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Charlie Pannam Snr

Charlie Pannam Snr*

1894-1907

229CFC Games Played

111CFC Goals

Date of Birth
2 October 1874
Date of Death
29 October 1952
Recruited From
Collingwood Juniors
Collingwood Debut
Round 1, 1894
Height:
173cm
Weight:
80kg

Biography

Even in a club famous for its remarkable family ties, the Pannam/Richards clan stands out for a series of records that are unlikely ever to be equalled. And Charles Henry Pannam was the man who started it all.

Charlie played 229 games, kicked 111 goals, won a League goalkicking trophy and captained the club. His younger brother, Albert, played 28 games between 1907-09. Charles bore five sons, two of whom proved just as adept at VFL football. Charlie Jnr – the first father-son in Collingwood history – was regarded as one of the best centreline players of his day while the youngest of the brood, Alby, played 181 games, kicked 453 goals and, like his father, captained the club.

One of Charlie Snr’s daughters also came to the party, producing two sons – Lou and Ron Richards, you may have heard of them – who between them contributed another 393 games and 537 goals.

In all, the various members of the Pannam/Richards dynasty played a total of 928 games, kicked 1125 goals, produced three club captains, won eight club goalkicking awards, one League goalkicking award, one Copeland Trophy and were a part of 19 Grand Final sides, for eight Premierships. It is a staggering record.

Charlie Pannam Snr would have had no idea what he was starting when he began his Collingwood career way back in 1894. At that stage he was just another local kid hoping to make it with the municipality’s newly formed team.

Charlie was born at Daylesford in 1875. Melbourne beckoned the Pannams while Charlie was still young, and by the early 1890s he was making a name for himself with the local Collingwood sides. In 1891 a “Panham” was recorded as playing for the Young Natives’ team, and in 1893 Charlie enjoyed a particularly good season with the Collingwood Juniors, regularly winning praise for his “dashing play”.

By 1894 it was already becoming the norm for successful players with the Juniors’ team to cross to the senior side, Jack Monohan having made the transition the previous year. But it was North Melbourne and Richmond who made the first approaches to young Pannam, and one newspaper reported in April of 1894 that he would be “a certain starter” for North that season.

Pannam’s first game for the year was in a combined junior representative side against Essendon, where he did well. That seems to have sparked Collingwood’s late interest, and they promptly trumped North and hurried Pannam into a black-and-white jumper for the opening round of the year. From that point on, he was to be a near-permanent fixture in the Collingwood line-up. He missed only a handful of games throughout his 14 years at Collingwood, and at one point went seven years without an absence, along the way becoming the first player to play more than 100 VFL games.

From that first season, Pannam impressed observers with his pace, cleverness and skills. The Sporting Judge, for example, noted that he “dashed down the ground like a sheet of lightning”. The Argus praised his aerial skills: “There are few men of his own size whom he cannot beat in getting the ball in the air, but he is tricky — in more ways than one,” it said. Almost all observers were taken by how well he delivered the ball. Former teammate Ted Rowell said Pannam was a “past master” in wing play. “He was most consistent, and especially good in finals,” said Rowell. “He usually disposed of the ball with a beautiful fast stab to a teammate.”

This was particularly so after the club’s historic journey to Tasmania in 1902. The opposition in one game was so weak that the Collingwood players began toying with them. Dick Condon started using peculiar, short spearing kicks that he would pop just over the heads of his opponents to a teammate. Pannam and Teddy Rowell joined in, and the stab kick was born.

After a rough sea voyage back to Melbourne the Collingwood players, many of whom were still seasick, had to head straight to Geelong. They used the new kick they had developed in Tasmania, and ran rings around the Pivotonians. They continued to use and refine the kick (with Condon, Pannam and Rowell as its best exponents), and other teams found they could not cope with the speed and the system of this new style of play. Collingwood was not beaten for the rest of the year, and won the 1902 and 1903 flags. The game was never again the same.

Pannam was vital to the team’s success during those back-to-back years. At that stage he was still playing on the wing, where he had spent most of his career and came to be regarded as one of the most brilliant footballers of his time. There he formed part of a couple of crack centreline combinations, firstly with Charlie ‘Buffer’ Sime and Bill Strickland and secondly with Sime and Fred Leach. Both Pannam and Leach were renowned as “wanderers”, something that was regarded as very risky in those days of strict position play and only to be tried by either the best or the most foolhardy of players.

As Pannam began to slow down he moved to the forward line, where his clever skills, goal sense and uncanny anticipation brought him 86 goals in three seasons, including 38 to win the League goalkicking title in 1905 (the same year in which he was made captain). It was a goal sense that was to re-emerge 30 years later through youngest son Alby, then again through grandson Lou, neither of whom was exactly shy when it came to shooting at the big sticks.

Throughout his career, Charlie became famous for his pace, skills, evasiveness and feisty, cheeky nature. He was hauled before the VFA or VFL committees several times to answer misconduct charges. But it seems he got away with his little tricks far more frequently than he was caught. In 1903, “Observer” in The Argus bemoaned Pannam’s ways: “It is a singular coincidence that Pannam exasperates every man who plays against him with his sly and spiteful tricks, yet watches the umpire so carefully that he never gets into trouble,” he wrote. This “rat cunning” also manifested itself in the family’s subsequent generations.

Off the field Charlie spent virtually all his working life at the old Yorkshire Brewery. In The Kiss of Death, Lou said his grandfather “wasn’t one of the hardest workers”. Ron Richards remembered old Charlie as a warm, kind man who frequently gave his grandsons sixpence.

After three years as Collingwood’s goalsneak Pannam again donned the guernsey for the 1907 season. He lasted just two games before retiring, taking up the job of coaching the Ballarat team in their annual game against the League. Later that season he transferred to Richmond (then in the VFA) as captain. He saw them into the VFL in 1908 but later left when he became upset that he was overlooked for the coaching job that went to his old teammate Dick Condon. In 1909 and 1910 he coached at Preston, and eventually got his chance to coach Richmond during that club’s turbulent 1912.

But Pannam left a legacy at Collingwood richer than anyone could have imagined, one that stretched well into the 1950s. Every Magpie fan should be grateful he chose us over North Melbourne way back in 1894.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1897-1907 179 111 14 69%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1897 17 1

1897 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 St Kilda W View match >
Round 2 Essendon W View match >
Round 3 Geelong W View match >
Round 4 Sydney L View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 6 Melbourne L View match >
Round 7 Carlton W View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W View match >
Round 9 Essendon L View match >
Round 10 Geelong L View match >
Round 11 Sydney L View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W View match >
Round 14 Carlton W View match >
Semi Final Melbourne W View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 1 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 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.
1898 18 3

1898 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy L View match >
Round 3 Melbourne L View match >
Round 4 Sydney L 1 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W View match >
Round 6 St Kilda W View match >
Round 7 Essendon W View match >
Round 8 Geelong L View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 10 Melbourne W 1 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W View match >
Round 12 Carlton W View match >
Round 13 St Kilda W View match >
Round 14 Essendon W View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W View match >
Round 16 Geelong W View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 1 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 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.
1899 17 5

1899 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L View match >
Round 2 Melbourne L View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 1 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy L View match >
Round 7 Essendon W View match >
Round 8 Geelong L View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W View match >
Round 11 Sydney W View match >
Round 12 Carlton W View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 1 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 1 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 1 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 1 View match >
Round 17 Fitzroy L 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.
1900 17 2

1900 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 1 View match >
Round 2 Geelong L 1 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W View match >
Round 6 Carlton L View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy L View match >
Round 9 Geelong W View match >
Round 10 Sydney L View match >
Round 11 Essendon W View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W View match >
Round 13 Carlton W View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W View match >
Round 3 Sydney W View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W View match >
Round 16 Geelong L View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 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.
1901 18 7

1901 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon W 2 View match >
Round 2 Carlton W 2 View match >
Round 3 Sydney L View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W View match >
Round 5 Geelong W View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 1 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L View match >
Round 11 Melbourne L View match >
Round 12 Geelong L View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 2 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L View match >
Round 17 St Kilda W View match >
Semi Final Geelong W View match >
Grand Final Essendon L 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.
1902 18 4

1902 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 1 0 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy L View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W View match >
Round 6 Essendon L View match >
Round 7 Carlton W View match >
Round 8 Sydney W View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W View match >
Round 10 Geelong W View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 13 Essendon W View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 1 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 1 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W 1 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L View match >
Grand Final Essendon W 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.
1903 19 2 14

1903 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton L View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 1 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy L 14 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W View match >
Round 6 Geelong W View match >
Round 7 Essendon W View match >
Round 8 Carlton W View match >
Round 9 Sydney W View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W View match >
Round 13 Geelong W View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 1 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W View match >
Round 16 Carlton W View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W View match >
Semi Final Carlton W View match >
Grand Final Fitzroy W 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.
1904 18 24

1904 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 0 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 View match >
Round 3 Sydney L 0 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy W 0 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 0 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 1 0 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 0 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 4 0 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne L 2 0 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 3 0 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 4 0 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 0 View match >
Round 13 Essendon L View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 4 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 3 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 1 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy 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.
1905 18 38

1905 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy L 1 View match >
Round 2 Carlton W 6 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 4 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W View match >
Round 5 Sydney W View match >
Round 6 Geelong W 2 View match >
Round 7 Essendon W 5 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 2 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 4 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 3 0 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 1 View match >
Round 13 Geelong W View match >
Round 14 Essendon L 1 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 2 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne W 3 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 4 0 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L View match >
Grand Final Fitzroy L 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.
1906 17 24

1906 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 1 View match >
Round 2 Sydney L 1 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 4 View match >
Round 4 Carlton L 1 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 1 View match >
Round 6 Essendon L View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 1 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 5 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy L 1 View match >
Round 11 Carlton L 2 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 3 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 1 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 1 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 0 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 1 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 1 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.
1907 2 1

1907 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W View match >
Round 2 St Kilda L 1 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 179 111
Avg/Game   0.62
Legend
  • GP Games Played
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • T Tackles
  • D Disposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

13

CFC VFA Debut Number

V66

VFA Matches Played at Collingwood
50
CFC Debut
Round 1, 1894
CFC Last Game
Round 2, 1907
Recruited From
Collingwood Juniors
Full Name
Charlie H Pannam

Awards

  • AFL Hall of Fame
    1996
  • VFL/AFL Leading Goalkicker
    1905
  • Life Members
    1907
  • x2
    Leading Goalkicker (Gordon Coventry Trophy)
    1904, 1905
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2006
  • Team Captain
    1905
  • x2
    Premiership
    1902, 1903

* Player statistics include VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.

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