Billy Libbis

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Billy Libbis
Billy Libbis (before 1935).jpg
Personal information
Full name William E. Libbis
Nickname(s) Pickles
Date of birth 2 July 1903
Place of birth Coburg, Victoria
Date of death 15 August 1986(1986-08-15) (aged 83)
Original team(s) Fairfield
Height / weight 175 cm / 80 kg
Position(s) Rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1925–1933 Collingwood 138 (150)
1933–1935 Melbourne 039 0(25)
Total 177 (175)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1926–1933 Victoria 12
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1935.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1933.
Sources: AFL Tables,

William E. "Billy" Libbis (2 July 1903 – 15 August 1986)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood and Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Libbis was a rover and made his debut in 1925. He became a member of the successful Collingwood side which won four consecutive premierships from 1927 to 1930, Libbis the first rover for each grand final. Gordon Coventry called him "the best rover he ever saw".[2]

At the beginning of the 1933 season Libbis protested against the player's weekly match payments being reduced and he was cleared to leave the club for Melbourne.


  1. ^ "Billy Libbis". Collingwood Forever. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2011). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (9th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. p. 497. ISBN 978-1-921496-12-7.

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