Billy Picken

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Billy Picken
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-06-07) 7 June 1956 (age 60)
Original team(s) Macarthur
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1974–1983 Collingwood 207 (44)
1984–1985 Sydney Swans 028 0(0)
1986 Collingwood 005 0(2)
Total 240 (46)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1986.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Billy Picken (born 7 June 1956) is a former Australian Australian rules footballer who played for the Collingwood Football Club and the Sydney Swans. Picken arrived at Collingwood in 1974 from Macarthur as a forward but developed into one of the games finest centre-half backs. Despite playing in four losing Grand Finals Picken maintained his reputation as a finals performer & was recognised for his fine contributions when named in the Collingwood Team of the century. When Picken controversially moved to the Swans in 1984 he was hit by a succession of injuries for the first time in his career. He later returned to Victoria Park to captain-coach the reserves.

Picken is the father of Western Bulldogs player, Liam Picken and former Brisbane Lions player Marcus Picken, and also the uncle of former Brisbane Lions captain, Jonathan Brown.

He also played first-grade cricket for Collingwood Cricket Club and had the dubious distinction of being the first first-grade cricketer ever to be suspended by the Victorian Cricket Association for striking an opponent during a cricket match.

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