The son of Charles E and brother of Charles H. Collingwood’s decision to delay his entry to the game almost backfired when he applied for a clearance to Carlton. Fortunately for Collingwood he stayed and established a reputation as one of the trickiest and most deadly rover/forwards in football.
Small and light, he could kick goals from anywhere and could dodge and baulk brilliantly. Alf Brown once described him as fast, clever, durable, tough, nasty and selfish and Dick Reynolds rated him behind only Bunton as the best rover he played against.
He played in the 1935 and 1936 flag sides and in the second year was the Magpies’ best afield. A cheeky player on the field, his constant chatter often baited opponents.
Pannam won the Collingwood best and fairest in 1942 after having represented the state in the previous year.
He was captain in 1945 and made the state side again, but injuries affected the latter part of the year and Collingwood cleared him to Richmond as coach of the reserves.
He played a couple of senior games for the Tigers and later coached the senior team from 1953 to 1955, following in the footsteps of his father.
In 2014, almost 21 years to the day of his passing, Pannam was inducted into Collingwood’s Hall of Fame.