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.