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Bill Oliver was 23 when he commenced his league career with South Adelaide in 1920, with some of his best years having been lost to the War. Chosen as full back in the club’s official ‘Greatest Team’, he was a rugged and highly dependable defender who played a total of 149 senior games between 1920 and 1929. He was captain of South in 1926, 1927 and 1929, and won the club’s best and fairest trophy twice.
He was a stalwart in South Australian interstate sides for several years, making a total of 13 appearances and kicking six goals, including games at the 1927 Melbourne carnival.
Author - John Devaney