Shane Williams (Australian footballer)

Shane Williams (born 14 August 1959) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Richmond, Geelong and Footscray in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1980s.

Shane Williams
Personal information
Full name Shane Williams
Date of birth (1959-08-14) 14 August 1959
Original team(s) North Hobart
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Position(s) Half forward flanker
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1979–1983 Richmond 27 (14)
1985–1987 Geelong 21 0(7)
1987–1988 Footscray 13 0(9)
Total 61 (30)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1988.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Originally playing in Melbourne with Essex Heights, a Richmond feeder club, he impressed with his speed and skills. Williams, a half forward flanker, had a VFL career plagued by injuries and could only manage six senior appearances in his first three years at Richmond. He was on the wing when Richmond lost the 1982 Grand Final, having broken into the team earlier in the year and played 18 successive games leading up to the premiership decider.

After not playing a single game in 1984, the North Hobart recruit crossed to Geelong the following season and managed 16 games in his first year. He then suffered a shoulder injury and was offloaded to Footscray during the 1987 season where he would finish his career. He currently resides in Hobart with his family.


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