Bill Barrot, Australian football player, Died at 72

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Bill Barrot was born on May 6, 1944, and died on November 29, 2016.

He was a professional Australian rules football player.

Bill played in the Victorian Football League (VFL), the South Australian Football League (SANFL) and the Victorian Football Association (VFA).

He made his senior VFL in 1961 for Richmond Football Club where he was known with popular affection as Bustling Billy.

He was playing as a centreman, he was a best and fairest winner in 1965, an interstate representative and a major driving force behind the Tigers’ 1967 grand final win.

But, he was prone to injury that limited his senior VFL appearances for the Tigers to just 120 in ten seasons.

During 1971, he was traded to St Kilda in exchange for Ian Stewart.

He never truly settled at Moorabbin Oval, managing just a couple of games, and later in the year he was traded to Carlton Football Club, where he finished his VFL career.

In 1972, he played for VFA side Oakleigh which had endured a lean time for more than a decade.

His impact, both on and off the field, was immediate and pronounced, and the Devils won the first division grand final.

Following his move to Adelaide, Barrot was appointed as captain-coach of SANFL club West Torrens.

He completed running seventh in 1973 the Eagles endured a horror start to the 1974 season which ultimately precipitated Barrot’s departure, in somewhat acrimonious circumstances, midway through the year.

Bill Barrot finished his career back at Oakleigh, where he took over as coach.

But years later whilst playing in a Richmond legends game, Bill Barrot suffered a heart attack and almost died on the field.

Bill Barrot passed away at 72 years old.

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