From: Wesley College
Number: 16 (1945-1952)
After just five games in his debut season, interrupted by Navy duty, the 6ft tall former captain of the Wesley College school side was voted Most Improved Player in 1946 and played in the Demons losing Grand Final side. He played as an amateur that year.
One of the best in the 1948 Grand Final Replay victory, Bickford was recruited as defender but became better known as a centreman with excellent disposal on his long kicks. The 1949 club annual report even described the centre combination of Bickford, Jackson and Dockett as one of the best the club had ever had.
Bickford's son Stephen later played for the Demons and served on the board. His father Edric played for Essendon in 1912 then with Carlton from 1920 to 1922, and his uncle Albert played for Melbourne between 1908 and 1909.