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Collingwood Football Club
Collingwood Football Club Logo (2017–present).svg
Names
Full name Collingwood Football Club Limited
Nickname(s) Magpies, Pies, Woods, Woodsmen
Motto Floreat Pica
(May The Magpie Flourish)
2023 season
After finals 1st
Home-and-away season 1st
Leading goalkicker Brody Mihocek (47 goals)
Copeland Trophy Josh Daicos
Club details
Founded 1892; 132 years ago (1892)
Colours Black, white
         
Competition AFL: Senior men
AFLW: Senior women
VFL: Reserves men
VFLW: Reserves women
President Jeff Browne
CEO Craig Kelly
Coach AFL: Craig McRae
AFLW: Sam Wright
VFL: Josh Fraser
VFLW: Tom Cashin
Captain(s) AFL: Darcy Moore
AFLW: Brianna Davey
VFL: Campbell Hustwaite & Lachlan Tardrew
VFLW: Caitlin Bunker
Premierships Seniors
VFL/AFL (16)
  • 1902
  • 1903
  • 1910
  • 1917
  • 1919

  • 1927
  • 1928
  • 1929
  • 1930
  • 1935
  • 1936
  • 1953
  • 1958
  • 1990
  • 2010
  • 2023
VFA/VFL (1)
  • 1896
Reserves
VFL/AFL Reserves (7)
  • 1919
  • 1920
  • 1922
  • 1925
  • 1940
  • 1965
  • 1976
VFLW (1)
  • 2019
Ground(s) AFL: Melbourne Cricket Ground (100,024)
AFLW/VFLW: Victoria Park (10,000)
VFL: Victoria Park & Olympic Park (3,500)
Former ground(s) Victoria Park (1892–1999)
Training ground(s) AIA Centre (indoor) Olympic Park Oval (outdoor)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Clash
Other information
Official website collingwoodfc.com.au
Current season

The Collingwood Football Club, nicknamed the Magpies or colloquially the Pies, is a professional Australian rules football club based in Melbourne, Victoria that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's elite competition. Founded in 1892 in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, the club played in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) before joining seven other teams in 1896 to form the breakaway Victorian Football League (VFL), known today as the Australian Football League (AFL). Originally based at Victoria Park, Collingwood now plays home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and has its headquarters and training facilities at Olympic Park Oval and the AIA Centre.

Collingwood has played in a record 45 VFL/AFL Grand Finals (including rematches), winning 16 (tied with Carlton and Essendon), drawing two and losing 27 (also a record). Regarded as one of Australia's most popular sports teams, Collingwood, as of 2013, attracted the highest attendance figures and television ratings of any professional football club in the nation, across all codes. In 2023, it topped the AFL membership ladder with 106,470 members.

The club's song, "Good Old Collingwood Forever", dates back to 1906, making it the oldest team song currently used in the AFL. Its home guernsey consists of black and white stripes, based on the colours of the Australian magpie. Historically, the club's biggest rivals have been cross-town clubs Carlton and Richmond. Collingwood has also enjoyed a healthy Anzac Day rivalry with Essendon since 1995.

Collingwood fields a reserves team in the Victorian Football League (formerly the VFA) and women's teams in the AFL Women's and VFL Women's competitions. It also owned and operated a netball team in the National Netball League from 2017 to 2023.

History

Formation and early years

Collingwood fc team 1896
The Collingwood team that won the VFA premiership in 1896

The Collingwood Football Club was established on 12 February 1892.

Collingwood played its first game in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) against Carlton on 7 May 1892. The club won the VFA Premiership in 1896.

In 1897, Collingwood, along with fellow VFA clubs Fitzroy, Melbourne, St Kilda, Carlton, Essendon, South Melbourne and Geelong split from the VFA and formed the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Collingwood won its first premiership in 1902, defeating Essendon by 33 points in the 1902 VFL Grand Final.

1920s and 1930s: Four consecutive premierships

Jock Mchale
Jock McHale coached the club to four consecutive Grand Final victories

Collingwood was the most successful Victorian club of the 1920s and 1930s, appearing in 13 out of a possible 20 Grand Finals during the period. Collingwood were premiers six times during this time, including four consecutive premierships between 1927 and 1930, a VFL record, and two consecutive premierships in 1935 and 1936. The club's coach during this period was Jock McHale, who served as coach from 1912 to 1949. Collingwood also had three Brownlow Medallists during the period, with Syd Coventry winning in 1927, Albert Collier in 1929 and Harry Collier in 1930. The club's ruthlessly successful period later earned the club the nickname "The Machine". American journalist and author Sam Walker included the Machine team in his book The Captain Class, which listed some the author's greatest teams in the history of world sport.

The Collingwood team of 1927–30 not only achieved four straight premierships, but did so with a winning percentage of around 86% across the four seasons, and an average winning margin of about five goals. In 1929 they also became the only team in history to go through a home-and-away season undefeated. Collingwood remains the only club in the history of the VFL/AFL to have been declared premiers on four successive occasions.

1950s: Two premierships

In the 1950s, the Melbourne Football Club enjoyed an era of unprecedented success, winning five premierships in six years (the last coming in 1960, and having been runner up in 1954). Collingwood lost two Grand Finals to Melbourne in this decade, but bounced back to win premierships in 1953 and 1958. Collingwood's 1958 premiership is much cherished by the club as it prevented Melbourne from equalling Collingwood's record four premierships in a row.

The 1958 premiership was however to be Collingwood's last for 32 years, as the club was to suffer a string of Grand Final defeats in coming decades.

1959–89: "Colliwobbles"

A string of eight Grand Final losses, often by narrow margins, between 1960 and 1981 gave rise to a perception that the club was prone to "choking", a phenomenon wittily dubbed "Colliwobbles". Whether this perception is accurate remains a subject of debate; having only won one and drawn one of its last six Grand Finals. Lou Richards ceremoniously buried the Colliwobbles at Victoria Park after the club's 1990 premiership.

1990–99: Long-awaited premiership and struggles

Nathan Buckley 2017
Nathan Buckley captained Collingwood between 1999 and 2007, and served as the club's senior coach from 2012 to 2021

The 1990 premiership team, coached by Leigh Matthews and captained by Tony Shaw, had a one-sided grand final win against Essendon, the Magpies recording a 48-point victory and ending a 32-year premiership drought which included eight grand final losses and one draw. The sight of club great Darren Millane, who died in a car-crash one year later, holding the ball aloft in triumph at the final siren is one of the indelible images of the match.

After the drought-breaking premiership, the club lapsed into a state of decline for the remainder of the decade, culminating with the club's second wooden spoon in 1999. The Magpies returned to finals, though were quickly eliminated, in the 1992 season against St Kilda and in the 1994 AFL season against West Coast. Matthews left as head coach at the end of the 1995 season and was replaced at the start of the following year by 1990 premiership captain Tony Shaw, who had only retired from football 18 months earlier. Mid-table finishes under Shaw were achieved for the next two seasons, before poor results in 1998 and 1999 saw Shaw announce his resignation.

2000–11: The Malthouse era

Media personality, sports journalist and administrator Eddie McGuire was elected President in October 1998. He oversaw the installation of new head coach Michael Malthouse in October 1999, whose appointment proved to be a masterstroke in reviving the club on-field. Under Malthouse, the acquisition and emergence of players such as Paul Licuria, Alan Didak, Anthony Rocca and Nathan Buckley resulted in Collingwood quickly moving up the ladder in the 2000 AFL season and in the 2001 AFL season, only narrowly missing the finals in the latter year. Collingwood met reigning premiers Brisbane in the 2002 Grand Final and were regarded as massive underdogs, eventually falling just 9 points short of an improbable premiership. Buckley, the captain, became just the third player to win the Norm Smith Medal as best afield in the Grand Final despite being a member of the losing side. Despite a very successful home-and-away next season, they were again defeated by the Lions in the 2003 Grand Final, this time in thoroughly convincingly fashion.

Following those Grand Final losses, Collingwood struggled for the next two years, finishing 13th in 2004 and second-last in 2005; the latter meant Collingwood was eligible for a priority pick which the club used to recruit Dale Thomas. Collingwood made a return to the finals in 2006, finishing fifth, but were defeated by the Western Bulldogs by 41 points in its elimination final. A loss to Essendon (who were on the bottom of the ladder at the time) late in the season ultimately cost them the double chance. The 2007 season saw them finish sixth on the ladder at season's conclusion, and in the finals they knocked out the grand finalists of the past two years, Sydney, in the elimination final and then West Coast in overtime at Subiaco Oval in the semi-final. Having earned a preliminary final against Geelong, Collingwood lost to the eventual premiers, by five points in one of the most memorable preliminary finals in over a decade. Nathan Buckley would announce his retirement at season's end after playing just five games in 2007 due to injury.

Collingwood finished eighth in the 2008 AFL season and were assigned an away final against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium. After at one point trailing in the match, Collingwood went on to end Adelaide's season and earn a semi-final meeting against St Kilda. Having defeated the Saints in both their regular season meetings, Collingwood lost convincingly, ending their 2008 season. The 2009 season saw Collingwood finish inside the top-four for the first time since 2003, but in the qualifying final were beaten by minor premiers St Kilda convincingly. Having won a second chance, Collingwood struggled against Adelaide for the second year in a row before John Anthony kicked the match-winning goal with a minute left to send them into another preliminary final meeting with Geelong. But the season ended abruptly for the Magpies, with a 73-point loss to Geelong.

In 2010, Collingwood finished as minor premiers, and after wins in the qualifying and preliminary finals, reached the first Grand Final against St Kilda. The match finished as a draw, forcing the first grand final replay in 33 years. Collingwood won the replay by 56 points. Key defensive player Nick Maxwell captained the club to victory and midfielder Scott Pendlebury (who had already won his first of eventually three Anzac medals earlier in the year) was awarded the Norm Smith Medal. The club won a second consecutive minor premiership in 2011, and qualified for the Grand Final after a three-point victory against Hawthorn in the preliminary final. However, Collingwood was then beaten by Geelong by 38 points in the decider, after trailing by seven points at three-quarter time. Following the Grand Final loss, which also marked the end of the club's 2011 AFL season, Malthouse left Collingwood after deciding not to stay on as "director of coaching". Star midfielder Dane Swan won the 2011 Brownlow Medal with a then-record 34 votes. Malthouse would leave having coached the club to eight finals series and four grand finals in 12 years.

2012–2021: Coach Nathan Buckley

Nathan Buckley, regarded as one of Collingwood's greatest players, was appointed assistant coach under Malthouse for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, before assuming the head coaching position at the start of the 2012 season. Malthouse, who had been contracted to take on a "head of coaching" role, elected to leave the club rather than put Buckley in what he regarded as an awkward position. Under Buckley, Collingwood continued to be successful in the short term, qualifying inside the top-four in the 2012 season, before falling 26 points short in a preliminary final to eventual premiers the Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium. The club qualified for finals once more in 2013, though were surprisingly eliminated in the first week by underdogs Port Adelaide at home. The result prompted the Magpies coaching staff to begin making radical changes to the club's playing list, which saw premiership players Heath Shaw, Sharrod Wellingham, Heritier Lumumba among others leave for other clubs or retire. Over the next four years, younger talent was drafted but the club's win–loss recorded continued to deteriorate. Collingwood failed to make finals from 2014 through to the end of the 2017 season, progressively sliding down the ladder each year. Buckley came under intense media pressure to resign or be sacked from his position, though club administrators elected to grant him a two-year extension to his contract in October 2017 after a broad-ranging internal review.

The emergence of new-generation players such as Taylor Adams, Adam Treloar and Jordan De Goey, alongside key talls Brodie Grundy and Mason Cox mixed well with veterans Pendlebury and Steele Sidebottom. Collingwood jumped from 13th in 2017 to 3rd in 2018, sensationally knocking out reigning premiers Richmond in the preliminary final before falling five points short after leading for most of the match against West Coast in the 2018 Grand Final, the senior team's 27th defeat in a Grand Final. Buckley's growth as a coach was partially credited for the rapid improvement. In 2019, Collingwood had another strong season, finishing fourth on the ladder, but they were unable to return to the Grand Final after a shattering four-point defeat to Greater Western Sydney in the first preliminary final. In 2020, Collingwood finished 8th at the end of the home-and-away season.

The club made significant on-field and administrative changes in the late 2010s. It was a foundation member of the inaugural AFL Women's competition in 2017 and in the same year established the Collingwood Magpies Netball team, a division of the club competing in the professional National Netball League. Collingwood unveiled a new permanent logo at the end of the 2017 season, which was the club's 125th anniversary year.

"Do Better" report

In 2020, the club commissioned an independent review into claims of racism at the club. In February 2021, the report was leaked to journalists and revealed that "while claims of racism have been made across the AFL, there is something distinct and egregious about Collingwood's history" and that "what is clear is that racism at the club has resulted in profound and enduring harm to First Nations and African players. The racism affected them, their communities, and set dangerous norms for the public." Collingwood President Eddie McGuire suggested that the report signalled "A historic and proud day" for the media and club which was working towards addressing racism and that it "was not a racist club". Many criticised McGuire's response, including AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan, Héritier Lumumba, former Indigenous Collingwood player Tony Armstrong and a Victorian Senator, among others. McGuire later apologised for the remarks. On 4 February, 150 Collingwood players from the men's and women's teams penned an open letter apologising "to anyone who, through their association with our club, has been marginalised, hurt or discriminated against due to their race." First-grade footballer Darcy Moore said that the players were "humiliated and shocked" by the report's findings. McGuire stood down as President of the Collingwood Football Club on 9 February 2021, although he had initially wanted to see the year through for a seamless transition until being compelled to step down.

Buckley stepped down after Round 13 of the 2021 AFL season, and assistant coach Robert Harvey took over as the caretaker coach until the end of the season. Harvey focused on developing youth and letting them play, with Collingwood winning 2 out of their 9 remaining games.

2022–present: Coach Craig McRae

In September 2021, Craig McRae was appointed as head coach of the club for the 2022 season and onwards. In his first season as Senior Coach, McRae led the club from a 17th place finish in the previous year, to 4th place on the ladder at the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, which included an 11 game winning streak and an AFL record of 11 separate wins by under 12 points. Collingwood would go on to lose two of their three Finals games in 2022 by a goal or less, losing to Geelong by 6 points in the Qualifying Final, and Sydney by 1 point in the Preliminary Final. McRae was awarded the Monjon Allan Jeans Senior Coach of the Year Award by the AFL Coaches Association for the 2022 season.

The 2023 season marked a shift in the club's leadership, as long-time team captain Scott Pendlebury stepped down from the role he had held from 2014 to 2022. Darcy Moore was voted as the club's new captain for the 2023 season and beyond.

The Magpies entered the 2023 season with the aim to build upon their strong performance in the 2022 season. Key offseason additions included Tom Mitchell (from Hawthorn), Bobby Hill (from GWS), and Billy Frampton (from Adelaide) through trades, and signing Dan McStay to the club as a free agent. Collingwood had a successful second season under Craig McRae, securing a total of 18 wins and 5 losses, and ultimately finishing first overall on the ladder. In the first Qualifying Final of the 2023 AFL Finals, Collingwood (9.6.60) defeated Melbourne (7.11.53) by 7 points. In the preliminary final, Collingwood (8.10.58) defeated the Giants (8.9.57) by 1 point, to secure a spot in the 2023 AFL Grand Final. In a closely contested match, Collingwood (12.18.90) defeated Brisbane (13.8.86) by 4 points to win the 2023 AFL Premiership, equalling the league-record of 16 VFL/AFL premierships for the club.

Club symbols and identity

Guernsey

Throughout the club's history, Collingwood has worn a guernsey of black and white vertical stripes. The all white jumper, with the three black vertical stripes is the iconic strip that the club is most associated with. The current incarnation of the guernsey is mostly black, with white stripes on the front and lower half of the back, and white numbers. The main clash guernsey is the reverse of this: mostly white, with black stripes and black numbers, worn in away matches against clubs with a predominantly dark guernsey such as Fremantle and Port Adelaide. A secondary clash guernsey was introduced in 2011 and is used only in matches against North Melbourne due to similarity between the two uniforms. The alternate uniform is black with only two white stripes on each side instead of three.

Traditionally, Collingwood has worn a white guernsey with black stripes. The club switched to the black guernsey with white stripes in 2001.

Nike is the current manufacturer of the Magpies' apparel.

Collingwoods cultural reach and impact is far reaching as evidence by memberships, crowds, broadcast ratings and more recently, the emergence of influential digital media, such as the Pie Hard podcast.

Song

Tom Nelson 1906
Collingwood player Tom Nelson wrote the lyrics to "Good Old Collingwood Forever" in 1906.

"Good Old Collingwood Forever" is the team song of the Collingwood Football Club. The lyrics were written by player Tom Nelson during Collingwood's 1906 tour of Tasmania, making it the oldest of the team songs currently used in the AFL. It is sung to the tune of "Goodbye, Dolly Gray", originally a song written in connection with the Spanish–American War, then a popular Boer War and First World War anthem. It is the only AFL team song to reference the barracker, an Australian rules football term for fan.

The current version of the song played at the ground during game day was recorded in 1972 by the Fable Singers. The lyrics are as follows:

Good old Collingwood forever,
They know how to play the game.
Side by side, they stick together,
To uphold the Magpies name.
See, the barrackers are shouting,
As all barrackers should.
Oh, the premiership's a cakewalk,
For the good old Collingwood.

In 1983, the line "Oh, the premiership's a cakewalk" was briefly changed to "there is just one team we favour" as it was felt to be embarrassing due to the long period the club had been without a premiership. However, the change was unpopular and was quickly reverted.

Rivalries

Carlton is considered to be the club's most bitter arch-rival (for full details see Carlton–Collingwood AFL rivalry), with Richmond close behind.

Collingwood has also enjoyed a healthy Anzac Day rivalry with Essendon since 1995.

Collingwood's two opponents in the themed Rivalry Rounds staged to date have been Carlton (2005–2006, 2009) and Richmond (2007–2008).

Richmond

Arising from the fact that the two areas neighbour each other, Richmond and Collingwood were both highly successful in the late 1920s to the early 1930s; the clubs played against each other in five grand finals between 1919 and 1929 (Collingwood won in 1919, 1927, 1928 and 1929, while Richmond won in 1920). In the 1980 Grand Final, Richmond handed Collingwood an 81-point defeat, a record at the time, causing Collingwood to lose an 8th Grand Finals in a row.

Both clubs continue to draw large crowds to their meetings in each season, and the two were the subject of a 'recruiting war' throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with David Cloke, Geoff Raines, Brian Taylor, Wally Lovett, Phillip Walsh, Steven Roach, Gerald Betts, Neil Peart, Peter McCormack, Kevin Morris, Craig Stewart, Ross Brewer, Michael Lockman, Rod Oborne, Allan Edwards, John Annear, Noel Lovell and Bob Heard all exchanging clubs, as well as coach Tom Hafey (moving to Collingwood in 1977 following four flags at Punt Road).

Melees have been fought between the teams in two recent matches—Round 20, 2009, and Round 2, 2012—with almost all players from both teams involved in the altercations.

Both teams played each other 3 times during 2018, with all three games attracting massive crowds. Crowds of 72,157 and 88,180 were recorded between both home-and-away games, with Richmond winning both times, until Collingwood unexpectedly pulled off a massive upset in their finals game, smashing Richmond in the preliminary final in front of a crowd of 94,959, which caused the rivalry to reach its highest point since 1980. Games between these two clubs regularly attract large crowds regardless of whether they are in finals contention or not.

Essendon

Collingwood has enjoyed an Anzac Day rivalry with the Essendon Football Club since 1995, when the first Anzac Day clash took place. After the 2023 match, Collingwood have won this contest 17 times and Essendon 11 times, with the first match being drawn.

Melbourne

The rivalry between Collingwood and Melbourne was at its peak between 1955 and 1964, when the two played off in the grand final on five occasions. This included the 1958 Grand Final where Collingwood's victory prevented Melbourne from equalling Collingwood's record of four premierships in succession (1927–1930). The old rivalry with Melbourne has faded in recent decades due to Melbourne not enjoying the same level of on-field success, however, it remains strong and is an annual scheduled fixture on the Kings Birthday public holiday.

Headquarters, training and administration base

Collingwood Football Club had its original training and administration base at Victoria Park from 1892 until 2004. In 2004, Collingwood Football Club moved its primary administrative and training base to the purpose-built Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre at the Olympic Park Complex. The Collingwood Football Club also used Olympic Park Stadium being adjacent to Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre as its outdoor training ground from 2004 until 2012, when it was demolished. After this occurred, Collingwood Football Club moved its outdoor training ground to the newly developed Olympic Park Oval that replaced the space of the stadium after demolition.

Home Grounds

The club's original primary home ground, where they played their AFL home games was at Victoria Park from 1892 until 1999. Since 2000, The club's primary home ground has been the Melbourne Cricket Ground, even though the club had already experimented playing home games at the venue since 1993, where in the period between 1994 and 1999, the club would play seven of its home games at the MCG, while retaining three at Victoria Park.

Supporters

Magpie mascot
Collingwood Magpies mascot

Collingwood is a working-class suburb and the Collingwood Football Club supporter base traditionally came from the working class (though its supporter base today goes far beyond). Many of the club's supporters who regularly attend games still come from the working class or from lower socio-economic groups, leading to jokes from supporters of other clubs which typically stereotype their Collingwood counterparts as poor, crude and ignorant.

Collingwood is traditionally reviled by non-Collingwood supporters ("You either love 'em or you hate 'em"). The dislike of the club by outsiders is said to have originated during the 1920s and 1930s, a period of great success for the club which drew the envy and resentment of other clubs. In this period, Collingwood was also perceived as a Catholic and Irish club, at a time when these groups were looked down upon by the rest of Australian society and subjected to a considerable degree of social exclusion.

According to a 2001 study, Collingwood's old home ground of Victoria Park had a reputation as one of the worst venues for racial vilification, though it has also been said that the problem was similar at all grounds. Collingwood has however been involved in several high-profile incidents of this type, such as those involving indigenous players Nicky Winmar in 1993 and Adam Goodes in 2013. Michael Long's accusation of racial vilification against Collingwood ruckman Damian Monkhorst in 1995 also led directly to the establishment of the AFL's racial vilification regulations. In support of more inclusive sporting cultures, in 2010 the Australian fashion designer Shanaaz Copeland developed a Collingwood-inspired hijab for Muslim women. (See also: The "Do Better" Report)

Corporate

Membership

Collingwood Membership 1984–present
Year Members Ladder Position  %
1984 16,313 3rd
1985 16,857 7th Increase 3.28%
1986 13,971 6th Decrease 20.65%
1987 9,500 12th Decrease 47.06%
1988 11,985 4th Increase 20.73%
1989 13,620 5th Increase 12.00%
1990 14,808 1st Increase 8.02%
1991 18,469 7th Increase 19.82%
1992 18,921 5th Increase 2.38%
1993 21,882 8th Increase 13.53%
1994 20,843 8th Decrease 4.98%
1995 22,543 10th Increase 7.54%
1996 20,752 11th Decrease 8.63%
1997 22,761 10th Increase 8.82%
1998 27,099 14th Increase 16.00%
1999 32,358 16th Increase 16.25%
2000 28,932 15th Decrease 11.84%
2001 31,455 9th Increase 8.02%
2002 32,549 4th Increase 3.36%
2003 40,445 2nd Increase 19.54%
2004 41,128 13th Increase 1.66%
2005 38,612 15th Decrease 6.51%
2006 38,038 7th Decrease 1.50%
2007 38,587 4th Increase 1.42%
2008 26,320 6th Decrease 46.60%
2009 45,972 4th Increase 42.74%
2010 57,617 1st Increase 20.21%
2011 71,271 1st Increase 19.15%
2012 72,688 4th Increase 1.94%
2013 80,000 6th Increase 9.14%
2014 80,793 11th Increase 0.98%
2015 76,497 12th Decrease 5.61%
2016 74,643 12th Decrease 2.48%
2017 75,879 13th Increase 1.62%
2018 75,507 3rd Decrease 0.49%
2019 85,226 4th Increase 12.87%
2020 76,862 8th Decrease 9.8%
2021 82,527 17th Increase 7.37%
2022 100,384 4th Increase 21.63%
2023 106,470 1st Increase 6.06%

In 2011, Collingwood reached 70,000 members for the first time, creating a new AFL record, beating their own previous record of 58,249 set in 2010.

In 2023 (the year Collingwood won their 16th premiership), they broke the AFL membership record figure again with 106,470 members.

The club's extensive membership base tends to be a large crowd-pulling power, which has caused the AFL to be accused of favouring Collingwood when scheduling to maximise the league's attendance figures. However, the AFL states that this is due to other clubs requesting home games at the MCG against Collingwood.

Off-field

Collingwood was one of the last clubs to abandon its traditional stadium, the famous inner-city Victoria Park. Collingwood now plays home games at the MCG. It now also has its headquarters situated in the former Glasshouse Entertainment Centre. Due to a sponsorship deal, this facility is known as 'The AIA Centre', and has been previously known by other names such as 'The Lexus Centre', 'The Westpac Centre' and 'The Holden Centre', all due to sponsorship agreements.

On 9 March 2007, former Collingwood and Fitzroy defender Gary Pert was appointed the Magpies' CEO, seven weeks after Greg Swann departed for Carlton. In accepting the key Magpie post, Pert quit as a club director and as managing director of Channel 9 in Melbourne. In a press conference, it was stated that Collingwood has budgeted to turn over about $50 million that year and McGuire hoped the new administration would soon double that figure. "A finance administration review has come up with how we are going to turn Collingwood in to its next phase of its life", McGuire said. "What do we do to make ourselves go from a $45 million a year turnover business to a $100 million turnover business? "They sound like big figures but in 1999 we turned over $13 million, so that is where we are heading as a football club."

On 24 July 2017, Pert resigned from his position as CEO of the club, with Peter Murphy replacing him as an interim CEO. In January 2023, former Collingwood player and 1990 premiership hero Craig Kelly took over from Mark Anderson as CEO of the club.

Sponsorship

The Collingwood guernsey is the most valuable sports sponsorship in Australia. Collingwood has different guernsey sponsors for home and away matches, generating an estimated $6.3 million worth of media exposure for the primary sponsor and $5.7 million for the secondary sponsor. These sponsorships are ranked first and second in Australia. High-profile sponsors have included Emirates, Holden, CGU Insurance, and Westpac.

Year Kit Manufacturer Major Sponsor Shorts Sponsor Bottom Back Sponsor Top Back Sponsor
1977–85 Hard Yakka
1986–88 MiniSkips
1989–92 Spicers Paper
1993 Spicers
1994 Delta Spicers
1995–97 Thrifty
1998 Adidas Primus (Home)

Spicers Paper (Away)

Spicers Paper (Home)

Primus (Away)

Spicers (Home)

Primus (Away)

1999–2001 Emirates (Home)

Primus (Away)

Primus (Home)

Emirates (Away)

Primus (Home)

Emirates (Away)

2002–05 Emirates (Home)

Wipe Off 5 TAC (Away)

Wipe Off 5 TAC (Home)

Emirates (Away)

Wipe Off 5 TAC (Home)

Emirates (Away)

2006–08 Emirates (Home)

Wizard Homes Loans (Away)

Wizard Homes Loans (Home)

Emirates (Away)

Wizard Homes Loans (Home)

Emirates (Away)

2009–10 Emirates (Home)

Aussie (Away)

Aussie (Home)

Emirates (Away)

Aussie (Home)

Emirates (Away)

2011–12 Emirates (Home)

CGU Insurance (Away)

CGU Insurance (Home)

Emirates (Away)

CGU Insurance (Home)

Emirates (Away)

2013–16 Star Athletic
2017–19 ISC
2020 Emirates (Home)

CGU Insurance (Away)

2021 Nike
2022– Emirates (Home)

KFC (Away)

KFC (Home)

Emirates (Away)

KFC (Home)

Emirates (Away)

Emirates (Home)

KFC (Away)

Honours

Honour board

Premierships
Competition Team Wins Years Won
Victorian Football League/Australian Football League Seniors (1897–present) 16 1902, 1903, 1910, 1917, 1919, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1953, 1958, 1990, 2010, 2023
Victorian Football Association/Victorian Football League Seniors (1892–1896) 1 1896
Reserves (2000, 2008–present) 0 Nil
AFL Women's Seniors (2017-present) 0 Nil
VFL Women's Reserves (2018–present) 1 2019
Victorian Football League/Australian Football League Reserves Reserves (1919–1999) 7 1919, 1920, 1922, 1925, 1940, 1965, 1976
Victorian Football League/Australian Football League Thirds/Under 19s Under 19s (1946–1991) 4 1960, 1965, 1974, 1986
Other titles and honours
AFL pre-season competition Winners 1 2011
AFC Night Series Winners 1 1979
McClelland Trophy Winners 8 1959, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1970, 2010, 2011
Lightning Premiership Winners 2 1941, 1951
Championship of Australia Winners 1 1896
Finishing positions
Victorian Football League/Australian Football League Minor premiership 20 1902, 1903, 1905, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1922, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1977, 2010, 2011, 2023
Grand Finalist 27 1901, 1905, 1911, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2018
Wooden spoons 2 1976, 1999
AFL Women's Wooden spoons 1 2019
VFL Women's Minor premiership 4 2018, 2019, 2021, 2023

Head-to-head results

Played: 2,649 Won 1,600 Drawn: 28 Lost: 1021 (Last updated – End of 2023 AFL Season)

R GP W D L GF-BF For GA-BA Agn % Win% 100+F 100+A
1 Adelaide 49 33 1 15 661.562 4528 562.590 3962 114.29 68.37 19 7
2 Brisbane Bears 15 13 2 251.232 1738 170.187 1207 143.99 86.67 12 2
3 Brisbane Lions 39 16 23 490.479 3419 547.451 3733 91.59 41.03 14 15
4 Carlton 264 131 4 129 3037.3188 21410 2977.3066 20928 102.30 50.38 73 64
5 Essendon 246 136 4 106 2878.2987 20255 2746.2903 19379 104.52 56.10 65 62
6 Fitzroy 209 131 3 75 2338.2683 16711 2058.2374 14722 113.51 63.40 66 31
7 Fremantle 36 22 14 510.415 3475 443.358 3016 115.22 61.11 16 7
8 Geelong 241 136 1 104 2743.2997 19455 2580.2822 18302 106.30 56.64 62 46
9 Gold Coast 14 11 3 207.186 1428 131.134 920 155.22 78.57 8
10 Greater Western Sydney 15 9 6 198.175 1363 168.128 1136 119.98 60.00 5 2
11 Hawthorn 169 99 70 2266.2399 15995 2093.2034 14592 109.61 58.58 67 58
12 Melbourne 244 154 5 85 2900.3160 20560 2554.2798 18122 113.45 64.14 74 49
13 North Melbourne 65 111 2 52 2323.2406 16344 1864.2014 13198 123.84 67.88 73 39
14 Port Adelaide 37 19 18 490.421 3361 438.426 3054 110.05 51.35 14 5
15 Richmond 215 121 2 92 2573.2780 18218 2418.2594 17102 106.53 56.74 53 48
16 St Kilda 224 162 2 60 2921.3130 20656 2250.2449 15949 129.51 72.77 92 37
17 Sydney 232 144 1 87 2784.3063 19767 2346.2764 16840 117.38 62.28 66 43
18 University 14 13 1 132.199 991 72.110 542 182.84 96.43 2 0
19 West Coast 60 28 1 31 757.658 5200 778.701 5369 96.85 47.50 16 21
20 Western Bulldogs 161 111 1 49 2178.2088 15156 1779.1924 12598 120.30 69.25 59 29

Team of the Century

Collingwood announced its team of the century on 14 June 1997, celebrating 100 years since the beginning of the VFL. Gavin Brown was added as the fourth interchange player in 2002, as, when the team was named in 1997, only three interchange players were permitted on a team.

Collingwood Team of the Century
B: Harold Rumney Jack Regan Syd Coventry (Captain)
HB: Billy Picken Albert Collier Nathan Buckley
C: Thorold Merrett Bob Rose Darren Millane
HF: Des Fothergill Murray Weideman Dick Lee
F: Phonse Kyne Gordon Coventry Peter Daicos
Foll: Len Thompson Des Tuddenham Harry Collier
Int: Tony Shaw Wayne Richardson Marcus Whelan
Gavin Brown
Coach: James "Jock" McHale

Captains

This list comprises every captain of the club. This list does not include deputy captains filling in due to an injury to the named captain, but does include captains named after a player retires or steps down during the season.

  • Bill Strickland 1897
  • Bill Proudfoot 1898–99, 1901
  • Dick Condon 1899–1900
  • Lardie Tulloch 1902–04
  • Charlie Pannam 1905
  • Alf Dummett 1906
  • Arthur Leach 1906–08
  • Eddie Drohan 1908
  • Robert Nash 1908–09
  • George Angus 1910–11
  • Jock McHale 1912–13
  • Dan Minogue 1914–16
  • Percy Wilson 1917–18
  • Con McCarthy 1919
  • Dick Lee 1920–21
  • Tom Drummond 1922
  • Harry Curtis 1923
  • Charlie Tyson 1924–26
  • Syd Coventry 1927–34
  • Harry Collier 1935–39
  • Jack Regan 1940–41, 1943
  • Phonse Kyne 1942, 1946–49
  • Pat Fricker 1944
  • Alby Pannam 1945
  • Gordon Hocking 1950–51
  • Lou Richards 1952–55
  • Neil Mann 1955–56
  • Bill Twomey Jr. 1957
  • Frank Tuck 1958–59
  • Murray Weideman 1960–63
  • Ray Gabelich 1964–65
  • John Henderson 1965
  • Des Tuddenham 1966–69, 1976
  • Terry Waters 1970–71
  • Wayne Richardson 1971–75
  • Max Richardson 1977
  • Len Thompson 1978
  • Ray Shaw 1979–80
  • Peter Moore 1981–82
  • Mark Williams 1983–86
  • Tony Shaw 1987–93
  • Gavin Brown 1994–98
  • Nathan Buckley 1999–2007
  • Scott Burns 2008
  • Nick Maxwell 2009–2013
  • Scott Pendlebury 2014–2022
  • Darcy Moore 2023–

Presidents

There have been twelve presidents of the Collingwood Football Club. The first and founding president of Collingwood was former Collingwood Mayor and Victorian MP William Beazley. Beazley was president of Collingwood from the founding of the club in 1892 until 1911. The second president of Collingwood was Alfred Cross. However, Cross was only president for a brief period of time. Third was former Fitzroy and Collingwood player Jim Sharp. Sharp was president for ten years (1913–1923). The fourth president of Collingwood was another former player, Harry Curtis. Curtis currently is the longest serving president of Collingwood. Curtis served as president for twenty-six years. Another former player of Collingwood, Syd Coventry was the fifth president for Collingwood, serving twelve years between 1950 and 1962.

Tom Sherrin was the sixth president of Collingwood, serving from 1963 to 1974. Ern Clarke, president for one year, was the seventh president. John Hickey, Ranald Macdonald and Allan MacAlister all served as president during 1977 through to 1995. Eleventh president and former player, Kevin Rose, was the second most recent president of Collingwood. The twelfth, and second-longest serving president of Collingwood, is radio and television presenter, commentator and journalist Eddie McGuire. McGuire was president of Collingwood between 1998 and 2021. Club board members Mark Korda and Peter Murphy were interim co-presidents, following McGuire's tenure. In April 2021, Korda was appointed the thirteenth president of Collingwood.


List of Collingwood presidents
No. Name Took office Left office Time in office Occupation / Notes Premierships Ref(s).
1 William Beazley 1892 1912 20 years, 123 days Politician; involved with precursor club, Britannia Football Club. 3 (1902, 1903, 1910)
2 Alfred Cross 1913 1 year Tailor; former Collingwood vice-president.
3 Jim Sharp 1914 1924 10 years, 209 days Former VFL player; former Collingwood vice-president. 2 (1917, 1919)
4 Harry Curtis 1925 1950 25 years, 112 days Accountant; former VFL player. 6 (1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936)
Gordon Carlyon 24 May – 28 June 1950 35 days
5 Sydney Coventry Sr. 1950 1963 12 years, 246 days Former VFL player; former Collingwood vice-president. 2 (1953, 1958)
6 Tom Sherrin 1963 1974 11 years, 214 days Manufacturer; former Collingwood vice-president.
7 Ern Clarke 1974 1976 1 year, 213 days Businessman
8 John Hickey 1976 1982 6 years, 153 days RAAF pilot; former Collingwood vice-president.
9 Ranald Macdonald 1982 1986 3 years, 208 days Journalist; lecturer
10 Allan McAlister 1986 1995 9 years, 157 days Businessman; former Collingwood treasurer 1 (1990)
11 Kevin Rose 1995 1998 2 years, 253 days Businessman; former VFL player, coach
12 Eddie McGuire 1998 2021 22 years, 103 days Commentator; journalist; businessman. 1 (2010)
Peter Murphy
Mark Korda
10 February – 21 April 2021 70 days Collingwood vice-president(s).
13 Mark Korda 21 April – 16 December 2021 239 days Businessman; former Collingwood vice-president.
14 Jeff Browne 2021 2 years, 119 days Lawyer

Notes


Current playing squad

Collingwood Football Club
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff
  •  1 Patrick Lipinski
  •  2 Jordan De Goey
  •  3 Isaac Quaynor
  •  4 Brayden Maynard
  •  5 Jamie Elliott
  •  6 Tom Mitchell
  •  7 Josh Daicos
  •  8 Trent Bianco
  • 10 Scott Pendlebury
  • 11 Daniel McStay
  • 13 Taylor Adams
  • 14 Darcy Cameron
  • 15 Nathan Kreuger
  • 16 Ed Allan
  • 17 Billy Frampton
  • 18 Finlay Macrae
  • 19 Arlo Draper
  • 20 Will Kelly
  • 21 Trey Ruscoe
  • 22 Steele Sidebottom
  • 23 Bobby Hill
  • 24 Jakob Ryan
  • 25 Jack Crisp
  • 26 Reef McInnes
  • 28 Nathan Murphy
  • 29 Joe Richards
  • 30 Darcy Moore
  • 31 Beau McCreery
  • 32 Will Hoskin-Elliott
  • 33 Jack Ginnivan
  • 35 Nick Daicos
  • 36 Harvey Harrison
  • 38 Jeremy Howe
  • 41 Brody Mihocek
  • 46 Mason Cox
  •  9 John Noble
  • 12 Tom Wilson (B)
  • 27 Cooper Murley
  • 39 Aiden Begg
  • 40 Ash Johnson
  • 43 Charlie Dean
  • 45 Josh Carmichael

Head coach

  • Craig McRae

Assistant coaches

  • Brendon Bolton (director of coaching and backline)
  • Hayden Skipworth (midfield)
  • Scott Selwood (midfield)
  • Justin Leppitsch (head of strategy and forward line)
  • Mark Jamar (ruck)
  • Andy Otten (backline development)
  • Neville Jetta (forward line development)
  • Josh Fraser (head of academy)
  • Nick Maxwell (leadership and culture manager)

Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • Cruz Roja.svg Long-term injury list
  • Arrow-up.png Upgraded rookie
  • (B) Category B rookie

Updated: 11 April 2024
Source(s): Playing list, Coaching staff


Reserves team

Collingwood
Names
Full name Collingwood Football Club Limited
2023 season
Home-and-away season 8th
Club details
Founded 1939, re-established in 2000 and later 2008 (as a reserves side)
Competition VFL
Coach Josh Fraser
Captain(s) Campbell Hustwaite & Lachlan Tardrew
Premierships VFL reserves (7)
  • 1919
  • 1920
  • 1922
  • 1925
  • 1940
  • 1965
  • 1976
Ground(s) Victoria Park & Olympic Park (3,000)
Uniforms
Home

The Collingwood reserves are the reserves team of the club. The latest iteration of the Collingwood reserves was created in 2008, and compete in the Victorian Football League.

History

The VFL/AFL operated a reserves competition from 1919 to 1991, and a de facto AFL reserves competition was run by the Victorian State Football League from 1992 to 1999. Collingwood fielded a reserves team in both of these competitions, allowing players who were not selected for the senior team to play for Collingwood in the lower grade. Initially, the Collingwood District Football Club operated as its official reserves side, however the Districts remained a stand-alone club. It was not until the end of the 1938 season that Collingwood took control over the Districts and formally made them the Collingwood reserves.

After the AFL reserves competition was disbanded at the end of 1999, the club fielded its reserves team in the Victorian Football League during the 2000 season.

In 2001, Collingwood reserves team was dissolved and the club entered into an affiliation with the VFL's Williamstown Football Club, such that Williamstown served as a feeder team and reserves players for Collingwood played senior football for Williamstown. Williamstown won one VFL premiership during this time, in 2003.

Collingwood ended its affiliation with Williamstown after the 2007 season. The reserves team was re-established, and has competed in the VFL since 2008. Collingwood's standalone reserves team's best VFL result to date was a preliminary final appearance in the 2016 VFL season, in which it lost to eventual premiers Footscray by 119 points.

The reserves team currently splits home games between Olympic Park Oval and Victoria Park, although they do occasionally play at the MCG as a curtain raiser to Collingwood home matches, and uses the AFL team's clash guernsey as its primary guernsey. The Collingwood VFL team is composed of both reserves players from the club's primary and rookie AFL lists, and a separately maintained list of players eligible only for VFL matches.

Coaches

No. Name Years
1 Brad Gotch, Dean Laidley 2000
2 Gavin Brown 2008–10
3 Tarkyn Lockyer 2011–12
4 Dale Tapping 2013–16
5 Jared Rivers 2017–19
6 Craig Black 2021–2022
7 Josh Fraser 2023–

Note: Garry Hocking was appointed coach for the 2020 season, which was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Captains

No. Name Years
1 Nigel Carmody 2008
2 Damien Peverill 2009
3 Kris Pendlebury 2010–12
4 Jack Hellier, Nick Riddle 2013
5 Jack Hellier 2014–18
6 Jack Hellier, Alex Woodward 2019
7 Lachlan Tardrew, Campbell Hustwaite 2021–23
8 Campbell Lane, Sam Glover 2024–present

Season summaries

Season Win–loss Ladder position Finals result Best & Fairest Leading goalkicker
2000 9–10 11th DNQ Shane Watson Brad Obourne (20)
2008 5–11 12th DNQ Justin Crow & Brent Macaffer Brent Macaffer (38)
2009 10–8 7th Preliminary Final Ryan Cook Chris Bryan (34)
2010 10–8 7th Elimination Final Tom Young Scott Reed (38)
2011 4–14 12th DNQ Tom Sundberg Brett Eddy (21)
2012 4–14 12th DNQ Kris Pendlebury Caolan Mooney & Jackson Paine (17)
2013 10–8 6th Elimination Final Kyle Martin Jackson Paine (45)
2014 12–6 5th Elimination Final Kyle Martin Patrick Karnezis (31)
2015 12–6 6th semi-final Ben Moloney Patrick Karnezis (30)
2016 14–4 2nd Preliminary Final Brent Macaffer Travis Cloke & Jordan Collopy (18)
2017 8–10 8th Elimination Final Marty Hore Kayle Kirby (42)
2018 12–6 5th Elimination Final Marty Hore Unknown
2019 7–11 11th DNQ Alex Woodward Andrew Gallucci (18)
2021 6–3 7th Cancelled Lachlan Tardrew Jack Ginnivan (16)
2022 11–7 6th Elimination Final Finlay Macrae Sam Fowler (25)
2023 11–7 8th Elimination Final Campbell Hustwaite Reef McInnes (32)

Sources: Collingwood Football Club VFL Honour Roll, Collingwood Reserves Honour Roll 1919–2022, VFL Stats

Women's teams

AFL Women's team

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The Collingwood team huddles prior to the inaugural AFL Women's match in February 2017.

In April 2016, the club launched a bid to enter a team in the inaugural AFL Women's season in 2017. Meg Hutchins was appointed Women's Football Operations Manager some weeks prior, and given the responsibility of crafting the bid.

The club was granted a license in June 2016, becoming one of eight teams to compete in the league's first season.

In addition to her role off-field, Hutchins would become one of the club's first players, along with marquees Moana Hope and Emma King. Collingwood selected a further 19 players in October's inaugural draft as well as three non-drafted players and two first time footballing rookies. Dandenong Stingrays assistant and Victorian Metro Youth Girls head coach Wayne Siekman was appointed the team's inaugural head coach in July 2016.

The AFL Women's team is based at the club's training and administration at Olympic Park, though often shares matches between the venue and the club's spiritual home Victoria Park.

AFL Women's squad

Collingwood Football Club (AFL Women's)
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff
  •  1 Sabrina Frederick
  •  2 Chloe Molloy
  •  3 Brianna Davey (c)
  •  4 Imogen Barnett
  •  5 Imogen Evans
  •  6 Jordyn Allen
  •  7 Sarah Rowe
  •  8 Brittany Bonnici
  •  9 Alana Porter
  • 10 Ashleigh Brazill
  • 11 Charlotte Taylor
  • 12 Stacey Livingstone
  • 13 Jaimee Lambert
  • 15 Erica Fowler
  • 16 Sarah Sansonetti
  • 17 Steph Chiocci (c)
  • 18 Ruby Schleicher
  • 19 Olivia Barber
  • 20 Eliza James
  • 21 Jordan Membrey
  • 22 Sophie Casey
  • 23 Lauren Butler
  • 24 Lauren Brazzale
  • 25 Mikala Cann
  • 26 Tarni Brown
  • 28 Charlotte Blair
  • 30 Alison Downie
  • 32 Eloise Chaston
  • 35 Joanna Lin
  • 40 Abbi Moloney
  • 14 Aishling Sheridan
  • 33 Emily Smith

Head coach

  • Stephen Symonds

Assistant coaches

  • Sam Shaw (backline)
  • Jordan Roughead (midfield)
  • Jason Brown (forward line)
  • Chloe McMillian (VFLW coach)
  • Chris Gamble (head of development)
  • Michael Hartley (backline development)
  • Martha Cantwell (midfield development)

Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • (B) Category B rookie

Updated: 11 April 2024
Source(s): Playing list, Coaching staff


AFL Women's season summaries

Collingwood AFLW honour roll
Season Ladder W–L–D Finals Best & Fairest Leading goalkicker Captain(s) Coach
2017 5th 3–4–0 DNQ Nicola Stevens Moana Hope (7) Steph Chiocci Wayne Siekman
2018 6th 3–4–0 DNQ Chloe Molloy Christina Bernardi (9) Steph Chiocci Wayne Siekman
2019 10th ^ 1–6–0 DNQ Jaimee Lambert Sarah D'Arcy (4) Steph Chiocci Wayne Siekman
2020 5th ^ 4–2–0 Semi-final Jaimee Lambert Jordan Membrey (7) Steph Chiocci Stephen Symonds
2021 3rd 7–2–0 Preliminary final Brianna Davey Chloe Molloy (16) Steph Chiocci & Brianna Davey Stephen Symonds
2022 (S6) 6th 6–4–0 Qualifying final Jaimee Lambert Chloe Molloy (8) Steph Chiocci & Brianna Davey Stephen Symonds
2022 (S7) 6th 7–3–0 Semi-final Jordyn Allen Eliza James (10) Steph Chiocci & Brianna Davey Stephen Symonds
2023 11th 5–5–0 DNQ TBD Nell Morris-Dalton (8) Brianna Davey Stephen Symonds

^ Denotes the ladder was split into two conferences. Figure refers to the club's overall finishing in the home-and-away season.

VFL Women's team

The club began fielding its own team in the revamped VFL Women's league from the start of the 2018 season. Many of the club's AFLW athletes play for the VFLW team, though the majority of the team is made up of players who haven't been drafted to an AFLW club. The VFL Women's competition runs from May to September (after the AFL Women's season has concluded) and Collingwood achieved success quickly in the league, claiming their first VFLW premiership in 2019.

VFLW team list

51. Matilda Zander 52. Nicole Hales 53. Danica Pederson 54. Tricia Cowan 55. Caitlin Bunker 56. Marla Neal 58. Kara Colborne-Veel 60. Grace Matser 61. Nyakoat Dojiok 62. Monique Dematteo 63. Georgia Ricardo 64. Shanel Camilleri 65. Elisabeth Jackson 67. Rhiannon Busch 71. Hannah Bowey 72. Katie Lee 73. Olivia Storer 74. Ebony Wroe 75. Amy Kane 76. Nicola Weston 88. Neve O'Connor 90. Cahlia Haslam 91. Demi Hallett 92. Sarah King 99. Mollie Emond Coach: Chloe McMillan

VFL Women's season summaries

Collingwood VFLW honour roll
Season W–L–D Ladder Finals result Best & Fairest Leading goalkicker Captain(s) Coach
2018 12–1–1 1st Preliminary final Jaimee Lambert Sophie Alexander (14) Unknown Penny Cula-Reid
2019 12–2–0 1st Premiers Jaimee Lambert Jaimee Lambert (29) Ruby Schleicher & Grace Buchan Penny Cula-Reid
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 14–0–0 1st N/A Imogen Barnett Imogen Barnett (21) Caitlin Bunker Chloe McMillan
2022 7–7–0 6th Elimination final Matilda Zander Nyakoat Dojiok & Matilda Zander (9) Caitlin Bunker Chloe McMillan
2023 9–5–0 1st Runners up Jessica Bates Monique DeMatteo (16) Caitlin Bunker Chloe McMillan

Sources: Club historical data and VFLW Stats 2021–present

Individual awards

Best and Fairest

Brownlow Medal winners

  • Syd Coventry (1927)
  • Albert Collier (1929)
  • Harry Collier (1930 tied)
  • Marcus Whelan (1939)
  • Des Fothergill (1940 tied)
  • Len Thompson (1972)
  • Peter Moore (1979)
  • Nathan Buckley (2003 tied)
  • Dane Swan (2011)

Leigh Matthews Trophy winners

Coleman Medal winners

Gordon Coventry – unknown date – 1
Gordon Coventry led the VFL in goalkicking six times.

Instituted in 1981, retrospective awards were dated back to 1955; prior to that, the League awarded the Leading Goalkicker Medal

  • Ian Brewer (1958)
  • Peter McKenna (1972, 1973)
  • Brian Taylor (1986)

Leading Goalkicker Medal winners

  • Archie Smith 1898
  • Teddy Lockwood 1900 (tied), 1903
  • Charlie Pannam 1905
  • Dick Lee 1907, 1908, 1909, 1914, 1916, 1917, 1919
  • Gordon Coventry 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1933
  • Ron Todd 1938, 1939
  • Des Fothergill 1946

Norm Smith Medal winners

Scott Pendlebury 2017.2
Scott Pendlebury, winner of the 2010 Norm Smith Medal

E. J. Whitten Medalists

  • Gavin Brown (1989, 1997)

Mark of the Year winners

  • Alan Atkinson (1973)
  • Billy Picken (1974)
  • Billy Picken (1976)
  • Peter Daicos (1980)
  • Denis Banks (1984)
  • Chris Tarrant (2003)
  • Andrew Krakouer (2011)
  • Jamie Elliott (2013)

Goal of the Year winners

Anzac Day Medal winners

  • Saverio Rocca (1995, 1998) ^
  • Scott Russell (1996) ^
  • Damien Monkhorst (1997) ^
  • Chris Tarrant (2001)
  • Mark McGough (2002)
  • Ben Johnson (2006)
  • Heath Shaw (2007)
  • Paul Medhurst (2008)
  • Scott Pendlebury (2010, 2011, 2019)
  • Dane Swan (2012, 2014)
  • Paul Seedsman (2015)
  • Steele Sidebottom (2016)
  • Adam Treloar (2018)
  • Jack Ginnivan (2022)
  • Nick Daicos (2023)

^ Awarded retrospectively in 2011

Neale Daniher Trophy winners

  • Travis Cloke (2015)
  • Mason Cox (2018)
  • Adam Treloar (2019)

Bob Rose-Charlie Sutton Medal winners

  • Ben Johnson (2008)
  • Dane Swan (2009)
  • Scott Pendlebury (2010, 2012, 2017)
  • Heath Shaw (2011, 2013)
  • Tom Phillips (2018)
  • Nick Daicos (2023)

Richard Pratt Medal winners

Jason McCartney Medal winners

  • Anthony Rocca (2003)
  • Ben Johnson (2004)
  • Chris Tarrant (2006)
  • James Clement (2007)
  • Tarkyn Lockyer (2009)
  • Scott Pendlebury (2013)

Not awarded since 2013

All Australian Team

  • Des Healey (1953)
  • Bob Rose (1953)
  • Terry Waters (1969)
  • Ricky Watt (1969)
  • Peter McKenna (1972)
  • Len Thompson (1972)
  • Peter Moore (1979)
  • Michael Richardson (1983)
  • Geoff Raines (1985)
  • Tony Francis (1991)
  • Gavin Brown (1991, 1994)
  • Mick McGuane (1992)
  • Nathan Buckley (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003)
  • Chris Tarrant (2003)
  • James Clement (2004, 2005)
  • Alan Didak (2006, 2010)
  • Paul Medhurst (2008)
  • Dane Swan (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Nick Maxwell (2009)
  • Leon Davis (2009, 2011)
  • Scott Pendlebury (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019)
  • Harry O'Brien (2010)
  • Dale Thomas (2011)
  • Ben Reid (2011)
  • Travis Cloke (2011, 2013)
  • Dayne Beams (2012)
  • Brodie Grundy (2018, 2019)
  • Steele Sidebottom (2018)
  • Adam Treloar (2019)
  • Darcy Moore (2020, 2023)
  • Taylor Adams (2020)
  • Brayden Maynard (2022)
  • Josh Daicos (2023)
  • Nick Daicos (2023)

International rules representatives

Michael Tuck Medal winners

  • Heath Shaw (2011)

Jim Stynes Medal winners

Match records

  • Highest score: R17, 1980 – Collingwood 32.19 (211) v St Kilda 16.11 (107) – Waverley Park
  • Lowest score: R6, 1897 (VP) – Collingwood 0.8 (8) v South Melbourne 2.15 (27) – Victoria Park (VP)
  • Lowest score since 1919: Grand Final, 1960 – 2.2 (14) v Melbourne 8.14 (62) – Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • Highest losing score: R16, 1937 – Collingwood 21.16 (142) v Melbourne 22.21 (153) – VP
  • Lowest winning score: R9, 1899 (VP) – Collingwood 3.3 (21) v Melbourne 1.7 (13) – VP
  • Lowest winning score since 1919: Grand Final, 1927 – 2.13 (25) v Richmond 1.7 (13) – MCG
  • Biggest winning margin: 178 points; R4, 1979 – Collingwood 31.21 (207) v St Kilda 3.11 (29) – VP
  • Biggest losing margin: 138 points; R3, 1942 – Collingwood 5.7 (37) v Richmond 25.25 (175) – Punt Road Oval
  • Record attendance (home and away game): R10, 1958 – 99,346 v Melbourne – MCG
  • Record attendance (finals match): Grand Final, 1970 – 121,696 v Carlton – MCG

Records set by players

  • Most matches: Scott Pendlebury – 383 (2006–)
  • Most consecutive matches: Jack Crisp – 214 (2012–)
  • Most goals kicked in a match: Gordon Coventry – 17 goals 4 behinds (R12, 1930, VP) – VFL record until 1947
  • Most Best & Fairests: Nathan Buckley – 6 (1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003)
  • Most matches as coach: Jock McHale – 714 (1912–1949) – VFL/AFL record until 2015 (Remains a record for the most matches as coach at one club.)
  • Most matches as captain/acting captain: Scott Pendlebury – 206 (2014–2022)
  • Most goals in a season: Peter McKenna – 143 (1970)
  • Most career goals: Gordon Coventry – 1299 (1920–1937) – VFL/AFL record until 1999 (Remains a record for the most career goals at one club.)

Cultural influence

  • David Williamson's 1977 stage play, The Club, was inspired by the backroom dealings and antics of the Collingwood Football Club; although Collingwood is never mentioned by name. The 1980 film version of the play – directed by Bruce Beresford and starring John Howard, Jack Thompson, Graham Kennedy and Frank Wilson – is set at Collingwood and featured Collingwood players in speaking and non-speaking roles. The film was almost entirely shot on location at Victoria Park, both inside and on the actual oval.
  • Judd Apatow's 2009 film, Funny People, starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, featured a scene with Australian actor Eric Bana trying to explain the rules of Australian rules football. During this scene Bana's character, a St Kilda supporter, voices his dislike for Collingwood while watching a televised game.
  • Adam Elliot's 2009 clay-animated film, Mary and Max, features a scene with a school-yard bully, named Bernie Clifford, who wears a 1970s VFL-style Collingwood guernsey. A Collingwood garden gnome can also be seen in the film.
  • In the 2010 independent Australian film Joffa: The Movie, Joffa Corfe and Shane McRae star as a couple of knockabout handymen with a passion for the Collingwood Football Club.
  • John Brack's 1953 painting Three of the Players depicts three Collingwood players. The players are thought by some to be Lou Richards, Jack Regan and Phonse Kyne.
  • The Melbourne-based architectural firm Edmond and Corrigan included Collingwood's black and white stripes in the designs of many of their buildings, including the VCA Theatre and Niagara Galleries.

Activism

Same Sex Marriage

During the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, Collingwood supported the Yes vote.

Voice to Parliament

Collingwood is a supporter of the Voice to Parliament.

See also

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  • History of the Collingwood Football Club
  • List of Collingwood players
  • List of Collingwood Football Club coaches
  • Sport in Australia
  • Sport in Victoria
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