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Peter McKenna

Peter McKenna

1965-1975
6
Other Guernsey Nos.
15

180CFC Games Played

838CFC Goals

Date of Birth
27 August 1946
Recruited From
West Heidelberg YCW
Collingwood Debut
Round 1, 1965
Height:
191cm
Weight:
87kg

Biography

At his peak McKenna was the most popular footballer in Australia with a following to rival that of a pop star.

As a naturally shy person McKenna found the attention hard to handle.

He once kicked 16 goals in a match against South Melbourne and first captured the Collingwood fans imagination in the opening round of 1966 when he booted 12 goals in a sensational effort. Yet within weeks he was dropped to the reserves and played the rest of the season there after refusing to accept a Collingwood directive not to play in mid-week Teachers College games.

Recruited from West Heidelberg YCW, McKenna knew how to perfectly time his leads and usually topped it off with a deadly drop-punt.

Like any great full-forward he could make the most out of limited opportunities.

Collingwood cut short his TV career because he was working late on Friday nights on Channel 9. A kids show on Saturday mornings with Daryl Somers was also ruled out and he was replaced by Ossie Ostrich. The show, Hey Hey Its Saturday!, would run for another two decades.

On the field McKenna went from strength to strength. He topped the League goalkicking with 130 in 1972 and with 84 the following year and topped the ton three times.

He headed Collingwoods goalkicking eight times and his best was 143 in 1970, three behind Peter Hudson.

In 1970 he also won Collingwoods best and fairest, but that was small consolation for what happened in the Grand Final. He kicked five goals to half-time then was stunned when he crashed into his skipper Des Tuddenham. Although he kicked one more goal he was badly concussed and coach Bob Rose later told him that he should have heeded medical advice and taken McKenna from the field at half-time.

His most disappointing setback came in 1973 when he was left out of the Preliminary Final side after having played in the Semi with influenza against star full-back Geoff Southby and kicking just two goals.

In 1975 his form dipped and he was dropped to the reserves.

In his first game there he crashed badly and was rushed to hospittal for removal of part of a kidney. He missed the rest of that year then went to Tasmania for a season.

He rekindled his enthusiasm for League football and returned to do the pre-season with Collingwood, but the Magpies made a pay offer of just $300 per game and he reluctantly signed with Carlton.

He played for just one year at Carlton and quit because he did not like playing against his old club. In retrospect he described that as a ridiculous decision.

McKenna later played VFA with Port Melbourne and Geelong West before becoming a TV commentator with Channel 7 for many years.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1965-1975 180 838 11 65%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1965 12 21 12 110 15 125 6, 15

1965 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 St Kilda L 2 10 1 11 6 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 3 15 2 17 6 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 5 2 23 2 25 6 View match >
Round 4 Geelong L 1 5 2 7 6 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 1 1 12 1 13 6 View match >
Round 9 Essendon W 2 3 9 1 10 6 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 1 7 3 10 6 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 2 2 7 2 9 6 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 1 2 9 9 6 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 1 1 6 View match >
Semi Final St Kilda L 2 3 1 4 15 View match >
Preliminary Final Essendon L 3 9 9 15 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.
1966 6 20 10 57 19 76 6

1966 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 12 2 15 2 17 6 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 1 5 4 9 6 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 1 3 12 1 13 6 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 3 2 14 7 21 6 View match >
Round 5 North Melbourne W 3 3 11 5 16 6 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne 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.
1967 16 47 33 186 21 207 6

1967 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L 2 2 15 1 16 6 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne W 7 1 16 3 19 6 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 4 2 16 2 18 6 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 2 3 8 2 10 6 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 1 1 12 5 17 6 View match >
Round 6 Carlton L 3 2 12 1 13 6 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 3 7 15 3 18 6 View match >
Round 8 Richmond W 3 2 12 1 13 6 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 2 1 7 1 8 6 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 1 2 9 9 6 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 3 11 11 6 View match >
Round 14 Essendon L 3 1 12 12 6 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs L 4 1 14 14 6 View match >
Round 16 Sydney W 8 2 13 1 14 6 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 4 3 10 10 6 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 4 1 5 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.
1968 15 64 34 145 14 159 6

1968 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond L 1 2 7 1 8 6 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 1 1 7 1 8 6 View match >
Round 7 Carlton L 2 3 14 2 16 6 View match >
Round 9 Sydney L 6 3 11 11 6 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs W 1 2 7 1 8 6 View match >
Round 11 North Melbourne W 6 3 13 13 6 View match >
Round 12 Richmond W 6 2 10 1 11 6 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 7 8 2 10 6 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 3 1 7 7 6 View match >
Round 15 Geelong L 1 2 5 5 6 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn L 6 7 15 3 18 6 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 6 6 6 6 View match >
Round 18 Carlton L 3 4 11 2 13 6 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne W 4 2 9 1 10 6 View match >
Round 20 Sydney W 11 2 15 15 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.
1969 19 98 55 241 24 265 6

1969 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn L 4 4 14 1 15 6 View match >
Round 2 Richmond L 3 1 10 1 11 6 View match >
Round 3 Melbourne W 6 3 16 16 6 View match >
Round 4 Carlton W 3 4 11 5 16 6 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda L 5 2 17 17 6 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 7 2 13 13 6 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 6 2 9 1 10 6 View match >
Round 10 Geelong W 4 1 7 7 6 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 1 10 17 17 6 View match >
Round 13 Richmond L 6 1 8 5 13 6 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 7 4 13 1 14 6 View match >
Round 15 Carlton L 1 2 8 2 10 6 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 5 2 13 2 15 6 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 5 12 12 6 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 5 4 14 1 15 6 View match >
Round 19 Sydney W 16 4 22 1 23 6 View match >
Round 20 North Melbourne W 4 6 16 1 17 6 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 4 2 9 9 6 View match >
Preliminary Final Richmond L 6 1 12 3 15 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.
1970 22 143 80 294 32 326 6

1970 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 11 4 15 1 16 6 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 7 5 15 2 17 6 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 6 5 15 1 16 6 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 7 4 13 3 16 6 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 1 2 6 6 6 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 8 3 16 2 18 6 View match >
Round 9 Essendon L 5 2 11 1 12 6 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 5 5 15 2 17 6 View match >
Round 11 Sydney L 7 2 11 1 12 6 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs W 6 6 16 2 18 6 View match >
Round 13 Richmond L 4 1 10 3 13 6 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn L 5 14 3 17 6 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 4 2 11 1 12 6 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne W 3 4 11 2 13 6 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 3 6 12 2 14 6 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 9 1 11 11 6 View match >
Round 19 Carlton W 9 6 17 2 19 6 View match >
Round 20 Essendon W 12 5 22 1 23 6 View match >
Round 21 St Kilda W 7 5 13 1 14 6 View match >
Round 22 Sydney W 9 3 16 1 17 6 View match >
Semi Final Carlton W 9 5 14 14 6 View match >
Grand Final Carlton L 6 4 10 1 11 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.
1971 22 134 62 282 32 314 6

1971 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 4 5 5 6 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 9 2 13 1 14 6 View match >
Round 3 Essendon D 3 2 8 8 6 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy W 10 7 16 3 19 6 View match >
Round 5 North Melbourne W 4 4 12 1 13 6 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 10 2 16 4 20 6 View match >
Round 7 Geelong W 6 5 13 1 14 6 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda L 7 6 14 2 16 6 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 6 12 3 15 6 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn L 5 2 14 1 15 6 View match >
Round 11 Carlton W 8 19 2 21 6 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs L 1 10 1 11 6 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 10 18 18 6 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 12 5 19 2 21 6 View match >
Round 15 Fitzroy W 6 3 12 12 6 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 2 8 8 6 View match >
Round 18 Geelong L 8 4 15 15 6 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda L 1 3 4 3 7 6 View match >
Round 20 Sydney W 8 8 18 1 19 6 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn L 6 4 14 2 16 6 View match >
Round 22 Carlton L 4 4 12 1 13 6 View match >
Semi Final Richmond L 4 1 10 4 14 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.
1972 20 130 53 225 23 248 6

1972 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond L 6 4 11 1 12 6 View match >
Round 2 Carlton D 4 5 11 11 6 View match >
Round 3 Melbourne W 8 4 12 3 15 6 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 1 3 8 8 6 View match >
Round 5 North Melbourne W 11 13 2 15 6 View match >
Round 6 Hawthorn L 7 3 12 1 13 6 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 1 3 1 4 6 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs L 1 4 10 1 11 6 View match >
Round 9 Geelong W 12 2 15 3 18 6 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 5 5 13 1 14 6 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 13 2 17 1 18 6 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 7 3 13 1 14 6 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 3 7 1 8 6 View match >
Round 16 North Melbourne W 7 1 11 11 6 View match >
Round 17 Hawthorn W 1 2 3 1 4 6 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 6 2 10 10 6 View match >
Round 19 Western Bulldogs W 9 4 17 2 19 6 View match >
Round 20 Geelong L 9 2 12 1 13 6 View match >
Round 21 Sydney W 11 3 14 1 15 6 View match >
Round 22 Essendon L 8 4 13 2 15 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.
1973 20 86 42 179 17 196 6

1973 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 8 6 14 14 6 View match >
Round 2 Western Bulldogs W 4 3 9 9 6 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 3 7 7 6 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 3 3 10 2 12 6 View match >
Round 7 Carlton L 1 8 1 9 6 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 5 3 10 10 6 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 7 3 13 3 16 6 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 4 3 7 1 8 6 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 8 3 16 16 6 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 6 3 13 13 6 View match >
Round 13 Western Bulldogs W 4 2 9 2 11 6 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 6 1 9 2 11 6 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 4 2 9 9 6 View match >
Round 16 North Melbourne L 4 2 9 9 6 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 5 4 10 10 6 View match >
Round 18 Carlton W 4 5 5 6 View match >
Round 20 Richmond L 2 4 1 5 6 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn W 4 3 9 2 11 6 View match >
Round 22 Essendon W 2 1 4 4 6 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 2 4 3 7 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.
1974 18 69 34 138 14 152 6

1974 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon W 2 5 8 8 6 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 3 7 1 8 6 View match >
Round 3 Western Bulldogs W 6 3 12 12 6 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy L 6 View match >
Round 8 Geelong L 3 2 7 2 9 6 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 6 3 13 13 6 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 3 9 9 6 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 3 2 9 1 10 6 View match >
Round 12 Essendon W 7 2 9 1 10 6 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 6 4 10 10 6 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy W 6 1 7 3 10 6 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 2 3 7 7 6 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 1 1 1 2 6 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda L 1 1 1 2 6 View match >
Round 21 North Melbourne L 3 1 8 8 6 View match >
Round 22 Sydney L 7 6 14 14 6 View match >
Elimination Final Western Bulldogs W 7 1 11 2 13 6 View match >
Semi Final Hawthorn L 3 1 5 2 7 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.
1975 10 26 14 59 11 70 6

1975 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 3 1 4 2 6 6 View match >
Round 2 Carlton L 1 2 5 1 6 6 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 4 3 7 1 8 6 View match >
Round 5 Western Bulldogs L 2 3 7 1 8 6 View match >
Round 6 Richmond L 5 2 8 8 6 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 2 5 1 6 6 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 4 1 6 2 8 6 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 4 6 1 7 6 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn L 3 11 2 13 6 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne L 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.
Totals 180 838 429 1916 222 2138
Avg/Game   4.66 2.38 10.64 1.23 11.88
Legend
  • GP Games Played
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • T Tackles
  • D Disposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

666

Total AFL Games
191
Total AFL Goals
874
CFC Debut
Round 1, 1965
CFC Last Game
Round 11, 1975
Recruited From
West Heidelberg YCW
Full Name
Peter McKenna

Awards

  • AFL Hall of Fame
    1999
  • x2
    VFL/AFL Leading Goalkicker
    1972, 1973
  • All Australian
    1972
  • Life Members
    1974
  • Most Consistent Player
    1970
  • x2
    Best Finals Player (Bob Rose Award)
    1969, 1970
  • x8
    Leading Goalkicker (Gordon Coventry Trophy)
    1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2004
  • E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1970
  • Runner up Best and Fairest (R.T. Rush Trophy)
    1972
  • x2
    Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy)
    1968, 1971
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