Victorian Football Association
DOB: 07 January 1866
DOD: 14 February 1913
Games: 116 - 121
Career: 1886 - 1894.
Walter "Dolly" Leslie Batters.
1886 Recruited from the Southern Cross Football Club.
May 08 1886 match report said, "In Batters they have a junior who plays with the judgment of a veteran."
Batters is listed as amongst Carlton's best players in the decade leading up to the formation of the VFL.
1886 July 03
Batters, contributed greatly to the massacre over St.Kilda at St. Kilda.
Carlton won 9.19 to 2.8.
(The Carlton Story, H.Buggy and H.Bell p59)
Singled out for special mention for the 1886 season.
(Centenary Souvenir of Carlton Football Club p18)
1887 "The Australasian" named him as being one of the stars of Carlton as a utility.
1887 CFC Annual Report, Batters scored 3 goals for the season.
1888 June 23
Played in the Carlton vs England match at the M.C.G.
One of Carlton's best in 1890.
(The Carlton Story, H.Buggy and H.Bell p67)
1890 CFC Annual Report, Batters scored 4 goals for the season.
1891 "Dolly" Batters, helped lift the Dark Blues to second position in 1891.
1891 July 11
Batters declined to play against South Melbourne at Melbourne, because water almost covered the ground.
Peter Williams and George C. White also refused to play.
Wallowing through pools of black slush, Carlton won 2.5 to 0.4.
(The Carlton Story, H. Buggy and H. Bell p69)
1891 CFC Annual Report, Batters scored 2 goals for the season.
Among Carlton's best players for 1892.
(The Carlton Story, H.Buggy and H.Bell p71)
1892 CFC Annual Report, Batters scored 2 goals for the season.
Appears in the 1887 and 1891 Carlton Football Club team photos.
Batters died in hospital of complications resulting from an accident near Princes Bridge when his horse and cart crashed into an ice wagon, he was aged 47.
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