A loveable character on and off air, Billy Brownless has enjoyed a 25-year connection to footy fans through the media since hanging up the boots.
For the past decade, Billy and good mate James Brayshaw have been part of Melbourne’s drive home as hosts of ‘The Rush Hour’ on Triple M. Their camaraderie and connection to their listeners continues in 2020 in the all-new timeslot of 6-7pm. He also can be heard as part of Triple M Footy’s weekend coverage of games.
On Television, Billy was a central member of the halcyon days of the Logie-award The Footy Show on the Nine Network. Memories of ‘Billy’s Wheel’ making it’s way to local footy clubs on a Thursday Night will remain part of TV folkolore. Billy continues to be part of the panel on Nine’s Sunday Footy Show that looks back at all the action of the AFL round each Sunday morning.
Viewers got to see Billy in a very different way on Ten’s ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’ in early 2020. Stuck in the African jungle alongside a cast of fellow media personalities, Billy candidly opened up about his private life and challenges in his own style.
Brownless first came to prominence as a high-flying forward for Geelong. Growing up in Jerilderie in southern NSW, Brownless was a schoolboy star with Assumption College before making his debut with Cats in 1986. Twice he led Geelong’s goalkicking, was All-Australian in 1991 and had a thirst for the big occasion. Nine goals in the 1992 Qualifying Final, eight in the classic 1991 Elimination Final win over St Kilda and an average of three goals per game across the four Grand Finals he played in stamped his qualities. Today, he sits fifth with 441 goals on Geelong all-time list, alongside iconic names Gary Ablett Snr, Doug Wade, Tom Hawkins and Steve Johnson.
Tales of his time as a player and broadcaster are still highly sought after by footy clubs, businesses and community groups Australia wide. Many of them are found in his 2008 release “Billy’s Book for Blokes”.
The proud father of four has son Oscar following in his footsteps, with the young midfielder in to his second year on the Cats’ AFL list.