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Bill Serong

Bill Serong

1956-1961
22
Other Guernsey Nos.
14

98 CFC Games Played

52 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
5 May 1936
Recruited From
Terang
Collingwood Debut
Round 1, 1956
Height:
183cm
Weight:
83kg

Biography

A brilliantly-talented centreman from CBC Parade, Serong combined football with legal studies. He earlier had been transferred to Terang as a teacher and Collingwood had to fight off Geelong for his signature.

Serong also was Australian handball champion and later captain-coached Echuca. Serong was quick and strong and had tremendous agility, even being used as a rover at one stage.

He was runner-up to Bob Skilton and Verdun Howell in the 1959 Brownlow Medal count and was Magpie vice-captain in 1961.

He was surprisingly dumped by Collingwood, but at North won the best and fairest in his only year and was mentioned as a possibility for the coaching job in 1963, but his job in the legal profession caused his retirement from the game at 27.

He was a valued member of the famous 1958 flag win.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1956-1961 98 52 9 58%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1956 20 20 1 0 22

1956 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 0 22 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 6 Geelong W 0 22 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 0 22 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 3 0 22 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 0 22 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 0 22 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 3 0 22 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W 3 0 22 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Preliminary Final Western Bulldogs W 0 22 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 1 1 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1957 17 17 0 22

1957 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 2 0 22 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 0 22 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 0 22 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 22 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 9 Richmond L 2 0 22 View match >
Round 10 Carlton W 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 12 Essendon L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne D 0 22 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 0 22 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 6 0 22 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda L 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1958 12 4 2 0 22, 14

1958 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 7 North Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 0 22 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 0 22 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs W 0 22 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 0 22 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy L 0 22 View match >
Round 15 Essendon L 0 22 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Preliminary Final North Melbourne W 2 0 22 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne W 0 2 0 14 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1959 19 4 0 22

1959 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 0 22 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 0 22 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 0 22 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 0 22 View match >
Round 7 Geelong W 0 22 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy L 0 22 View match >
Round 9 Essendon W 0 22 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 0 22 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 0 22 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W 0 22 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 0 22 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 0 22 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 0 22 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 0 22 View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1960 20 5 0 22

1960 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 0 22 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 22 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 0 22 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda L 0 22 View match >
Round 6 Sydney L 0 22 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne L 2 0 22 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 22 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 2 0 22 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 22 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 0 22 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy L 0 22 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn L 0 22 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 0 22 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 0 22 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 0 22 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 0 22 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 0 22 View match >
Preliminary Final Fitzroy W 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1961 10 2 0 22

1961 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L 0 22 View match >
Round 2 Richmond L 0 22 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 0 22 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs L 0 22 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy L 0 22 View match >
Round 6 Carlton L 1 0 22 View match >
Round 7 Essendon W 1 0 22 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 0 22 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne L 0 22 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 98 52 3
Avg/Game   0.53 0.03
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

580

Total AFL Games
114
Total AFL Goals
60
CFC Debut
Round 1, 1956
CFC Last Game
Round 14, 1961
Recruited From
Terang
Full Name
Bill Serong

Awards

  • Life Members
    2008
  • Runner up Best and Fairest (R.T. Rush Trophy)
    1960
  • Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy)
    1959
  • Premiership
    1958
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