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Key Facts

Full name
William Dick

Known as
Billy Dick

16 July 1889

18 November 1960 (aged 71)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 291d
Last game: 28y 362d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Carlton

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 11, 6, 18, 14, 1

Recruited from
Brighton (1908); Fitzroy (1911)

Family links
Alec Dick (Father)

Billy Dick

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 1,330th player to appear, 1,249th most games played, 1,444th most goals kickedFitzroy: 129th player to appear, 238th most games played, 131st most goals kickedCarlton: 255th player to appear, 178th most games played, 211th most goals kicked

Billy Dick began his senior career with Brighton during that club's pre-VFA days, but it was with Fitzroy in the VFL that he made his name as a highly accomplished half forward and follower with an eye for goal. He played a total of 53 VFL games and kicked 40 goals for the 'Roys between 1908 and 1910, topping the club's goal kicking list with 26 goals in 1909.

In 1911 Dick crossed to Carlton and lifted his average performance level another notch or two. He represented the VFL in 1913 and 1914, and captained the Blues to the 1914 flag courtesy of a six-point Challenge Final win over South Melbourne. Dick was many people's choice as the best player afield in that match, but in 1915, while still captain, he was forced to watch the premiership decider from the sidelines after incurring a suspension. His teammates did him proud, thrashing Collingwood 11.12 (78) to 6.9 (45), but Dick's joy would no doubt have been tempered by frustration at missing out. 

He carried on as club captain in 1916 and 1917, and fronted up for the last time in 1918 to bring his final tally of games with the Blues to precisely 100.

Author - John Devaney


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