Bill Hutchison

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Bill Hutchison
Personal information
Date of birth (1923-04-28)28 April 1923
Date of death 18 June 1982(1982-06-18) (aged 59)
Original team(s) Westmeadows
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1942–1957 Essendon 290 (496)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1957.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Bill Hutchison (28 April 1923 – 18 June 1982) was an Australian rules footballer.

Football career[edit]

Hutchison played in the Victorian Football League (VFL) from 1942–1957, spending his career entirely with the Essendon Football Club. He played 290 VFL games and kicked 496 goals. He captained Essendon for seven years, from 1951 to 1957.

Generally considered one of the finest rovers ever to play the game, he was a vital part of the Bombers' premiership sides in 1942, 1946, 1949 and 1950. He was a dual Brownlow Medal winner, claiming the award in 1952 and 1953. He was typically a high finisher in the Brownlow Medal vote count, finishing third in 1948, sixth in 1950, third in 1951 and second in 1955.

In 2002 at a "Champions of Essendon" gala event, Hutchison was voted the fourth greatest Essendon player of all time. The man who was voted Champion, Dick Reynolds famously said "I don't deserve this honour... Bill Hutchison was the best player I've seen."[1]

Hutchison is classified as a "Legend" in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ "Champions of Essendon". Essendon Football Club. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 

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