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Magpies break a league record

125 years: Our story The Collingwood Football Club celebrated its 125th birthday on 12 February 2017.

Keep it quiet, but we’ll be making history this Saturday.

When the first ball is bounced at the MCG, Collingwood will become the first club in VFL/ AFL history to play 2500 games.

No club is within cooee of the Magpies’ record (Carlton sits in second on 2461 games), and we have the legacy of 177 finals games to thank for it. The Pies are 38 games ahead of the Blues when it comes to counting September appearances.

The best way to celebrate the achievement? A win over Essendon this Saturday.

We wouldn’t say no to that.

Floreat Pica.

The story of Collingwood’s first 2499 VFL/ AFL games (1897-2017)

121,696 –
The largest finals crowd in Collingwood’s VFL/ AFL history, played against Carlton in the 1970 Grand Final.

99,256 – The largest home and away crowd involving Collingwood, against Melbourne in round 10, 1958.

7632 – The most disposals recorded by a Collingwood player (Tony Shaw, 1978-1994).

5829 – The most kicks recorded by a Collingwood player (Wayne Richardson, 1966-1978).

4290 – The most hitouts won by a Collingwood player (Len Thompson, 1965-1978).

3285 – The most handballs recorded by a Collingwood player (Scott Pendlebury, 2006-2017).

2010 – The year of Collingwood’s most recent AFL premiership.

1902 – The year of Collingwood’s first VFL premiership.

1896 – The year of Collingwood’s first VFA premiership.

1892 – The year the Collingwood Football Club was formed (on 12 February).

1678 – The most marks taken by a Collingwood player (Travis Cloke, 2005-2016).

1509 – The number of VFL/ AFL games won by Collingwood.

1299 – The most goals scored by a Collingwood player (Gordon Coventry, 1920-1937). It stood as the VFL/ AFL record until Sydney’s Tony Lockett kicked his 1300th in round 10, 1999.

1219 – The most tackles recorded by a Collingwood player (Scott Pendlebury).

1111 – The most clearances recorded by a Collingwood player (Scott Pendlebury).

863 – Games played by Collingwood at Victoria Park. The ground was the Magpies’ home between 1892 and 2004. The final home and away match was played at the ground on 28 August 1999.

820 – The most disposals record by a Collingwood player in a single season (by Dane Swan in 2010).

714 – The most games coached by one person in Collingwood and VFL/ AFL history (Jock McHale, 1912-1949).

679 – The most clangers recorded by a Collingwood player (Dane Swan, 2003-2016).

595 – The most bounces recorded by a Collingwood player (Heath Shaw, 2005-2013).

512 – The most contested marks taken by a Collingwood player (Travis Cloke).

467 – The most wins by a Collingwood coach (Jock McHale).

447 – The most behinds kicked by a Collingwood player (Peter McKenna, 1965-1975).

390 – The most handballs recorded by a Collingwood player in a single season (Adam Treloar in 2016).

313 – The most senior games played by a single player (Tony Shaw).

220 – The most games won by an individual (Gordon Coventry).

211 – Collingwood’s highest score (against St Kilda in round 17, 1980).

211cm – The tallest player to play for Collingwood (Mason Cox, 2016-2017).

190 – The most goal assists recorded by a Collingwood player (Scott Pendlebury).

186 – The most Brownlow votes recorded by a Collingwood player (Dane Swan).

180 – The highest score conceded by a Collingwood team (against Carlton in round 18, 2000, and against Fremantle in round seven, 2005).

178 – Collingwood’s greatest winning margin (against St Kilda in round four, 1979).

177 – The number of finals Collingwood has played in. No club has ever played in more (Carlton is second with 139 finals).

155cm – The shortest player to play for Collingwood (Jim Bradford, 1943).

143 – The most goals kicked in a single season by a Collingwood player (Peter McKenna).

77 – The most points scored by a Collingwood team in one quarter (against Carlton in the third quarter of round four, 1969).

43 – The number of Grand Finals Collingwood has played in, the most of any club.

34 – The oldest age at which a player has made his Collingwood debut (Ben Hudson in round three, 2013).

30 – The most behinds scored by a Collingwood team in a home and away game (against North Melbourne in round eight, 1935, and again against North Melbourne in round six, 1970).

25 – The number of venues Collingwood has played at between 1897 and 2017.

20 – The most amount of wins Collingwood has registered in a single home and away season (in 2011).

18 – The number of people to have coached Collingwood in the VFL/ AFL.

17 – The highest number of goals kicked in a game by a single player (Gordon Coventry, against South Melbourne in round 12, 1930).

15 – The number of VFL/ AFL premierships Collingwood has won.

15 – The youngest age at which a Collingwood player has made his debut (Keith Bromage, against Richmond in round 17, 1953).

9 – The number of players to have won a Brownlow Medal while playing for Collingwood.

8 – The lowest total score kicked by a Collingwood team in a home and away game (against South Melbourne in round 11, 1897).

2 – The number of drawn Grand Finals Collingwood has been involved in (1977 and 2010).

1 – The number of VFA premierships Collingwood won (against South Melbourne in 1896).