Four players from Collingwood’s 2010 Premiership side were awarded life membership at the club’s Annual General Meeting this evening.
Heath Shaw, Nathan Brown, Dayne Beams and Ben Reid were awarded the honour, as all premiership players receive life membership when they finish their careers.
Collingwood president, Eddie McGuire, congratulated the four Premiership players who played an integral role in building a successful period at the club.
Shaw donned the black and white stripes for 173 of his 325 games. Son of former Collingwood Captain Ray Shaw, he was taken as a father-son pick in the 2003 AFL Draft and retired in 2020 an ANZAC Day medallist and Premiership player for the club.
The defender looked back on his time at the Pies with fond memories.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve spent in football and I’ve enjoyed every moment at Collingwood and the people you meet here are amazing,” Shaw said.
“Thank you everyone and I really appreciate this award.”
With the 2010 Premiership marking his 50th match, Brown played 183 games from 2008 until 2019 at both Collingwood and St Kilda.
Collingwood President Eddie McGuire summarised Brown as the ultimate clubman.
“Nathan has secured his place in history as one of our club’s finest defenders,” McGuire said.
“Throughout his career he epitomised the qualities that we hold dear at Collingwood. He was tough, he was brave and always put the team above everything else.”
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Beams hung up the boots in 2020 as an All Australian, E.W. Copeland Trophy winner and Premiership player for Collingwood.
A former pick 29 in the 2008 AFL Draft, Beams played 177 games over his career at both Collingwood and the Brisbane Lions.
“The Collingwood Footy Club in general, thanks for giving me the opportunity to play footy. The fans, you’ve just been unbelievable support,” Beams said.
All Australian defender Ben Reid played 152 games for Collingwood from 2007 until 2020.
Described as “one of the best key defenders in the game” by McGuire, Reid said the life membership was an honour he would not forget.
“This truly is an honour to be awarded life membership tonight with my premiership teammates. This is something I’ll hold dear to me for the rest of my life,” Reid said.
Scott Pendlebury and Steele Sidebottom are the only remaining active members of Collingwood 2010 Premiership side, set to line up for their 16th and 13th seasons, respectively in 2021.