Bill Ryan (footballer)

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Bill Ryan
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-11-26) 26 November 1944 (age 70)
Original team Swan Hill
Height/Weight 188 cm / 87 kg
Position(s) Ruckman, centre half-forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1963–1972 Geelong 167 (220)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1971 Victoria
Queensland
1
6
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1972 season.

William Ronald "Bill" Ryan (born 26 November 1944) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Ryan, who was recruited from Swan Hill, could play as a ruckman, centre half back and key position forward. He participated in the 1967 Grand Final but his side lost and he would never play in another. A strong mark of the ball, he finished equal fifth in the 1971 Brownlow Medal count. The same year he kicked a career best 67 goals, with eight of them coming against Footscray at Kardinia Park.

He is often remembered for a match winning goal he kicked after the siren against Collingwood at his home ground in the 1967 season. With Geelong down by five points he took a mark 15 metres out, but as Ryan was noted for his wayward kicking at goal it was no certainty. His shot was smothered Collingwood's Terry Waters but he got another opportunity when the umpire decided that Waters had run over the mark.

Ryan finished his football career in Queensland, playing for both Coorparoo and Southport during the 1970s. Most successful at Southport, he appeared in a total of five premiership sides. In both 1974 and 1975 he captained the Queensland interstate team and once kicked five goals in a win over Tasmania.

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