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Bill Twomey Jnr

Bill Twomey Jnr

1945-1958
26
Other Guernsey Nos.
1, 2, 27

189 CFC Games Played

154 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
28 September 1927
Date of Death
1 October 1996
Recruited From
Fairfield YCW
Collingwood Debut
Round 1, 1945
Height:
179cm
Weight:
76kg

Biography

The most famous of the Twomey brothers, Bill captained the Magpies in 1957.

He developed his football skills at CBC, Clifton Hill, and then with Fairfield YCW before developing into a classy utility with Collingwood.

A gifted and spectacular player he had the strength of a big man and the pace of a small player. He played in a variety of key positions and starred in them all. He even excelled at full-forward kicking eight goals in one dazzling final against Footscray and also bagging 11 in a home and away game. Twomey played mainly in the centre, but was dogged by injury problems late in his career. In fact, he was forced to retire because of a knee injury.

He oozed talent and because football came so easy to him it may have explained why his temperament was not everything it should have been. Because of his recurring injuries Twomey’s commitment was questioned by coach McHale and there was friction between the two as Twomey’s consistency wavered.

He was dropped in 1951 and refused to play in the seconds then briefly retired.

He fought back to play in the 1953 Collingwood premiership side and was Magpie best and fairest in 1956.

In 1957 he was appointed captain, and responded with his only uninterrupted season. He was a Victorian representative seven times.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1945-1958 189 154 17 65%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1945 21 3 0 27

1945 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 0 27 View match >
Round 2 Sydney L 0 27 View match >
Round 3 Melbourne W 0 27 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 0 27 View match >
Round 5 Essendon L 0 27 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 0 27 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 27 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy L 1 0 27 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 0 27 View match >
Round 10 Geelong W 0 27 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs L 0 27 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne W 0 27 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 2 0 27 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 0 27 View match >
Round 16 Essendon W 0 27 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 27 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 0 27 View match >
Round 19 Fitzroy W 0 27 View match >
Round 20 Richmond W 0 27 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 0 27 View match >
Preliminary Final Carlton L 0 27 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1946 18 2 0 25

1946 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 0 25 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 25 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 0 25 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda W 1 0 25 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 0 25 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs L 0 25 View match >
Round 7 Geelong W 0 25 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 25 View match >
Round 9 Essendon L 0 25 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 0 25 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne L 0 25 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 1 0 25 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 0 25 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 0 25 View match >
Round 16 Richmond L 0 25 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 0 25 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 0 25 View match >
Semi Final Essendon D 0 25 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1947 14 5 0 26

1947 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 0 26 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 0 26 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 2 0 26 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne L 0 26 View match >
Round 7 Richmond L 0 26 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 0 26 View match >
Round 9 Carlton W 0 26 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 0 26 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 0 26 View match >
Round 15 Sydney D 0 26 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 0 26 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 19 Essendon L 1 0 26 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1948 20 18 0 26

1948 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 2 0 26 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 0 26 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 0 26 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 26 View match >
Round 6 Richmond L 0 26 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 26 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne W 0 26 View match >
Round 9 Hawthorn W 0 26 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy W 0 26 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 0 26 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 14 Essendon L 0 26 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 0 26 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 0 26 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne L 1 0 26 View match >
Semi Final Western Bulldogs W 8 0 26 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne L 3 0 26 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1949 8 9 0 26

1949 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 10 Richmond W 0 26 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 0 26 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne L 0 26 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne L 1 0 26 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 2 0 26 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 26 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda L 3 0 26 View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 0 26 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1950 4 18 0 26

1950 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Fitzroy W 3 0 26 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 11 0 26 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 3 0 26 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 1 0 26 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1951 8 12 0 26

1951 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 3 0 26 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 26 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 0 26 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 2 0 26 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 4 0 26 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 0 26 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 2 0 26 View match >
Preliminary Final Essendon L 1 0 26 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1952 17 25 0 26

1952 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 26 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 0 26 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 26 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 0 26 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 2 0 26 View match >
Round 8 Richmond W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 26 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 2 0 26 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 26 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 5 0 26 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne W 6 0 26 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 4 0 26 View match >
Preliminary Final Fitzroy W 2 0 26 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 0 26 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1953 15 27 0 0 26

1953 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 9 0 26 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 4 0 26 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 6 0 26 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 2 0 26 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 0 26 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 1 0 26 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 0 26 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 0 26 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn W 1 0 26 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 0 26 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 26 View match >
Semi Final Geelong W 1 0 26 View match >
Grand Final Geelong W 0 0 0 26 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1954 11 2 0 26

1954 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 0 26 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 26 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 0 26 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 0 26 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 0 26 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 0 26 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 0 26 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 0 26 View match >
Round 15 Essendon L 0 26 View match >
Round 17 Geelong L 0 26 View match >
Round 18 Richmond L 2 0 26 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1955 12 2 0 26

1955 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs L 0 26 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne W 0 26 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 0 26 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn L 0 26 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 26 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 0 26 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 0 26 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 0 26 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 0 26 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 26 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs L 2 0 26 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 26 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1956 15 14 1 0 2

1956 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 0 2 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 3 0 2 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 0 2 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 2 0 2 View match >
Round 6 Geelong W 0 2 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 0 2 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 0 2 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 2 0 2 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 6 0 2 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 0 2 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W 0 2 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne L 0 2 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 2 View match >
Preliminary Final Western Bulldogs W 0 2 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 1 1 0 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1957 18 11 0 1

1957 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 0 1 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne L 0 1 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 0 1 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 0 1 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 1 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs L 0 1 View match >
Round 9 Richmond L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 10 Carlton W 4 0 1 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 12 Essendon L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne D 0 1 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 0 1 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 0 1 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda L 0 1 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1958 8 6 0 1

1958 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 1 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 0 1 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 0 1 View match >
Round 15 Essendon L 0 1 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne L 0 1 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 189 154 1
Avg/Game   0.81 0.01
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

487

Total AFL Games
189
Total AFL Goals
154
CFC Debut
Round 1, 1945
CFC Last Game
Round 18, 1958
Recruited From
Fairfield YCW
Full Name
Bill J Twomey Jnr

Awards

  • Life Members
    1955
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2007
  • E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1956
  • Runner up Best and Fairest (R.T. Rush Trophy)
    1946
  • Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy)
    1948
  • Team Captain
    1957
  • Premiership
    1953
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