Bill Strickland (footballer, born 1864)

William Strickland (17 August 1864 – 24 November 1959) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Collingwood in the inaugural Victorian Football League (VFL) season.

Bill Strickland
Strickland during his Collingwood VFA career
Personal information
Date of birth 17 August 1864
Place of birth Sandhurst (Bendigo)
Date of death 24 November 1959(1959-11-24) (aged 95)
Place of death Sydney, New South Wales
Original team(s) Brunswick
Position(s) Centre
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1885–1888, 1890–1892 Carlton (VFA) 127 (4)
1893–1896 Collingwood (VFA) 69 (1)
1897 Collingwood 16 (0)
Total 212 (5)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1904, 1908 Collingwood 13 (8–5–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1908.
Career highlights
  • 1887 VFA Premiership player
  • 1896 VFA Premiership captain
  • Collingwood captain 1893-1897
Sources: AFL Tables,

Strickland was a centreman and started his career with Brunswick before joining Victorian Football Association side Carlton in 1885, playing in their 1887 premiership side. He missed the 1889 season after rolling his ankle in a practice match, but returned in 1890 as club captain.

He would cross to new team Collingwood at the end of 1892 due to internal dissent and dissatisfaction at Carlton. After arriving at Collingwood, he became the club's captain, and in 1896 led the club to the VFA premiership after they defeated South Melbourne in a premiership play-off.

In 1897, he was Collingwood's first ever VFL captain, and also played his 200th career match, leading them to third place before retiring.

He returned to the VFL in 1904 as coach, and again briefly in 1908. He was also involved in Sydney Australian rules football for many years.

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