|Full name||William Windley|
|Date of birth||28 August 1868|
|Date of death||30 August 1953(aged 85)|
|Original team(s)||South Melbourne (VFA)|
|1886, 1888-1896||South Melbourne (VFA)||140 (30)|
|1897–1905||South Melbourne||129 (36)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1905.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Windley was one of South Melbourne's veteran footballers when they started out in the VFL, having played in the VFA since 1886. He had been a member of their 1888, 1889 and 1890 premiership sides, and their 1896 team that was beaten in the premiership play-off match.
An elusive player, he was a centreman in the VFA but was often used as a rover later on in his career and also spent some time up forward. In the VFL, he captained South Melbourne in 1900 and 1902, and played in their losing 1899 Grand Final team.
He retired one week after his 37th birthday, with his total of 269 career matches being a record for the club until it was broken by Michael O'Loughlin in the 2007 Second Elimination Final, 102 years after Windley's last match, 54 years after his death and 26 years after the Swans had moved to Sydney. 
- "Bill Windley dies.". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 1 September 1953. p. 14. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- For many years, Windley's career match total was believed to be 238 due to incomplete records, and this total was passed by John Rantall in the last round of 1978; Rantall was taken to be the record holder until Round 15 of 2007 on that basis.
- Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.
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