Bill Goggin

William "Bill" Goggin (born 4 January 1941) is a former Australian rules football player in the Victorian Football League for Geelong Football Club and later coached Footscray and Geelong football clubs. Goggin ranks as one of Geelong's greatest ever players in a career that spanned more than a decade. He was a dual best and fairest winner, premiership player and captain of the Cats.

Bill Goggin
Personal information
Date of birth (1941-01-04) 4 January 1941
Original team(s) North Geelong
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1958–1971 Geelong 248 (279)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Victoria 14 (22)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1976–1978 Footscray 45 (21–22–2)
1980–1982 Geelong 66 (40–26–0)
Total 111 (61–48–2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1971.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1982.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Goggin was also an accomplished sprinter, competing on the professional running circuit in the mid-1960s. He won the 1964 Ballarat Gift.

After retiring from the VFL, Goggin coached Geelong West in the Victorian Football Association from 1972 until 1975. He led the club to the 1972 Division 2 premiership, a season in which the club was undefeated, and then to its first and only Division 1 premiership in 1975. He also played with the club in its 1972 premiership, and coached the club again to a Grand Final in 1979.[1] He was also the coach of Victoria in State of Origin games on more than several occasions.

He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2000. His citation read "Famous for roving to Graham "Polly" Farmer and pinpointing Doug Wade up forward."[2] His brother Matt also played for Geelong, and other brother Charlie is a racehorse trainer in Tasmania. Charlie's son Mathew Goggin, is a golfer on the PGA Tour.[3][4]


  1. "Geelong West St Peters Football Club greats". Geelong West St Peters Football Club. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  2. "Hall of Fame players".
  3. McClure, Geoff (5 December 2007). "Now America is agog with Cats and AFL". The Age. Melbourne.
  4. "Goggin takes step back from the big show to share in his mother's glory". 12 November 2008.

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