Billy Monie

Challenge Cup Competition - Victorian Football Association
DOB : March 8 1853
DOD : September 25 1917
Career: 1873-1875 1876-1879

William Monie attended Wesley College from 1868-71

1873 Efficient lieutenant.

1874 One of the fastest runners in the Colony.
(Centenary Souvenir of Carlton Football Club p9,10)

As was the custom in those years, illuminated addresses were presented to star players Billy Monie, Jack McHarg ,Sam A. Wallace and John Blanchard in appreciation for their services during season 1874.

A Heated dispute delayed the game between Carlton and Albert Park at Royal Park on June 3 1876. While 6000 football fans waited for play to begin, Albert Park objected strongly to Monie being included in Carlton's side.

It alleged he had played one game for Williamstown during the season, and therefore could not play for Carlton.

What had happened was that Monie, after having completed some business in Williamstown one day, had gone to watch the local team play. Williamstown had been shorthanded, and when Monie was asked to help out he agreed.

He and Carlton's captain Jack Gardiner , argued that this did not disqualify him as a Carlton player, and Gardiner refused to start the game against Albert Park. until he had taken his place in the side.

Finally, Gardiner won his point, and with their playing time cut by 40 minutes the Blues and Albert Park played a goalless draw.

1875 Retired at end of season.

1876 Finally left town, played a few matches with his accustomed ability.
(The Footballer 1876. p34)

1877 Monie hit top form.

1877 His return to town was an important acquisition, had lost none of his old form, as speedy and skillful with the ball as ever, and an especially brilliant back, as the small average of lost goals will testify.
(The Footballer 1877. p35)

1879 Gave the Blues good service.

(The Carlton Story, H.Buggy and H.Bell p 31,37,42.47)

1879 During a brief soujourn, surprised his old admirers, by his speedy wing play and excellent kicking.
(The Footballer 1879. p29)

1879 5th. July. Billy Monie played for Carlton against a 25 man team combine from Canning and the Battery United clubs, at Princes oval.
Carlton were missing five players who were playing for Victoria on that day.

1924 March 29
A letter to the editor of the Australasian (p33) in reply to an article on 40 Years of Football by Jack Worrall says;
"The prettiest player I ever saw was Moonie/Monie, an ex-Wesley College boy, who afterwards played for Carlton. When running with the ball his feet seemed hardly to touch the ground."


Memories of Old Melbourne

In a two part article in the Sporting Globe June 15 (p6) by Joseph Ireland, he talks about the early days of the Carlton Football Club and mentions Billy Moonie (Monie).
"Whenever Carlton were engaged in an important game Billy Moonie would come down from Wagga at his own expense, to play for them.
Is that spirit in the game today?"

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