1958 Games 1, Goals 1
1954-56 Games 12 Goals 12
The Collingwood Football Club regrets to announce the passing of two former 1950s players – Keith Beckwith and Kevin Wylie.
Keith played only one game for Collingwood, during the Premiership season of 1958, but he was part of the Club for five seasons.
He came to the Club in 1955 from Preston Wanderers and started with the under-19s. In the years that followed he would play 37 games with the thirds and a further 27 with the seconds, as well as his solitary senior game. He would kick 49 goals, including one on senior debut.
A goalkicking rover, Keith was unlucky not to get more senior opportunities, arriving at Victoria Park at a time when the team was especially strong.
The same could also be said of fellow rover Kevin Wylie. Kevin played a single game with the reserves in our Premiership year of 1953 but spent the rest of the year with Alphington Amateurs. He returned to Victoria Park in 1954 and made his senior debut the same year.
He was an instant hit, bagging four goals against Footscray in just his second game and prompting some journalists to brand him one of the recruits of the year. But he broke his leg the very next week, missed the rest of the year and was never quite the same player again. He stayed on the list for a further two seasons but ended up playing only a total of 12 senior games, kicking 12 goals.
A game and clever rover, Wylie was brilliant around goals, winning the seconds’ goalkicking in 1955 and three times kicking bags of five at that level. He would total 59 goals from his 31 reserves games.
The Board, management, staff, coaches and players of the Collingwood Football Club acknowledge both men’s contributions to our footy club. Our thoughts are with their families, and all their friends from Collingwood and beyond.
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To read Keith’s full story and the stats from his career, check his bio on Forever.
To read Kevin’s full story and the stats from his career, check his bio on Forever.