Vale Max Davidson

The Collingwood Football Club has been saddened by the news of the passing of former player Max Davidson, who died recently.

Max was a tenacious rover/flanker who came to the club as a 19-year-old from Tasmania in 1954, only to find that he had to return to Tasmania to complete his National Service training just days after he’d been chosen on our senior list.

He returned in 1955, spent a year getting grounding in the reserves, and then played 16 games straight from his debut in 1956, before being cruelly dropped for the Grand Final.

But his world was turned upside down the next year when he was stricken with tuberculosis. He was hospitalised for many months and told he would never play football again. Remarkably, he recovered far better than expected when he returned to Tasmania, and soon resumed his playing career with Scottsdale. He would go on to be named in their Team of 1960-2000.

Max passed away recently in Scottsdale. He is survived by his wife, Lynne, daughter Amanda (two sons are deceased), and grandchildren Tom, Connor, Alexandria and Nikola.

The Board, management, staff, coaches and players of the Collingwood Football Club would like to acknowledge Max Davidson’s contribution to our footy club. Our thoughts are with his family and all his friends from Collingwood, Tasmania and beyond.

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To read Max’s full story and the stats from his career, check his bio on Forever.