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Team of the Century

Collingwood has produced some champion footballers over the years - and none better than the men in the club's Team of the Century. The Magpies selected the best team in their history, comprising 21 players (with three on the interchange bench in accordance with the AFL's interchange rules at the time it was named) and coach Jock McHale. Gavin Brown, a 254-game champion of the club, was added in 2002 five years after the league had extended the standard interchange bench to four men. The Collingwood Team of the Century was named on June 14, 1997, at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne. The selection by a panel of experts comprised club legends Kevin Rose, Ron Richards, Jock McHale Jnr and media experts (and Collingwood supporters) Eddie McGuire and Trevor Grant.

B: Harold Rumney, Jack Regan, Syd Coventry (c)
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: Jock McHale

The team features 22 of Australian Football's greatest ever players. Syd Coventry, who led each of the four premiership teams between 1927 and 1930, was named as captain and Jock McHale was the logical choice as coach.

The team played a total of 4796 matches, and includes seven of Collingwood's nine Brownlow Medalists. 13 of the 22 selected were club captains, and 16 played in at least one premiership side.

HAROLD RUMNEY
Born: 1907
Died: 1987
Career span: 1927-1935, 1937
Games: 171
Goals: 28
Team of the Century Position: Back pocket
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1931; Austral trophy 1930; Best First Year Player 1927; Life Member; premiership player 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935
Playing stats: 171 cms, 76 kgs

JACK REGAN
Born: 1912
Died: 1988
Career span: 1930-1946
Games: 196
Goals: 3
Team of the Century Position: Full back
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1936; Runner-Up Copeland Trophy 1934, 1937, 1941; Austral Trophy 1934, 1937; Captain 1940, 1941, 1943; Football Secretary 1969-1977; 3rd Brownlow Medal 1934; Captain of Victoria; Life Member

SYD COVENTRY
Born: 1899
Died: 1976
Career span: 1922-1934
Games: 227
Goals: 62
Team of the Century Position: Back pocket
Honours: Brownlow Medal 1927; Copeland trophy 1927, 1932; Best Player Award 1926; Austral trophy 1925; captain 1927-1934; Vice Captain 1926; Vice President 1939-1949; President 1950-1962; Patron 1963-1976; Interstate Representative 1922-1933; Life Member

BILL PICKEN
Born: 1956
Career span: 1974-1983, 1986
Games: 212
Goals: 46
Team of the Century Position: Half back flank
Honours: Copeland trophy 1983; Runner-up in Copeland Trophy, 1977,78,79,81; 3rd in Copeland Trophy 1975; Best player in finals 1975,78,79,81; Most determined 1978; Best country recruit 1974; deputy vice captain 1980; Reserves best and fairest 1975; Life member; interstate representative 1977,79,80; 3rd in Brownlow Medal 1975

ALBERT COLLIER
Born: 1909
Died: 1988
Career Span: 1925-1939
Games: 205
Goals: 54
Team of the Century Position: Centre half back
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1929, 1934, 1935; Vice Captain 1935-1939; Austral Cup 1928; Best player in finals 1935; Brownlow Medal 1929; Interstate representative 1928-1937; 3KZ Trophy for most popular player 1937

NATHAN BUCKLEY
Born: 1972
Career Span: 1994-2007
Games: 260
Goals: 263
Team of the Century Position: Half back flank
Honours: EW Copeland Trophy 1994 (equal), 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003; RT Rush Trophy 1997; JJ Joyce Trophy 2001; Captain 1999-2007; Brownlow Medal: 1st – 2003, 2nd -1998, 3rd - 1999, Norm Smith Medal 2002, AFL Rising Star 1993 (Brisbane Bears); All-Australian 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 (vice-captain), 2000 (vice-captain), 2001, 2003 (vice-captain); International Rules Series 1998, 1999 (captain); Allies captain 1997; Jesaulenko Medal 1997; SANFL- Magarey Medal 1992; Jack Oatey Medal (Grand Final B.O.G.) 1992; Port Adelaide SANFL Best and Fairest 1992; Collingwood Life Member.

THOROLD MERRETT
Born: 1933
Career span: 1950-1960
Games: 180
Goals: 148
Team of the Century Position: Wing
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1958, 1959; 3rd Copeland Trophy 1952; vice captain 1960; committeeman 1977-1982; Life member

BOB ROSE
Born: 1928
Died: 2003
Career span: 1946-1955
Games: 152
Goals: 211
Team of the Century Position: Centre
Honours:
Copeland Trophy 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953; Leading goalkicker 1953, 1954; Coach 1964-1971, 1985-1986 (192 games, 121 wins, 69 losses, 2 draws); Vice President 1963-1971; Life member; Board of directors 1984-98; Runner-up Brownlow Medal 1953; Interstate representative 1949-54; All-Australian 1953; Victorian coach 1967; Footscray coach 1972-75; Member AFL Hall of Fame.

DARREN MILLANE
Born: 1965
Died: 1991
Career Span: 1984-1991
Games: 147
Goals: 79
Team of the Century Position: Wing
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1987; Runner-Up Copeland Trophy 1990; 3rd Copeland Trophy 1986, 1988; Most Courageous Player 1990; Best First Year Player 1984; Most Improved Player 1986; Phonse Kyne Trophy for services to the club 1988, 1989, 1991

DES FOTHERGILL
Born: 1920
Died: 1996
Career Span: 1937-1947
Games: 111
Goals: 337
Team of the Century Position: Half forward
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1937, 1938, 1940; Leading goalkicker 1940, 1945, 1946; Best first year player 1937; Reserves best and fairest 1936; Best player in finals series 1937, 1938; Life member; Brownlow Medallist 1940

MURRAY WEIDEMAN
Born: 1936
Career span: 1953-1963
Games: 179
Goals: 264
Team of the Century Position: Centre Half Forward
Playing stats: 187 cm, 96 kg
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1957, 1961, 1962; Leading goalkicker 1959, 1960, 1962; Captain 1960-1963; Vice Captain 1958-1959; Reserves best and fairest 1953; Senior coach 1975-1976; Life Member

DICK LEE
Born: 1889
Died: 1968
Career Span: 1906-1922
Games: 230
Goals: 707
Team of the Century Position: Half forward
Honours:
Leading goalkicker 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1921; Captain 1920, 1921; Vice Captain 1910, 1911; Committee 1923-1934, 1950-1954; Life Member; Leading VFL goalkicker 1907, 1908, 1910, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1921

PHONSE KYNE
Born: 1915
Died: 1985
Career Span: 1934-44, 1946-1950
Games: 245
Goals: 237
Team of the Century Position: Forward pocket
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1946, 1947, 1948; Runner-up Copeland Trophy 1938, 1939, 1949; 3rd Copeland Trophy 1936; Captain 1942, 1946-1949; Vice-Captain 1940, 1941; Coach 1950-1963; Life member

GORDON COVENTRY
Born: 1901
Died: 1968
Career span: 1920-1937
Games: 306
Goals: 1299
Team of the Century Position: Full Forward
Honours: Leading goalkicker 1922-1937; Copeland Trophy 1933; 3rd Copeland Trophy 1934; Life member, VFL leading goalkicker 1926-1930, 1937; 25 state appearances for 100 goals

PETER DAICOS
Born: 1961
Career span: 1979-93
Games: 250
Goals: 549
Team of the Century Position: Forward pocket
Honours:
Copeland Trophy 1982, 1988; Leading goalkicker 1981, 1982, 1990, 1991; Reserves best and fairest 1979; Vice captain 1990-1991; Deputy Vice Captain 1988, 1989; Special award for services to the club 1985; Life member

LEN THOMPSON
Born: 1947
Died: 2007
Career Span: 1965-1978
Games: 268
Goals: 217
Position: Ruck
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1977; Runner-up Copeland Trophy 1969, 1976; 3rd Copeland Trophy 1966; Most consistent player 1967; 1968; 1972; 1973, 1977; Best player in finals 1977; Captain 1978; Vice Captain 1973-1977; Deputy Vice Captain 1969, 1972; Committee 1982, 1983; Brownlow Medal 1972; Life member

DES TUDDENHAM
Born: 1943
Career Span: 1962-1977
Games: 182
Goals: 252
Team of the Century Position: Ruck rover
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1963; Runner-up Copeland trophy 1965; 1966; 1971; Most determined player 1970; Captain 1966-1969, 1976; Life member

HARRY COLLIER
Born: 1907
Died: 1994
Career Span: 1926-1940
Games: 255
Goals: 299
Team of the Century Position: Rover
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1928, 1930; Captain 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939; Vice captain 1933-1934; Committee 1964-1975; Best player in finals 1926; Most Consistent Player 1927, 1928, 1930; Austral Trophy 1932; Life Member; Brownlow Medal 1930

TONY SHAW
Born: 1960
Career Span: 1977-1994
Games: 313
Goals: 159
Team of the Century Position: Interchange
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1984, 1990; 3rd Copeland Trophy 1981; Most Courageous Player 1983, 1989; Most Determined Player 1986; Best Team Man 1985; Special Trophy for services to the club 1986, 1987; Reserves best and fairest 1978; Captain1987-1993; Deputy Vice Captain 1985, 1986; Life Member; Norm Smith Medal 1990

MARCUS WHELAN
Born: 1914
Died: 1973
Career span: 1933-1947
Games: 173
Goals: 31
Team of the Century Position: Interchange
Honours: Brownlow Medal 1939; Copeland Trophy 1939; Runner-Up Copeland Trophy 1936, 1940; 3rd Copeland trophy 1937; Vice-captain 1942; Life member)

WAYNE RICHARDSON
Born: 1946
Career span: 1966-1978
Games: 277
Goals: 323
Team of the Century Position: Interchange
Honours: Copeland Trophy 1971, 1974; Runner-up Copeland Trophy 1967, 1968, 1973; Most Consistent Player 1968, 1971, 1974; Most Determined 1971; Magpie Player Of The Year 1974; Best First Year Player 1966; Captain 1971-1975; Vice-captain 1970 Board of directors 1986-1992; Life Member

GAVIN BROWN
Born: 1967
Career span: 1987-2000
Games: 254
Goals: 195
Team of the Century Position: Interchange
Honours: Collingwood captain 1994-1998; Copeland Trophy 1989, 1994, 1997; Member 1990 premiership team; All Australian 1989, 1991, 1994; Victorian captain 1997; EJ Whitten Medal 1989, 1997; Goals: 194; Premiership matches: 254; Finals Games for Collingwood: 9; State of Origin Games: 11