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Darren Millane

Darren Millane

1984-1991
42

147CFC Games Played

78CFC Goals

Date of Birth
9 August 1965
Date of Death
7 October 1991
Recruited From
Dandenong
Collingwood Debut
Round 18, 1984
Height:
188cm
Weight:
89kg

Biography

On 7 October 1991, tragedy descended upon the Collingwood Football Club when premiership hero Darren Millane died in a car accident on Queens Road, near Melbourne’s Albert Park Lake.

Millane’s death sent the football community world into shock and grief. The 26-year-old had just completed his eighth season with the club and was considered by many good judges to be its captain in waiting.

A player who went into every contest with an unmatched ferocity, Millane always put the team and the Black and White guernsey first.

The former Dandenong captain played 147 games for Collingwood and was relied upon to grab the strong mark when his teammates kicked out of defense. Originally sought after by St Kilda and Hawthorn, Millane signed with Collingwood in 1984.

Millane made a rapid rise through the ranks, named Best First Year Player in 1984 and winning the Most Improved Player award in 1986 before claiming his only Copeland Trophy in 1987.

But he saved his biggest contribution to the club for when it mattered most: Collingwood’s drought-breaking premiership season of 1990.

In the lead up to the 1990 finals, Millane fractured his right thumb and it was widely thought he would miss the entire series.

But an injured thumb was not going to deter him from playing and he relied on taking strong doses of painkiller injections to survive the finals campaign.

After beating West Coast by 59 points in the Qualifying Final Replay, Collingwood coasted into the Grand Final with a win over Essendon in the Semi-Final.

In front of 98,944 at the MCG, Millane played a sterling role on the left wing collecting 26 possessions and was named in the side’s best in the 48-point triumph.

The final siren sounded with the ball fittingly in Millane’s hands, a moment that will forever be etched in the minds of Collingwood supporters.

During the season, Millane was simply outstanding, winning the AFL Players Association MVP award (since renamed the Leigh Matthews Trophy), was selected in the AFL Team of the Year and finished second in the club’s best and fairest.

After he passed away, Millane became the only player in the club’s history to have his guernsey number (42) retired indefinitely by the club. He averaged 22 touches in his final year at the club.

Exactly one year and one day after Collingwood’s 14th VFL-AFL premiership, Millane’s life ended, tearing a hole through the heart of the club.

In its official magazine, In Black and White, Collingwood published the following only days after Millane’s passing.

“The Collingwood Football Club wishes to pay tribute to Darren Millane – a player who inspired his team mates, whose presence on the field made each and every player stand taller.

It is a tragedy that such a talented, able and likeable person, respected by all who knew him should be taken away at such an early age.

Darren’s exploits were not only on the field but in countless areas away from the club where he would visit, meet and entertain people from all walks of life – sick, injured, handicapped and aged alike.

We will remember Darren always for his courage, his toughness, yet his softness, his love of life and his love of his family.

‘The Young Bull’ as he was known, lived life to the fullest yet gave back so much to those who knew him.

Collingwood Football Club will never forget this young man, a person most prominent in the Premiership year of 1990, who played that final series each week in severe pain from a broken bone in his right hand, and who set an example to be remembered by many a person for the rest of their lives.

In your honour Darren, the club has introduced the “Darren Millane Perpetual Memorial Trophy” – a trophy to be presented annually to the player, judged by his team mates after each game over a season, who did something of specific note in a game or gave an outstanding performance during the day which the players themselves feel requires special recognition”.

Off the field, Millane lived life at a hectic pace and had occasional brushes with the law. But he was generally regarded throughout the football world as a likeable rogue and the grief at his death was widespread.

His legacy lives on at Collingwood, with his old No. 42 locker taking pride of place in the boot studder’s room at the Westpac Centre.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1984-1991 147 78 8 57%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1984 8 4 3 110 41 151 42

1984 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 18 Richmond W 12 1 13 42 View match >
Round 19 Fitzroy L 11 11 42 View match >
Round 20 Melbourne W 1 19 5 24 42 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn L 1 18 4 22 42 View match >
Round 22 Western Bulldogs W 2 1 11 8 19 42 View match >
Elimination Final Fitzroy W 1 1 13 5 18 42 View match >
Semi Final Carlton W 13 6 19 42 View match >
Preliminary Final Essendon L 13 12 25 42 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.
1985 15 1 4 148 84 232 42

1985 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 3 Melbourne W 3 1 4 42 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 11 4 15 42 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 1 11 12 23 42 View match >
Round 6 Richmond L 6 3 9 42 View match >
Round 8 Hawthorn W 4 1 5 42 View match >
Round 11 Carlton L 2 5 7 42 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 3 2 5 42 View match >
Round 15 Essendon L 8 4 12 42 View match >
Round 16 Sydney W 1 15 10 25 42 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 14 3 17 42 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy L 17 7 24 42 View match >
Round 19 Hawthorn L 6 5 11 42 View match >
Round 20 St Kilda W 3 20 7 27 42 View match >
Round 21 Western Bulldogs L 13 14 27 42 View match >
Round 22 Carlton L 15 6 21 42 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.
1986 22 8 10 333 151 484 42

1986 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 16 8 24 42 View match >
Round 2 Sydney L 11 13 24 42 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne L 10 6 16 42 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 1 1 19 6 25 42 View match >
Round 5 Western Bulldogs L 10 5 15 42 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 1 17 12 29 42 View match >
Round 7 Carlton L 14 8 22 42 View match >
Round 8 Hawthorn L 1 1 17 3 20 42 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 1 13 8 21 42 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 2 21 7 28 42 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 1 13 11 24 42 View match >
Round 12 Essendon W 1 17 4 21 42 View match >
Round 13 Sydney L 1 15 8 23 42 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne W 1 15 4 19 42 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 1 10 9 19 42 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 1 16 7 23 42 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 1 25 6 31 42 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne L 1 11 5 16 42 View match >
Round 19 Carlton L 1 15 4 19 42 View match >
Round 20 Hawthorn L 17 6 23 42 View match >
Round 21 Richmond W 14 7 21 42 View match >
Round 22 St Kilda W 1 17 4 21 42 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.
1987 19 18 4 287 118 27 405 42

1987 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 4 Richmond W 0 0 15 7 22 42 View match >
Round 5 Western Bulldogs W 0 0 7 1 1 8 42 View match >
Round 6 Brisbane W 2 0 18 1 2 19 42 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 1 1 17 4 1 21 42 View match >
Round 8 Essendon L 4 1 17 3 3 20 42 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 3 11 3 1 14 42 View match >
Round 10 West Coast L 1 12 6 2 18 42 View match >
Round 11 Geelong L 1 11 9 4 20 42 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 1 1 15 4 1 19 42 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne L 13 1 13 42 View match >
Round 14 Sydney L 1 1 7 3 2 10 42 View match >
Round 15 Carlton L 1 19 14 2 33 42 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn L 20 9 2 29 42 View match >
Round 17 Richmond L 1 18 11 1 29 42 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs L 15 5 3 20 42 View match >
Round 19 Brisbane W 17 11 28 42 View match >
Round 20 Melbourne L 19 11 30 42 View match >
Round 21 St Kilda L 11 6 1 17 42 View match >
Round 22 Essendon W 2 25 10 35 42 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.
1988 21 11 8 333 173 33 506 42

1988 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Brisbane W 1 15 2 3 17 42 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 2 17 10 2 27 42 View match >
Round 3 Richmond W 9 6 15 42 View match >
Round 4 West Coast W 2 2 14 7 21 42 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 1 21 10 31 42 View match >
Round 6 Hawthorn L 1 20 8 2 28 42 View match >
Round 7 Essendon L 0 1 17 8 1 25 42 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 1 1 16 10 2 26 42 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 18 6 24 42 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 1 9 9 18 42 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 1 16 18 3 34 42 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 18 9 2 27 42 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 23 16 4 39 42 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 1 11 6 1 17 42 View match >
Round 15 Fitzroy L 2 3 1 5 42 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 1 2 16 10 1 26 42 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne D 17 7 1 24 42 View match >
Round 19 Brisbane W 17 5 1 22 42 View match >
Round 20 Essendon W 19 10 3 29 42 View match >
Round 22 Geelong W 22 10 3 32 42 View match >
Qualifying Final Carlton L 1 0 16 3 3 19 42 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.
1989 21 13 15 305 137 29 442 42

1989 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Fitzroy L 1 3 6 4 3 10 42 View match >
Round 3 Brisbane W 10 12 1 22 42 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda W 2 18 5 1 23 42 View match >
Round 5 Sydney L 1 15 4 1 19 42 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 1 21 6 1 27 42 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 1 19 5 3 24 42 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 14 5 1 19 42 View match >
Round 9 Essendon L 1 16 8 2 24 42 View match >
Round 10 Geelong L 3 18 5 2 23 42 View match >
Round 11 West Coast W 15 4 1 19 42 View match >
Round 12 Richmond W 1 14 4 1 18 42 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 3 10 2 2 12 42 View match >
Round 14 Western Bulldogs L 1 16 9 2 25 42 View match >
Round 15 Carlton L 1 13 11 24 42 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn L 15 6 21 42 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W 1 19 10 1 29 42 View match >
Round 18 Sydney L 14 13 2 27 42 View match >
Round 19 North Melbourne L 2 14 8 2 22 42 View match >
Round 20 Fitzroy W 10 11 21 42 View match >
Round 21 Richmond W 2 16 3 3 19 42 View match >
Round 22 West Coast W 2 2 12 2 14 42 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.
1990 23 9 9 430 154 24 584 42

1990 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 West Coast L 1 17 4 1 21 42 View match >
Round 2 Carlton W 16 7 1 23 42 View match >
Round 6 Essendon L 1 1 12 8 1 20 42 View match >
Round 7 Hawthorn L 21 8 2 29 42 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 17 9 26 42 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 1 21 5 26 42 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne W 1 19 13 1 32 42 View match >
Round 11 Brisbane W 21 11 32 42 View match >
Round 12 Geelong W 20 6 1 26 42 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 1 1 24 10 1 34 42 View match >
Round 14 West Coast W 3 22 10 32 42 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 1 18 9 27 42 View match >
Round 16 Sydney W 20 5 1 25 42 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs L 1 2 17 11 28 42 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 3 28 2 30 42 View match >
Round 19 Essendon L 10 5 1 15 42 View match >
Round 20 Hawthorn L 22 7 1 29 42 View match >
Round 21 Fitzroy W 2 1 3 42 View match >
Round 22 North Melbourne W 22 8 30 42 View match >
Qualifying Final West Coast D 0 0 28 6 2 34 42 View match >
Qualifying Final West Coast W 1 0 11 2 3 13 42 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 0 0 18 3 3 21 42 View match >
Grand Final Essendon W 0 0 24 4 5 28 42 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.
1991 18 14 16 296 101 20 397 42

1991 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 0 1 21 10 31 42 View match >
Round 2 West Coast L 0 2 23 5 28 42 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 2 9 6 1 15 42 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda D 20 5 1 25 42 View match >
Round 5 Brisbane W 1 1 11 10 1 21 42 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne L 1 15 8 1 23 42 View match >
Round 11 North Melbourne L 1 1 13 2 2 15 42 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 14 3 17 42 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 13 3 16 42 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 1 17 5 5 22 42 View match >
Round 15 Adelaide W 1 18 14 2 32 42 View match >
Round 17 West Coast L 14 7 21 42 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 3 2 17 5 1 22 42 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda W 2 12 6 1 18 42 View match >
Round 20 Brisbane W 1 30 3 33 42 View match >
Round 21 Melbourne W 3 1 17 1 3 18 42 View match >
Round 23 Richmond W 1 3 17 6 2 23 42 View match >
Round 24 Geelong L 2 15 2 17 42 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 147 78 69 2242 959 133 3201
Avg/Game   0.53 0.47 15.25 6.52 0.90 21.78
Legend
  • GP Games Played
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • T Tackles
  • D Disposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

860

Total AFL Games
147
Total AFL Goals
78
CFC Debut
Round 18, 1984
CFC Last Game
Round 24, 1991
Recruited From
Dandenong
Full Name
Darren Millane
Nickname
Pants

Awards

  • Leigh Matthews Trophy
    1990
  • All Australian
    1990
  • Life Members
    2003
  • Most Improved Player
    1986
  • Most Courageous Player
    1990
  • Best First Year Player (Harry Collier Trophy)
    1984
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2006
  • CFC Team of the Century
  • E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1987
  • Runner up Best and Fairest (R.T. Rush Trophy)
    1990
  • x2
    Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy)
    1986, 1988
  • Premiership
    1990
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