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Key Facts

Full name
William Strickland

Known as
Billy Strickland

17 August 1864

Place of birth
Sandringham, VIC (3191)

24 November 1959 (aged 95)

Place of death
Sydney, NSW (2000)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 32y 264d
Last game: 33y 18d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; Collingwood

Recruited from
Brunswick (); Carlton (1893)

State of origin

Family links
Bill Strickland (Nephew)

Billy Strickland

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonVFA-, 1890-189212740.03
VFA-, 1890-189619650.03
Total-, 1890-189721250.02

AFL: 141st player to appear, 6,977th most games played, 9,687th most goals kickedCollingwood: 18th player to appear, 611th most games played, 875th most goals kicked

Arguably best remembered as Collingwood's first-ever premiership captain, Billy Strickland had already been playing football for more than a decade when he joined the Woods in 1893 after a dispute with the Carlton committee, of which he was a member. 

After beginning with Brunswick in that club's pre-VFA days, he joined Carlton in 1885, and in eight seasons with the club proved himself one of the most prodigiously talented centreline players in the game. He was also an extremely disciplined and determined individual, and by introducing these qualities to Collingwood he was heavily instrumental in transforming a makeweight combination into the best in the colony. 

Strickland was ostensibly the team's centreman when it beat South Melbourne to secure the 1896 VFA premiership (match reviewed here), but he played more like a follower, roaming far and wide in search of kicks, as well as coordinating his team's activities at first hand. His inspirational, energetic performance, together with some astute tactical decisions, were important factors in Collingwood's eventual narrow win.

Billy Strickland's final season, 1897, was Collingwood's first in the VFL, and he captained them to third place, besides playing 16 of their 17 matches for the year.

Author - John Devaney


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