Billy Deans

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Billy Deans
Billy Deans (before 1950).jpg
Personal information
Full name William Deans
Date of birth 2 December 1922
Date of death 7 August 2006(2006-08-07) (aged 83)
Original team(s) Dandenong
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Position(s) Back pocket
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1941 South Melbourne 001 0(1)
1942–1950 Melbourne 151 (20)
Total 152 (21)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1950.
Sources: AFL Tables,

William "Billy" Deans (2 December 1922 – 7 August 2006)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for South Melbourne and Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

A back pocket from Dandenong, Deans was a regular in defence for Melbourne throughout the decade. He played in the 1946 VFL Grand Final which Melbourne lost but got another chance to play in a premiership in 1948, this time finishing on the winning side, although only after a Grand Final Replay. Deans had started his career at South Melbourne in 1941 but only managed the single senior appearance. After finishing up with the Demons at the end of 1950, he was cleared to Victorian Football Association side Northcote to become playing coach for the 1951 season.[2] Deans was made a life member of the Melbourne Football Club in 1970.[1]


  1. ^ a b "AFL Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Australian Football League. p. 112. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Cannon, Jack (12 April 1951). "Transfers granted". The Argus. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.

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