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Harry Collier

Harry Collier

1926-1940
1
Other Guernsey Nos.
31, 5, 6, 7, 8

253CFC Games Played

299CFC Goals

Date of Birth
1 October 1907
Date of Death
16 August 1994
Recruited From
Ivanhoe
Collingwood Debut
Round 3, 1926
Height:
173cm
Weight:
72kg

Biography

When the League decided to award retrospective Brownlow Medals to players who originally had missed out on the countback system, Harry Collier carved yet another place for himself in football history.

His 1930 retrospective Brownlow (he and Footscray’s Allan Hopkins had lost to Richmond’s Stan Judkins on countback) made it a belated double for the Collier brothers as bigger, but younger, brother Albert had won the 1929 Brownlow Medal. The Colliers are the only brothers to have won Brownlows. Harry perhaps should have won the 1930 Medal in his own right as one vote was simply for “Collier” without saying which one. The umpire later said it was “the little one” which was Harry.

Harry Collier, a brilliant rover with great goal sense and uncanny ball skills, also had played with Ivanhoe and won the best and fairest there in 1924. Incredibly courageous, Collier teamed superbly with brother Albert and was enormously popular with Magpie fans.

In fact, 2500 Collingwood supporters signed a petition when the champion rover was suspended for 14 matches following a highly-controversial incident in 1938. Collier was accused by the Carlton Football Club of striking Blues player Jack Carney and even though no umpire had made a report, Collier admitted the offence and apologised.

He played just one game in 1940 to complete 15 years with the Magpies and coached Essendon Reserves to the 1941 flag before rejoining Collingwood as a committeeman and talent scout.

He also became a popular commentator in television’s early years in Melbourne from 1956. Collier’s career was one of the greatest of any at Victoria Park as he won two best and fairests (1928 and 1930) and was captain from 1935-9.

He played in six Collingwood premiership sides – 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935 and 1936.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1926-1940 253 299 27 76%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1926 18 32 8

1926 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 3 Hawthorn W 3 8 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 1 8 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 8 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 8 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 3 8 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 3 8 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 8 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 3 8 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 3 8 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 2 8 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 3 8 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 1 8 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 2 8 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 1 8 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 1 8 View match >
Round 18 Carlton W 8 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 3 8 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 3 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.
1927 20 36 0 5

1927 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 4 5 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 2 5 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 1 5 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 3 5 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 0 0 5 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 2 5 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 3 5 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 2 5 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 3 5 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 1 5 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 1 5 View match >
Round 12 Geelong W 1 5 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 5 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 1 5 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 2 5 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 2 5 View match >
Round 17 Essendon W 1 5 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 3 5 View match >
Semi Final Geelong W 4 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.
1928 21 26 5

1928 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 1 5 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 5 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 5 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 1 5 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 2 5 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 1 5 View match >
Round 7 Carlton W 1 5 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 1 5 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 3 5 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs W 2 5 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 1 5 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 5 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 5 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 5 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 1 5 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 5 5 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 2 5 View match >
Round 18 Carlton L 2 5 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne D 1 5 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne W 2 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.
1929 20 27 0 6

1929 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 3 6 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 6 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 3 0 6 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 2 6 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 1 6 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 6 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 1 6 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 6 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 3 6 View match >
Round 10 Carlton W 2 6 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 2 6 View match >
Round 12 Richmond W 1 6 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 2 0 6 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 6 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 2 6 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 6 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 3 6 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 1 6 View match >
Semi Final Richmond L 6 View match >
Grand Final Richmond W 1 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.
1930 21 39 0 7

1930 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 7 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 1 7 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 1 7 View match >
Round 4 Geelong L 1 7 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy L 7 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 1 7 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 2 7 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 3 7 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 3 7 View match >
Round 10 Carlton L 1 7 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 3 7 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 1 0 7 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 7 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 5 7 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 3 7 View match >
Round 16 Western Bulldogs W 4 7 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 3 7 View match >
Round 18 Essendon W 3 7 View match >
Semi Final Richmond W 3 7 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong L 7 View match >
Grand Final Geelong 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.
1931 17 9 0 7

1931 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 3 Sydney W 1 7 View match >
Round 4 Richmond L 7 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 7 View match >
Round 6 St Kilda W 1 7 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 7 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 1 7 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 1 7 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 7 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 1 7 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 7 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 7 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 1 7 View match >
Round 15 Richmond L 7 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 0 7 View match >
Round 17 St Kilda L 2 0 7 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 1 7 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 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.
1932 18 29 0 5

1932 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 1 5 View match >
Round 2 Geelong L 5 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 4 0 5 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy W 2 5 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 1 5 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 2 5 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 1 5 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 1 5 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 0 0 5 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 1 5 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 2 5 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 2 5 View match >
Round 13 Geelong L 1 5 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 2 5 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 2 5 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 2 5 View match >
Semi Final Sydney W 3 5 View match >
Preliminary Final Carlton L 2 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.
1933 18 10 0 8

1933 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong W 2 0 8 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy L 8 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 8 View match >
Round 4 Richmond L 2 8 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 1 0 8 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne L 8 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 1 0 8 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 1 8 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs L 1 8 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 1 0 8 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 0 0 8 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 1 8 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 8 View match >
Round 14 Sydney L 8 View match >
Round 15 Richmond W 8 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 0 8 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 0 0 8 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne 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.
1934 15 25 0 6

1934 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 0 0 6 View match >
Round 2 Essendon W 2 6 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 6 6 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 3 6 View match >
Round 5 Geelong D 4 6 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 2 6 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 1 6 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 6 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 2 6 View match >
Round 10 Carlton W 1 6 View match >
Round 12 Sydney L 0 0 6 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 2 0 6 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn W 0 0 6 View match >
Round 15 Richmond L 1 6 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 1 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.
1935 20 19 0 8

1935 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 1 8 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy D 8 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 1 0 8 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 8 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 2 8 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 0 0 8 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 3 8 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 3 8 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 8 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 1 8 View match >
Round 12 Sydney L 8 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 8 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 1 8 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 8 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne D 2 8 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 8 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 1 8 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 2 8 View match >
Preliminary Final Richmond W 1 8 View match >
Grand Final Sydney W 1 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.
1936 20 24 1

1936 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 1 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 3 1 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 3 1 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 3 1 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 1 1 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 1 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne W 1 1 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs W 1 1 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 2 1 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 2 1 View match >
Round 11 Geelong L 1 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 1 1 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 2 1 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy W 1 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 1 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 1 1 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 3 1 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne W 1 1 View match >
Semi Final Sydney W 1 View match >
Grand Final Sydney W 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.
1937 18 7 0 1

1937 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 W 1 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 1 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 2 1 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne L 1 1 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 1 1 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 1 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 1 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 1 1 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 1 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne W 1 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 1 1 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 1 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 1 1 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 1 View match >
Semi Final Richmond W 1 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne W 1 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 0 0 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.
1938 7 2 1

1938 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 1 1 View match >
Round 2 Essendon W 1 1 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 1 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 1 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 1 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 1 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne 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.
1939 19 12 1

1939 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 W 1 1 View match >
Round 3 Western Bulldogs W 1 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 1 View match >
Round 5 Fitzroy W 3 1 View match >
Round 6 Hawthorn W 2 1 View match >
Round 7 Richmond W 1 1 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 1 1 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 1 1 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 1 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 1 1 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 1 1 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 1 1 View match >
Round 14 Western Bulldogs W 1 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 1 View match >
Round 18 Richmond W 1 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 1 View match >
Preliminary Final St Kilda W 1 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne 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.
1940 1 2 31

1940 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 6 Essendon W 2 31 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 253 299 0
Avg/Game   1.18 0.00
Legend
  • GP Games Played
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • T Tackles
  • D Disposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

304

Total AFL Games
253
Total AFL Goals
299
CFC Debut
Round 3, 1926
CFC Last Game
Round 6, 1940
Recruited From
Ivanhoe
Full Name
Harry Collier
Nickname
Cap

Awards

  • AFL Hall of Fame
    1996
  • Champion of the Colony
    1936
  • Brownlow Medallists
    1930
  • Life Members
    1937
  • Austral Cup
    1932
  • x3
    Most Consistent Player
    1927, 1928, 1930
  • Best Finals Player (Bob Rose Award)
    1926
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2004
  • CFC Team of the Century
  • x2
    E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1928, 1930
  • x5
    Team Captain
    1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939
  • x6
    Premiership
    1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936
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