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.