Bill Patterson        

Bill Patterson

Playing Career: 1897 - 1898
Debut: Round 8, 1897 vs Fitzroy aged 23 years and 286 days old
Carlton Player No. 35
Games: 5 plus 69 VFA games
Goals: 0 (1 goal VFA)
Last Game: Round 13, 1898 vs Fitzroy aged 24 years and 334 days old
DOB: September 13, 1873

Patterson played 5 games for Carlton after debuting in 1897. Patterson was born in Learmouth, and was recruited from Rainbow via Carlton's VFA team.

W. Patterson is listed as playing for Carlton (V.F.A.) 1893 - 1895 recruited from Rainbow, a local junior team.
Bill would have been aged 19.
Played 19 games in 1893, 18 in 1894, 17 and 1 goal in 1895, 15 games in 1896. Total of 69 VFA games.

At the Carlton AGM April 04 1898 Bill Patterson was presented with a Past Service/Long Service certificate.

He died aged 66 on December 17, 1939.


With only the surnames mentioned it is difficult to work out the player's games played.
There were two or three players named Patterson in the 1890's
Patterson was named in 1893, 1894, 1895 & 1896 teams. (Possibly 73 games)
Another Patterson who was said to be the other's brother, was named in 1895 & 1896. (Possibly 26 games)
A player named J. Patterson (a misprint?) kicked a goal in 1895.

Patterson (Bill or Alby?) In Carlton side that was weak all round, named as one of Carlton's better players for season 1894. (VFA)
(The Carlton Story, H. Buggy and H. Bell, p74)

Volume 5 of "Origins of Australian Football" (p54) has William Arthur 'Bill' Patterson playing from 1893 - 1898.
Bill's senior debut was May 09 1896 v Essendon on the East Melbourne C. G. age 22 years 239 days.
He played 69 VFA plus 5 VFL games for a total of 74. He scored 1 goal in 1896.

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