Full Name: WALLY RUSSELL
Date of Birth: 25/03/1923
Height: 178 cm ( 5-10 )
Weight: 80 kg ( 12-8 )
Debut: 09/05/1942, Round 1, Footscray
Last Game: 29/05/1948, Round 7, Hawthorn
Seasons: 1942-43, 1945-48
Total Games: 33
Total Goals: 11
Seasons: 1941-43, 1945-48
Total Games: 61
Honours: Premiership 1946.
Wally was a centreman and half-forward. Recruited from Bacchus Marsh, he won the Competition Best and Fairest, in 1940, as a 17-year-old. In all, Wally spent five seasons with Richmond and was a member of the Reserve’s 1946 Premiership side. He joined Geelong in 1948 and continued with that club in 1949. In 1950, he was playing-coach of the St.Kilda Reserves. He then coached locally before moving to the country where he finally retired, from playing, with Beechworth at the age of 43. He was a Life Member of the Beechworth Football Club. He served in the R.A.A.F, for five years during World War 2. During his service, he was stationed in Canada. A bank worker, he retired as a State Bank Branch Manager. Wally died in 1981. His son, Ivan, played 13 games for Geelong Seniors in 1972 and 1973.
Daeley Colts 1936 ; Bacchus Marsh 1937-41 Honours - Competition Best & Fairest 1940 ).
Geelong 1948-49, Games 25, Goals 19 ; St Kilda Reserves Captain /Coach 1950, Games 18 ; Black Rock Captain/Coach 1951-52 ; Carrum Captain/Coach 1953-62 ( Honours - Premiership 1959, Captain/Coach 1954-58, Club Best & Fairest 1958, Competition Best & Fairest Once ) ; Beechworth 1963-67( Honours - Captain/Coach Seconds 1967 ).