Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Cyril McMaster

Known as
Bill McMaster

30 January 1930

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 81d
Last game: 24y 224d

Height and weight
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 7

Bill McMaster

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,074th player to appear, 3,723rd most games played, 1,439th most goals kickedGeelong: 545th player to appear, 284th most games played, 107th most goals kicked

Invariably referred to as 'Bill', Cyril McMaster was tall (192 cm) but thin (82 kg) follower or forward who was a very damaging and important player for Geelong throughout his short, injury-ruined career. Recruited from Lake Bolac in the Mininera and District Football Association, McMaster debuted for the Cats in 1951, and was a key member of the club's premiership-winning combination both that year and the next.

In the 1953 Grand Final against Collingwood, however, McMaster sustained a serious injury which ultimately may have robbed his side of a third successive flag win. It also effectively ended McMaster's career because, although he attempted to resume in 1954, his injury proved too incapacitating and, after just 61 VFL games in four seasons, he retired.

McMaster later returned to Geelong as non-playing coach in 1971-2.

Author - John Devaney


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