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Albert Collier

Albert Collier

1925-1930, 1933-1939
7
Other Guernsey Nos.
2, 4, 5, 6, 8

205CFC Games Played

54CFC Goals

Date of Birth
9 July 1909
Date of Death
22 February 1988
Recruited From
Ivanhoe
Collingwood Debut
Round 1, 1925
Height:
180cm
Weight:
85kg

Biography

One of the greatest players to represent Collingwood, Albert was 15 months younger than brother Harry.

His nickname “Leeter” originated from the time an Italian lady in his street proclaimed that “Mrs Collier has had another little baby” in an accent that made “little” sound like “Leeter” and the tag stuck to distinguish him from his father , also Albert.

He captained the State Schoolboys at both cricket and football and was destined to play for the Magpies as he lived within walking distance of Victoria Park.

Recruited from Ivanhoe, Albert Collier made his debut at full-forward when three months short of his 16th birthday. Initially coach Jock McHale had said he was too young for senior football, but once he saw the confident youngster mixing it with adults on the training track he soon changed his mind.

Strong and extremely vigorous, Collier later developed into a champion centre half-back and follower who took great care of his smaller teammates, especially brother Harry.

He won the 1929 Brownlow Medal with six best on ground votes and collected the first of three Collingwood best and fairests that year (he also won in 1934 and 1935).

A regular Victorian representative, he was state vice-captain in 1935 and captained the VFL in a match against the VFA in 1937. Collier also played in the 1927-30 and 1935-36 Magpie premierships sides.

Upset that Collingwood would not pay him an allowance while he was out of work, Collier temporarily left the Magpies in 1931 to accept financially better terms to captain-coach Tasmanian club Cananore and he won the 1931 Leitch Medal as best and fairest in the Tasmanian League.

He returned to further glory at Victoria Park although knee injuries severely restricted him in his final seasons.

He played one full season with Fitzroy (in 1941) plus a game in 1942 before coaching at Camberwell and then in the country with Sea Lake and Kyneton.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1925-1930, 1933-1939 205 54 26 77%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1925 4 4 8

1925 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 1 8 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 2 8 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 1 8 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 8 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1926 20 14 7

1926 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 1 7 View match >
Round 2 Essendon L 7 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 3 7 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 1 7 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 3 7 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 7 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 2 7 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 2 7 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 1 7 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 7 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 7 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 7 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 7 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 7 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 7 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 7 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 7 View match >
Round 18 Carlton W 7 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 7 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 1 7 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1927 19 2 0 4

1927 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 4 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 4 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 4 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 0 0 4 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 4 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 4 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 4 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 4 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 1 4 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 4 View match >
Round 12 Geelong W 4 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 1 4 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 4 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 4 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 4 View match >
Round 17 Essendon W 4 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 4 View match >
Semi Final Geelong W 4 View match >
Grand Final Richmond W 4 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1928 21 2 4

1928 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 4 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 4 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 4 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 4 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 4 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 4 View match >
Round 7 Carlton W 4 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 4 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 4 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs W 4 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 4 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 1 4 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 4 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 4 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 4 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 4 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 4 View match >
Round 18 Carlton L 4 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne D 4 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne W 1 4 View match >
Grand Final Richmond W 4 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1929 18 0 0 5

1929 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 5 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 5 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 0 0 5 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 5 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 5 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 5 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 5 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 5 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 5 View match >
Round 12 Richmond W 5 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 0 0 5 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 5 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 5 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 5 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 5 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 5 View match >
Semi Final Richmond L 5 View match >
Grand Final Richmond W 5 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1930 19 0 0 6

1930 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 6 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 6 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy L 6 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 6 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 6 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 6 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 6 View match >
Round 10 Carlton L 6 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 6 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 0 0 6 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 6 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 6 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 6 View match >
Round 16 Western Bulldogs W 6 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 6 View match >
Round 18 Essendon W 6 View match >
Semi Final Richmond W 6 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong L 6 View match >
Grand Final Geelong W 6 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1933 18 8 0 7

1933 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 0 0 7 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy L 7 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 7 View match >
Round 4 Richmond L 7 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 0 7 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne L 7 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 0 0 7 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 7 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs L 7 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 0 0 7 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 0 0 7 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 1 7 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 7 View match >
Round 14 Sydney L 3 7 View match >
Round 15 Richmond W 2 7 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 0 7 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 1 0 7 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 1 7 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1934 18 11 0 5

1934 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 2 0 5 View match >
Round 2 Essendon W 5 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 5 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 5 View match >
Round 5 Geelong D 5 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 2 5 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 5 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 1 5 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 5 View match >
Round 10 Carlton W 5 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 5 View match >
Round 12 Sydney L 1 0 5 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 0 0 5 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 0 0 5 View match >
Round 15 Richmond L 1 5 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 2 5 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy W 1 5 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 5 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1935 18 3 0 7

1935 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 7 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy D 7 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 0 0 7 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 1 7 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 7 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 0 0 7 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 7 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 7 View match >
Round 12 Sydney L 7 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 7 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 7 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 7 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne D 7 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 7 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 7 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 1 7 View match >
Preliminary Final Richmond W 7 View match >
Grand Final Sydney W 1 7 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1936 14 1 2

1936 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 2 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 2 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 2 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 2 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 2 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 2 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 2 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 2 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 2 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 2 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 1 2 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 2 View match >
Semi Final Sydney W 2 View match >
Grand Final Sydney W 2 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1937 12 6 1 2

1937 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 2 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 2 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 2 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 2 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne L 1 2 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne W 1 2 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 1 2 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 3 2 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 2 View match >
Semi Final Richmond W 2 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne W 2 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 0 1 2 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1938 8 1 2

1938 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 2 View match >
Round 2 Essendon W 2 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 2 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 2 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 2 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 2 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 1 2 View match >
Grand Final Carlton L 2 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1939 16 2 2

1939 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 6 Hawthorn W 2 View match >
Round 7 Richmond W 2 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 2 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 2 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 1 2 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 2 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 2 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 1 2 View match >
Round 14 Western Bulldogs W 2 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 2 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 2 View match >
Round 17 Hawthorn W 2 View match >
Round 18 Richmond W 2 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 2 View match >
Preliminary Final St Kilda W 2 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 2 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 205 54 1
Avg/Game   0.26 0.00
Legend
  • GP Games Played
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • T Tackles
  • D Disposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

294

Total AFL Games
217
Total AFL Goals
67
CFC Debut
Round 1, 1925
CFC Last Game
Grand Final, 1939
Recruited From
Ivanhoe
Full Name
Albert Collier
Nickname
Leeter

Awards

  • AFL Hall of Fame
    1996
  • Brownlow Medallists
    1929
  • Life Members
    1939
  • Austral Cup
    1928
  • Best Finals Player (Bob Rose Award)
    1935
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2004
  • CFC Team of the Century
  • x3
    E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1929, 1934, 1935
  • x6
    Premiership
    1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936
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