George Bisset (footballer)

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George Bisset
Personal information
Date of birth (1943-03-10) 10 March 1943 (age 76)
Original team(s) Braybrook (FDFL)
Height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1963–1972 Footscray 166 (288)
1973–1974 Collingwood 041 0(49)
Total 207 (337)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1974.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

George Bisset (born 10 March 1943) is a former Australian rules footballer.


He played as a rover and spent most of his career at Footscray.

1969 Brownlow Medal[edit]

In 1969, Bisset came second to Fitzroy's Kevin Murray by one vote.[1]

Bisset had been reported for striking Carlton's Ian Robertson during the 12 July 1969 match against Carlton; and, although evidence was given that Bisset had punched Robertson (who had also been reported for striking Bisset) at least six times, the charge against Bisset was not sustained.[2]

As a result of being reported, Bisset was not eligible to receive Brownlow votes (for the best player amongst the fairest) for that match; and, given that he had more than 30 "disposals" and had kicked 6 goals, it was very likely that he would have received, at least, one vote.

Team of the Century[edit]

He is a half forward in Footscray's official Team of the Century.


Moving to Collingwood in 1973 under the short-lived VFL's "10-year rule", which allowed players with ten years' service at one club to move to another club without a clearance, Bisset played 41 games in two seasons (1973 and 1974) and kicked 49 goals.[3]


  1. ^ Carter, Ron, "Tense Brownlow to Kevin Murray", The Age, (Tuesday, 2 September 1969), p.26.
  2. ^ Carter, Ron, "Ian Robertson and Bisset not guilty of striking", The Age, (Wednesday, 16 July 1969), p.26, p.24.
  3. ^ The 10-year rule was introduced by the VFL in August 1972, in order to render it immune from the sorts of "restraint of trade" difficulties that were being experienced, at the time, in New South Wales in relation to Rugby League footballers. Although twenty-two VFL players were eligible under the rule, only Bisset, Barry Davis, Carl Ditterich, John Rantall, Adrian Gallagher, and Doug Wade, took advantage of it — transferring to Collingwood, North Melbourne, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Footscray, and North Melbourne (respectively). The rule was rescinded in May 1973.

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