PLAYERS - Dedman, William

William Hine James Dedman


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Career: 1878 to 1879
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Debut: v South Adelaide (Adelaide) 18th May 1878
Finale: v South Park (South Parklands) 13th Sept 1879

Premierships: 1878, 1879
Leading Goalkicker: 1878, 1879
VFL/AFL Clubs: Carlton


Carlton United 1869, Prince Alfred 1870, Carlton United 1870, Prince Alfred and Brunswick 1870, Carlton 1871, 1873-76, South Adelaide 1877, South Adelaide 1880, Hotham (Tasmania) 1881, City (Launceston, Tasmania) 1882-1885.

Deadly goalsneak Billy Dedman was aged around twenty-five but already had a substantial football career behind him in Melbourne, and then with South Adelaide in the inaugural year of the SAFA competition in 1877, before joining Norwood. While at Carlton he was described as ‘active, quick, and straight and puzzling’ by The Footballer in 1874, kicked 13 of the Blues’ 36 goals for the season in 1875, and did even better to finish with 18 goals in 1876 to lead the Victorian goalkicking. In 1877 with South Adelaide he proved to be an exciting player, a strong mark and grand kick, as a forward, wing and half-back as well as kicking 10 goals for the premier team. Adept at kicking with either foot he could use a full range of kicks (place, drop and punt) to goal from any angle up to a distance of sixty yards.  Dedman came to Norwood in controversial circumstances from South Adelaide and played in 10 games for the season.

From  Whimpress, B  1878; Norwood’s first year, by B Whimpress, research by M Coligan. Norwood, Norwood Football Club History Group, 2013 p 85

See Also. Blueseum: History of Carlton Football Club Billy Dedman

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