Billy Picken

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Billy Picken
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-06-07) 7 June 1956 (age 58)
Original team Macarthur
Height/Weight 185cm / 81kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1974-1983
1984-1985
1986
Total -
Collingwood
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
207 (44)
028 0(0)
005 0(2)
240 (46)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1986 season.
Career highlights

Billy Picken (born 7 June 1956) is a former Australian Australian rules footballer who played for the Collingwood Football Club and the Sydney Swans. Picken arrived at Collingwood in 1974 from Macarthur as a forward but developed into one of the games finest centre-half backs. Despite playing in four losing Grand Finals Picken maintained his reputation as a finals performer & was recognised for his fine contributions when named in the Collingwood Team of the century. When Picken controversially moved to the Swans in 1984 he was hit by a succession of injuries for the first time in his career. He later returned to Victoria Park to captain-coach the reserves.

Picken is the father of Western Bulldogs player, Liam Picken and the uncle of Brisbane Lions captain, Jonathan Brown.

He also played first-grade cricket for Collingwood Cricket Club and had the dubious distinction of being the first first-grade cricketer ever to be suspended by the Victorian Cricket Association for striking an opponent during a cricket match.

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Awards
Preceded by
Alan Atkinson
AFL Mark of the Year
1974
Succeeded by
Peter Knights
Preceded by
Peter Knights
AFL Mark of the Year
1976
Succeeded by
Peter Knights