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Key Facts

Full name
William Roberts

Known as
William Roberts

4 December 1908

16 May 1998 (aged 89)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 146d
Last game: 28y 260d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 21

William Roberts

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1928-193716060.0447%15.894.7811

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,399th player to appear, 1,118th most games played, 5,860th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 624th player to appear, 48th most games played, 554th most goals kicked

William Roberts - typically referred to as Billy - joined St Kilda from Oakleigh in 1928 and after commencing his VFL career as a half back flanker he migrated to the wing before transforming into one of the finest centremen in the league. Solid overhead and a booming kick, he was relentlessly determined and as effective defensively as he was when taking or sending the ball deep into the forward lines. He represented Victoria on half a dozen occasions.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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