Bill Smeaton

Image DOB: 11 December 1928

Debut: Round 1, 1951 against Essendon at Windy Hill
Last Game: Round 8, 1952 against Fitzroy at North Hobart Oval

From: Ararat

Number: 28 1951-1952

Games: 17
Goals: 33
Career Statistics

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Recruited after booting 120 goals in the 1950 Wimmera League season, Melbourne officials had tried to sign Smeaton during that season - especially after he kicked 16 goals in a game - but had to wait another year to get their hands on the 22-year-old forward after he decided to stay with Ararat for the remainder of the season. It seemed the wait was well worth it when he booted nine goals in his first intra-club game, causing officials to rush to label him the "best forward recruit since John Coleman"

Ararat gave him a two match permit to play in the VFL, with the promise that he'd be cleared if he played in the first two games of 1951. After a slow start he he lived up to his promise early, kicking twenty goals in his first ten games before being dropped, despite at one point early in the year threatening to leave because he didn't like the service he was receiving from midfielders. It was only the signing of Noel Clarke which convinced him to stay.

Smeaton played another game late that year, but was out of favour. In January 1952 he was appointed coach of Castlemaine but returned to Melbourne during the year. He booted thirteen goals in six games before leaving the club again. At the end of 1952 he was cleared to Ballarat East as playing coach and remained there until the end of 1953. He returned to Ararat in 1955, and in the first four rounds of the season kicked 15, 10, 6 and 14 goals.

1951 11200
1952 6130

Horsham Times - 30/05/1950
Argus - 01/07/1950
Argus - 09/04/1951
Age - 10/04/1951
Age - 19/04/1951
Argus - 02/05/1951
Argus - 03/05/1951
Weekly Times - 16/01/1952
Age - 13/12/1952
Sporting Globe - 21/04/1954
Age - 09/05/1955

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