Keith Williams (Australian footballer)

Keith Williams (27 May 1926 – 19 October 2004)[2] was an Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Keith Williams
Personal information
Full name Keith Williams
Date of birth 27 May 1926
Date of death 19 October 2004(2004-10-19) (aged 78)
Original team(s) Corowa[1]
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1948 Fitzroy 18 (12)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1948.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Williams originally played for the Rutherglen Football Club in the Murray Valley Patriotic Football League in 1944 and then played for the Border United Football Club and tied for the club Best & Fairest award in 1945. [3]

Williams continued to played for the Border United FC when they entered the Ovens & Murray Football League (O&MFL) in 1946.

Williams was signed by Fitzroy in 1947, [4] the year he won the Ovens & Murray Football League (O&MFL) Morris Medal with the Border United Football Club (Corowa). [5]

He joined Fitzroy in 1948 and the follower was a regular member of the team that year, playing 18 consecutive games, missing only the final round.[6]

He returned to the O&MFL in 1949 as a playing coach of Rutherglen and coached them from 1949 to 1951. Essendon's Greg Tate took over from Williams in 1952 as coach of Rutherglen.

In 1952 he considered resuming his VFL career at Fitzroy but never made the move to Melbourne due to farming / business commitments.[7] Williams played with Rutherglen in 1952.

In 1953, Williams was captain / coach of the Corowa Football Club seniors and continued to play for Corowa until the late 1950's. [8]

His grandson is John Longmire, former North Melbourne full-forward and Sydney Swans senior coach.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  2. ^ "Keith Williams - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  3. ^ "1945 - Border United FC - Best & Fairest". Trove Newspapers. The Corowa Free Press.
  4. ^ "Williams - 6 VFL Permits". Trove Newspapers. The Argus Newspaper.
  5. ^ "1947 - O&MFL - Morris Medal". Trove Newspapers. The Corowa Free Press.
  6. ^ AFL Tables: Keith Williams
  7. ^ The Argus,"Fitzroy Loss Offset", 21 March 1952, p. 8
  8. ^ "1953 - Corowa FC - AGM". Trove Newspapers. The Corowa Free Press.
  9. ^ Sydney Morning Herald,"Mum inspires Longmire", 27 March 2011, David Sygall.