interstate arena more than twice.

Wilson crossed to Melbourne as captain-coach in 1921 and added another 51 VFL games in three seasons. As a coach, however, he was found wanting, and a wooden spoon in 1923 hastened his departure. Wilson later had two stints as coach of Port Melbourne, from 1927 to 1929 and in 1932. In both 1928 and 1929 he managed to get his side as far as the premiership play-off, but first Coburg and then Northcote proved too strong. He was captain-coach in his first couple of seasons with the Borough, playing a total of 27 VFA games, while in 1929 and 1932 he coached in a non-playing capacity. In 1930 and 1931 Wilson coached rival VFA club Camberwell, but the side struggled, finishing second-last in his first season, and bottom in his second.

Author - John Devaney


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