Bill Comben

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Bill Comben played U/19's football for Carlton from 1946 to 1949.

He was the older brother of Carlton players Bruce Comben and John Comben.

Comben) and his younger brother Bruce Comben hailed from Werribee South, where their parents ran a local grocery store. In 1946 both Comben boys joined Bill up at Carlton to play with the U/19's. Both boys showed promise and were determined to play VFL football – before a major problem arose. As the post-World War II recession eased, the family business began expanding, and it was painfully obvious that both lads couldn’t be spared to chase their dream. One of them would have to put the family first, and give up league football for a career in the grocery trade.

They tossed a coin to decide the matter, and it was Bruce who called right. Bill returned home for good to help secure his family’s future, while forging a solid career as a player, captain and captain-coach of Werribee’s VFA side. Meanwhile, Bruce developed into a star rover with the thirds at Carlton.

As a result of this decision Bill Comben didn't manage to play a senior game for Carlton.

There was also another brother John Comben who later played with Carlton in the mid 1960's.

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