Bill Shelton

Image DOB: 3 August 1902
Died: 11 May 1995

Debut: Round 7, 1919 against Fitzroy at MCG
Last Game: Round 6, 1925 against Richmond at Punt Road

From: Punt Road Methodists/Prahran Technical School/North Melbourne/Brighton

Number: 30 (1919), 13 (1920-1924), 20 (1925)

Victorian state player - 1924

Games: 54
Goals: 17
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

A 16-year-old ruckman, Shelton trialled with North Melbourne, then was cleared from Brighton in June 1919, halfway through his first senior season. At the end of the year Shelton was picked for a match between VFL and VFA players who worked in the public service. He played for the team representing state government employees.

He broke into the senior side almost immediately as Melbourne looked for players anywhere they could find them during a winless season, and added another 11 the next year but never played a full season.

He lived in Wonthaggi in 1924, travelling back and forth to Melbourne each week to play. He joined the Wonthaggi club in early 1926 to test a leg that was injured in 1925, and was cleared back to the Redlegs five weeks later. Despite this he failed to play another VFL match.

At 16 years and 315 days Shelton would remain the youngest player to debut for the club until Bob Stone played his first game aged 16 years and 25 days in 1942.

His cousin Jack Shelton later played for St Kilda and South Melbourne.

1919 81n/a
1920 115n/a
1921 22/n/a
1922 42n/a
1923 125n/a
1924 1310
1925 410

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Youngest Players

Shown in clearance reports as H. Shelton.

Argus - 12/06/1919
Argus - 16/06/1919
Argus - 12/09/1919
Sporting Globe - 16/08/1922
Sporting Globe - 14/06/1924
Sporting Globe - 21/06/1924
Football Record R5 1926
Herald - 19/05/1926
Football Record R10 1926

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