Bill Walton (footballer)
|Full name||William Henry Walton|
|Date of birth||3 September 1894|
|Date of death||24 July 1953(aged 58)|
|Place of death||St. Kilda|
|Original team(s)||Port Melbourne|
|Height / weight||178 cm / 82 kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1919.
Walton started his career at Victorian Football Association (VFA) club Port Melbourne and was their leading goal-kicker in 1914. Enticed to join Collingwood in 1918, Walton appeared in Grand Finals in both his seasons with Collingwood. He played centre half forward in the 1918 VFL Grand Final loss to South Melbourne and centre half back in the 1919 premiership team.
Walton returned to Port Melbourne in 1920 and was appointed captain-coach of Hawthorn (then playing in the VFA) in 1922. He was however refused a clearance by Port Melbourne and as a result spent the season playing for them, while coaching Hawthorn during the week. Twice that season, he had the unusual situation of playing a VFA game against the club that he coached. In one of those matches a Port Melbourne teammate had to be restrained from striking Walton over Walton's vocal support for the player's opponent. In 1923 he was granted his clearance and steered Hawthorn into the finals.
- Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.
- Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.
- Bill Walton's statistics from AFL Tables