29 January 1900
7 March 1975 (aged 75)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 100d
Last game: 32y 190d
Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 67 kg
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Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only
AFL: 2,518th player to appear, 1,270th most games played, 3,339th most goals kickedFitzroy: 272nd player to appear, 100th most games played, 245th most goals kickedCarlton: 465th player to appear, 359th most games played, 518th most goals kicked
Fred Williams was a small but gifted wingman who was a key member of Fitzroy's strong teams of the early 1920s, and beyond. He arrived at the Maroons from Bacchus Marsh Football League side Melton and made his VFL debut in 1920. Two years later he was in his favoured position on the wing as Fitzroy won its first flag in nine years by overcoming Collingwood in the Challenge Final by 11 points.
Williams made his interstate debut for the VFL in 1923 in a 47-point loss to South Australia. He also later represented the VFL's B side. Far and away the greatest disappointment of his career must have been missing the Roys' 1923 Challenge Final clash with Essendon owing to injury. Wilson had been in superb touch all year, and and his energy, pace and incisiveness were badly missed as the Same Old's famed 'mosquito fleet' took control of the game after half time to see Essendon home by 17 points.
In 1929, after 106 VFL games and 18 goals for Fitzroy, Fred Williams crossed to Carlton where, over the ensuing four seasons, he added a final 46 games and six goals.
Author - John Devaney