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Key Facts

Full name
Walter Allan Williamson

Known as
Wally Williamson

Born
7 May 1907

Died
22 July 1968 (aged 61)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 26y 363d
Last game: 27y 131d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
West Torrens; Hawthorn

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 1

Wally Williamson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West TorrensSANFL1929-1933, 1935-1936, 1941118200.17
HawthornV/AFL19341210.088%1
Total1929-1936, 1941130210.16

AFL: 4,142nd player to appear, 7,791st most games played, 8,886th most goals kickedHawthorn: 187th player to appear, 550th most games played, 643rd most goals kicked

Walter Williamson was one of a group of players of high quality unearthed by West Torrens during the late 1920s who would go on to form the nucleus of the club’s second league premiership-winning side in 1933. Described at the time as “an all-rounder”, he was particularly effective either on the ball or in the backlines. He won Torrens’ best and fairest award in 1931, and was appointed club captain the following year.

In 1933 he led his side to a 13.10 (88) to 9.11 (65) Grand Final defeat of Norwood before embarking on a one-season stint in the VFL with Hawthorn the next year where he was appointed vice-captain and, despite injury problems, played well in his dozen senior games. The 1935 season found Williamson back at West Torrens where he rounded off the league career that had commenced back in 1928. When he retired a couple of years later he had played a total of 118 SANFL games and booted 20 goals. He had also been a South Australian interstate representative four times.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion

Footnotes

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