60 CFC Games Played
72 CFC Goals
A schoolboy champion with CBC Parade, Beers was a talented half-forward who played in Collingwood’s 1958 premiership side.
He was still a school boy when signed by Collingwood, receiving his first invitation from St Thomas’ Clifton Hill where he played in the same team as future Carlton hero Serge Silvagni.
“We were given little to no hope,” Beers said of the 1958 flag, “because I think at least half the team had played less than 50 games and we had all come from junior football.
“People like Grey, myself, Kevin Rose, Ron Reeves and Ken Bennett were basically just novices and Rosey, I think, had played his first game in the finals so when you consider the might of the opposition and the juggernaut they were in those days with talent like Barrassi, Dixon and Mithen, they were just a mighty team so to beat that team was unexpected to say the least.”
Brian’s great uncle, Robert Bird, played for Collingwood in 1898, and his grandfather was on the Collingwood Council when it signed a lease for Victoria Park, and the foundation stone in the Jack Ryder Stand carries his name.
Beers’ uncles played for the Machine team of the late 1920s. Though they didn’t play in any of the four flags, his uncle Toms and Leo played a significant part throughout the era.
Tom Beers went on to be the curator of Victoria Park for nearly 45 years, while Brian’s cousin Kevin Wylie played in the early 1950s.
Years later, Brian’s sons, Tony and Mark, pulled on the Black and White in the late 1980s and he continued to serve with the Past Players Association.
Beers was also was a champion tennis player during his sporting prime.
“It certainly kept my fitness at a high level,” he said in 2012, “because in those times we’d train under Harry Hopman and we’d knock off training with the boys and then get into the squads with Harry.
“When I came back from training for the pre-season, I was more than fit and it helped me anticipation and movement and footy helped my strength as far as tennis was concerned.”
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