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Key Facts

Full name
Shane Williams

Known as
Shane Williams

14 August 1959 (age 63)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 308d
Last game: 28y 358d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Geelong; Footscray

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 9
Geelong: 44, 8
Footscray: 8, 6

Recruited from
Richmond (1985); Geelong (1987)

Shane Williams

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
V/AFL1979-1983, 1985-198861300.4956%8.494.153.101
Total1979-1983, 1985-198861300.4956%8.494.153.101

AFL: 9,093rd player to appear, 3,710th most games played, 2,937th most goals kickedRichmond: 813th player to appear, 446th most games played, 350th most goals kickedGeelong: 853rd player to appear, 546th most games played, 469th most goals kickedFootscray: 783rd player to appear, 600th most games played, 403rd most goals kicked

Shane Williams was a talented utility with a broad complement of football skills: strong overhead, a good kick and a smooth ball handler. He played his early football with Essex Heights in 1976 before spending the 1977 and 1978 seasons with North Hobart, playing 34 games and scoring 41 goals, as well as representing Tasmania three times.

The 1979 season found Williams at Richmond where he would produce some excellent football, only to be repeatedly sidelined with injury. In half a dozen seasons with the Tigers he only made 27 senior appearances, kicking 14 goals. Over the same period he played for the reserves no fewer than 65 times, mostly when returning from injury rather than after having been dropped. He enjoyed a strong 1982 season, including playing on a wing in the grand final loss to Carlton.

In 1984 Williams transferred to Geelong where he would endure three injury-affected seasons whilst playing just 21 senior games. It was a similar story at his next port of call, Footscray, where he added a final 13 VFL games in 1987-8. His last game in a Bulldogs jumper was the 1988 reserves grand final in which Footscray prevailed over North Melbourne.

In 1989 Williams returned to Tasmania and threw in his lot with Sandy Bay. His three season stint with the Seagulls saw him register 41 appearances and eight goals. He coached the side in 1990 and for part of 1991.

Author - John Devaney


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