William James Strang

Last edited on 2nd August 2019.

Nickname:Cocker
Place of birth:Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Born:10th July 1883
Died:9th May 1937
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(Printed in 1908) Billy Strang, name is well-known wherever tho Australian game is played. Born at Albury, He took part in tho game there for many seasons and was captain of tho Pirates. In 1903 he went to Victoria, and became one of the foremost players of the famous South Melbourne Club, building up a great reputation, a an aerial artist and magnificent kick. In the South Melbourne-Combined Sydney match at tho Agricultural Ground last season, the Blues had a lead of 15 points at half-time. In the third Quarter, however, Strang put a different complexion on affairs by kicking two goals from somewhere in the vicinity of sixty yards, and was undoubtedly the means of his club winning the match. In the memorable final between Carlton and South Melbourne last season, when the latter won by the narrow margin of five points. Strang was a great thorn in tho side or the Carlton, as he kicked three goals.

Coming to Sydney before this season started, Strang became attached to the Y.M.C.A, and has performed brilliantly. He captained the Combined Sydney team against Norwood in the last match, and also played finely, his high-marking being the best on the ground. There is not the slightest suspicion of Toughness or unfairness about Strang's football, and aspirants could not do better than take him for a pattern.

(Printed 1912) Apparently reliable information is current that Billy Strang will shortly leave Sydney to enter business in Albury, of which town he is a native, and from where the South Melbourne Club, on one of their periodical trips, discovered the great football 'aviator.' The 'aerial' artist of Paddington has a fine grip of the game, legislatively, theoretically, and practically, and if he follows It closely in the future he should prove a fine connecting link between the city and country Association in or near Albury.

(A further article from 1912) W. Strang, who has rendered valuable services to the Australian game, was the recipient of a handsome, travelling bag and set of pipes at the Grand View Hotel, Paddington, on Saturday night. He left on Sunday for Albury, where lie purposes to foster the game with the same enthusiasm that marked his connection with the controlling body in Sydney. He will be a distinct loss to Sydney football.

Won Sydney AFL goalkicking in 1912. While in Sydney lived at 67 Birrell Street, Waverley.

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Death of Bill StrangWikipedia - Bill Strang