Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
William Spurling

Known as
Bill Spurling

28 October 1907

13 April 1972 (aged 64)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 211d
Last game: 27y 286d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 28, 17, 14, 6

Bill Spurling

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,425th player to appear, 2,482nd most games played, 1,539th most goals kickedFootscray: 86th player to appear, 139th most games played, 90th most goals kicked

An accomplished all-round performer who could hold down any key position (although his favourite spot was probably centre half forward), William Spurling was one of Footscray's most consistent performers during the club's initial decade in the VFL. Superb overhead, an excellent kick, and boasting plenty of leg speed, Spurling played a total of 98 VFL games for the Tricolours between 1928 and 1935, and booted 70 goals. He represented the VFL in the interstate arena twice.

Author - John Devaney


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