William Henry Hutchison was a legend of the game of Australian Rules football who played for the Essendon Football club between the years of 1942 and 1957. Considered one of the finest rovers ever to play the game, he was a vital part of Essendon’s premiership sides in 1942, 1946, 1949 and 1950.

Bill Hutchison developed into one of the greatest rovers the game has seen. Initially he began his football career at the Dons as a half forward flanker but after his first year moved and developed into one of the greatest rovers the game has ever seen. Always a dangerous player near goal, Hutchison averaged nearly two goals a game over the course of his 16-season, 290 game VFL career (1942-57), during which he took part in no fewer than eight Grand Finals for four flags. Despite his small stature, he managed to remain remarkably injury free, a tribute both to his speed of movement and adroitness of mind

Hutchison won the first of seven Essendon best and fairest awards in 1946, by which time he was already a stalwart in VFL representative sides, for which he made a near record 30 appearances, earning All Australian selection in 1953 and 1956. ‘Hutchy’ played 290 games for Essendon between 1942 and 1957. He played in four Premiership sides, 10 Grand Finals and captained Essendon 122 times. Despite a propensity to ‘backchat’ to umpires, he almost invariably polled well in the Brownlow, finally breaking through for win the first of his 2 Brownlow Medals in 1953.

Always a dangerous player near goal, Hutchison averaged nearly two goals a game over the course of his 16-season, 290 game VFL career (1942-57), during which he took part in no fewer than eight Grand Finals for four flags. Despite his small stature, he managed to remain remarkably injury free, a tribute both to his speed of movement and adroitness of mind.

Bill Hutchison was a legend on the football field and a man of impeccable character off it and respected and admired by all.

Playing Career

1942 – 1957 Essendon

Games

290

Goals

496

Playing Honours

  • Essendon premiership side: 1942, 1946, 1949–1950
  • Essendon captain: 1951–1957
  • Brownlow Medal winner: 1952 and 1953
  • Essendon best and fairest: 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952-1953, 1955–1956
  • Essendon Team of the century
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame member (legend status)
  • All-Australian Team: 1953 and 1956

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