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Bill Picken

Bill Picken

1974-1983, 1986
25
Other Guernsey Nos.
2

212CFC Games Played

46CFC Goals

Date of Birth
7 June 1956
Recruited From
Heywood
Collingwood Debut
Round 5, 1974
Height:
185cm
Weight:
81kg

Biography

A brilliant mark who came from Macarthur as a forward and made an immediate impression, Picken developed into one of the League’s best centre half-backs and even though he played in four losing grand final sides he maintained a reputation as a finals performer.

He won the award for the club’s best finals player four times and his spectacular marking meant that no centre half-forward could expect an easy time against him.

He was tremendously popular at Collingwood because he never stopped trying. Not the greatest kick in the world, a defect that led to him being placed in defence.

A great character, Picken was known to shout “it’s yours Billy” as he leapt for a mark.

Picken came third in the 1977 Brownlow and ran second in the club’s best and fairest four times and came third once before winning it outright in 1983.

It was a surprise when Collingwood overlooked him for a leadership position in 1983, a year in which Picken won the Copeland Trophy.

The following year he was snapped up by the Swans for a $155,000 transfer fee in their recruiting splurge, but for the first time in his career was hit by a succession of injuries and in his second year he moved back to Victoria to live and train with the Swans’ Melbourne group.

After two years he returned to his beloved Victoria Park as reserves captain-coach and played a few more senior games.

Picken’s two sons, Marcus and Liam, later went on to carve out senior careers with Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs. Ironically, Liam had developed under Collingwood’s nose with its VFL affiliate Williamstown before he was added to the Bulldogs’ rookie list ahead of 2009.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1974-1983, 1986 212 46 21 58%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1974 17 25 15 173 25 198 25

1974 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 5 Carlton W 3 3 8 2 10 25 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 2 1 9 1 10 25 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 1 3 6 1 7 25 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 1 1 18 3 21 25 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 11 3 14 25 View match >
Round 12 Essendon W 1 1 10 1 11 25 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 2 10 1 11 25 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy W 3 16 2 18 25 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 1 2 8 8 25 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 1 9 2 11 25 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 6 13 1 14 25 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda L 9 9 25 View match >
Round 19 Geelong W 1 8 1 9 25 View match >
Round 21 North Melbourne L 1 3 12 2 14 25 View match >
Round 22 Sydney L 1 9 2 11 25 View match >
Elimination Final Western Bulldogs W 1 1 13 3 16 25 View match >
Semi Final Hawthorn L 4 4 25 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1975 11 2 5 145 23 168 25

1975 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 3 Fitzroy W 1 3 6 6 25 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 1 6 3 9 25 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 6 4 10 25 View match >
Round 13 Carlton L 1 5 1 6 25 View match >
Round 17 Richmond L 15 1 16 25 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne L 23 7 30 25 View match >
Round 19 Essendon W 14 1 15 25 View match >
Round 20 St Kilda W 18 1 19 25 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn W 1 9 2 11 25 View match >
Round 22 Melbourne W 22 3 25 25 View match >
Elimination Final Richmond L 21 21 25 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1976 20 3 3 299 51 350 25

1976 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton L 11 11 25 View match >
Round 2 Sydney L 10 2 12 25 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn L 19 1 20 25 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 11 11 25 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda L 17 3 20 25 View match >
Round 6 Geelong L 1 10 6 16 25 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 14 2 16 25 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 17 17 25 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs L 16 3 19 25 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 13 5 18 25 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 21 4 25 25 View match >
Round 12 Carlton W 19 4 23 25 View match >
Round 13 Sydney L 2 2 12 2 14 25 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 1 20 2 22 25 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn L 13 2 15 25 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda L 14 3 17 25 View match >
Round 17 Geelong L 10 1 11 25 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne L 15 3 18 25 View match >
Round 19 Fitzroy L 15 4 19 25 View match >
Round 20 Western Bulldogs L 22 4 26 25 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1977 24 0 2 322 75 397 25

1977 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 15 2 17 25 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne L 8 2 10 25 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 13 7 20 25 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 14 5 19 25 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 14 4 18 25 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 13 3 16 25 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 13 6 19 25 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 16 2 18 25 View match >
Round 9 Hawthorn W 15 3 18 25 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 16 3 19 25 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 10 5 15 25 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs W 10 1 11 25 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 11 4 15 25 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 11 1 12 25 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 1 12 4 16 25 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 15 3 18 25 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 21 2 23 25 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda W 1 22 7 29 25 View match >
Round 20 Hawthorn L 16 2 18 25 View match >
Round 21 Sydney W 12 3 15 25 View match >
Round 22 Melbourne W 15 15 25 View match >
Semi Final Hawthorn W 8 3 11 25 View match >
Grand Final North Melbourne D 0 0 16 1 17 25 View match >
Grand Final North Melbourne L 0 0 6 2 8 25 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1978 24 3 3 371 72 443 25

1978 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 15 1 16 25 View match >
Round 2 Essendon W 15 1 16 25 View match >
Round 3 Sydney L 18 2 20 25 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn L 12 3 15 25 View match >
Round 5 North Melbourne L 17 1 18 25 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 11 3 14 25 View match >
Round 7 Carlton L 25 2 27 25 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 14 1 15 25 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 10 3 13 25 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 24 8 32 25 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 17 5 22 25 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 10 1 11 25 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 14 2 16 25 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 7 8 15 25 View match >
Round 16 North Melbourne L 10 1 11 25 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy W 14 1 15 25 View match >
Round 18 Carlton L 17 2 19 25 View match >
Round 19 Western Bulldogs W 1 1 17 4 21 25 View match >
Round 20 Richmond W 17 6 23 25 View match >
Round 21 St Kilda W 2 2 15 1 16 25 View match >
Round 22 Melbourne W 13 4 17 25 View match >
Qualifying Final Hawthorn L 20 1 21 25 View match >
Semi Final Carlton W 22 6 28 25 View match >
Preliminary Final North Melbourne L 17 5 22 25 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1979 26 4 1 357 121 478 25

1979 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy L 23 4 27 25 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 14 3 17 25 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne L 13 6 19 25 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda W 18 10 28 25 View match >
Round 5 Western Bulldogs W 11 7 18 25 View match >
Round 6 Essendon L 15 5 20 25 View match >
Round 7 Geelong W 12 7 19 25 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 14 9 23 25 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 17 2 19 25 View match >
Round 10 Carlton L 17 17 25 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 4 5 9 25 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy L 1 1 10 5 15 25 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 10 9 19 25 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 18 8 26 25 View match >
Round 15 North Melbourne L 1 14 2 16 25 View match >
Round 16 Western Bulldogs W 12 4 16 25 View match >
Round 17 Essendon W 15 6 21 25 View match >
Round 18 Geelong L 14 5 19 25 View match >
Round 19 Sydney W 14 3 17 25 View match >
Round 20 Richmond W 12 4 16 25 View match >
Round 21 Carlton W 2 9 9 25 View match >
Round 22 Melbourne W 8 5 13 25 View match >
Qualifying Final North Melbourne L 22 3 25 25 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy W 15 4 19 25 View match >
Preliminary Final North Melbourne W 12 12 25 View match >
Grand Final Carlton L 0 0 14 5 19 25 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1980 26 3 5 371 95 466 25

1980 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton L 14 3 17 25 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne W 16 1 17 25 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn L 14 6 20 25 View match >
Round 4 Richmond L 13 1 14 25 View match >
Round 5 Essendon W 20 4 24 25 View match >
Round 6 St Kilda W 16 1 17 25 View match >
Round 7 Sydney L 14 3 17 25 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy D 16 12 28 25 View match >
Round 9 Geelong W 10 3 13 25 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs W 10 1 11 25 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 1 12 1 13 25 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 12 7 19 25 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 20 5 25 25 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 12 7 19 25 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 14 2 16 25 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn W 15 2 17 25 View match >
Round 17 St Kilda W 10 4 14 25 View match >
Round 18 Sydney W 19 1 20 25 View match >
Round 19 Fitzroy W 16 1 17 25 View match >
Round 20 Geelong L 17 2 19 25 View match >
Round 21 Western Bulldogs W 16 1 17 25 View match >
Round 22 Melbourne W 8 8 16 25 View match >
Elimination Final North Melbourne W 10 8 18 25 View match >
Semi Final Carlton W 16 3 19 25 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 13 7 20 25 View match >
Grand Final Richmond L 3 4 18 1 19 25 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1981 24 2 3 308 86 394 25

1981 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 9 1 10 25 View match >
Round 2 Western Bulldogs W 17 7 24 25 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 20 3 23 25 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 16 5 21 25 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 1 17 6 23 25 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 10 1 11 25 View match >
Round 7 Sydney W 11 3 14 25 View match >
Round 8 Essendon L 9 3 12 25 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 8 4 12 25 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 18 3 21 25 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn L 17 3 20 25 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs W 17 4 21 25 View match >
Round 13 St Kilda W 16 7 23 25 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 12 12 25 View match >
Round 17 Sydney L 9 3 12 25 View match >
Round 18 Essendon L 5 1 6 25 View match >
Round 19 North Melbourne W 10 10 25 View match >
Round 20 Richmond W 1 14 4 18 25 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn W 7 6 13 25 View match >
Round 22 Fitzroy L 13 4 17 25 View match >
Qualifying Final Geelong L 1 2 7 3 10 25 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy W 14 4 18 25 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 15 7 22 25 View match >
Grand Final Carlton L 0 0 17 4 21 25 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1982 15 1 1 180 70 250 25

1982 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Western Bulldogs W 14 5 19 25 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 19 3 22 25 View match >
Round 4 Richmond L 1 12 11 23 25 View match >
Round 5 North Melbourne L 1 12 2 14 25 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy L 6 3 9 25 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 10 4 14 25 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda W 10 3 13 25 View match >
Round 15 North Melbourne L 17 17 25 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 13 1 14 25 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 7 2 9 25 View match >
Round 18 Sydney L 11 8 19 25 View match >
Round 19 Hawthorn L 11 7 18 25 View match >
Round 20 Melbourne L 12 5 17 25 View match >
Round 21 St Kilda L 13 9 22 25 View match >
Round 22 Geelong W 13 7 20 25 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1983 20 1 4 251 146 397 25

1983 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 8 10 18 25 View match >
Round 2 Geelong L 13 19 32 25 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 1 8 7 15 25 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 8 4 12 25 View match >
Round 5 Hawthorn L 13 4 17 25 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 12 7 19 25 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 13 3 16 25 View match >
Round 8 Richmond W 11 7 18 25 View match >
Round 9 Sydney L 14 4 18 25 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy L 18 8 26 25 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda W 16 5 21 25 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 21 6 27 25 View match >
Round 13 Geelong L 12 7 19 25 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 15 6 21 25 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 13 2 15 25 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 15 11 26 25 View match >
Round 19 Richmond W 8 15 23 25 View match >
Round 20 Sydney W 9 8 17 25 View match >
Round 21 Fitzroy L 8 8 16 25 View match >
Round 22 St Kilda W 1 3 16 5 21 25 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1986 5 2 41 11 52 2

1986 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 2 6 1 7 2 View match >
Round 8 Hawthorn L 12 4 16 2 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 14 2 16 2 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 3 2 5 2 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne L 6 2 8 2 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 212 46 42 2818 775 3593
Avg/Game   0.22 0.20 13.29 3.66 16.95
Legend
  • GP Games Played
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • T Tackles
  • D Disposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

746

Total AFL Games
240
Total AFL Goals
46
CFC Debut
Round 5, 1974
CFC Last Game
Round 18, 1986
Recruited From
Heywood
Full Name
Bill Picken

Awards

  • All Australian
    1983
  • Life Members
    1986
  • Most Determined Player
    1978
  • Reserves/VFL Best and Fairest
    1975
  • x4
    Best Finals Player (Bob Rose Award)
    1975, 1978, 1979, 1981
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2006
  • CFC Team of the Century
  • x2
    E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1978, 1983
  • x3
    Runner up Best and Fairest (R.T. Rush Trophy)
    1977, 1979, 1981
  • Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy)
    1975
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