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Brian Beers

Brian Beers

1958-1961
20
Other Guernsey Nos.
7

60 CFC Games Played

72 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
31 January 1939
Recruited From
CBC, East Melbourne
Collingwood Debut
Round 4, 1958
Height:
178cm
Weight:
73kg

Biography

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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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1958-1961 60 72 6 56%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1958 10 12 0 0 20, 7

1958 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 4 Essendon L 1 0 20 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 3 0 20 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 3 0 20 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne L 0 20 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 1 0 20 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 2 0 20 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy L 0 20 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne L 0 20 View match >
Preliminary Final North Melbourne W 0 20 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne W 2 0 0 7 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1959 19 28 0 20

1959 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 1 0 20 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne L 1 0 20 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 1 0 20 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 3 0 20 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 1 0 20 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 20 View match >
Round 7 Geelong W 3 0 20 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy L 0 20 View match >
Round 9 Essendon W 0 20 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 1 0 20 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 0 20 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 0 20 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W 3 0 20 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 1 0 20 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 3 0 20 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 3 0 20 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 20 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 2 0 20 View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 1 0 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1960 20 25 1 0 20

1960 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 1 0 20 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 20 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 0 20 View match >
Round 4 Melbourne W 1 0 20 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda L 1 0 20 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne L 3 0 20 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 1 0 20 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs W 2 0 20 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 4 0 20 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 2 0 20 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy L 4 0 20 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn L 0 20 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 1 0 20 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne L 0 20 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 1 0 20 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 1 0 20 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne W 1 0 20 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 1 0 20 View match >
Preliminary Final Fitzroy W 1 0 20 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 1 0 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1961 11 7 0 20

1961 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L 0 20 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs L 0 20 View match >
Round 6 Carlton L 0 20 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 3 0 20 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 2 0 20 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn L 0 20 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 20 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 1 0 20 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne L 0 20 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs L 1 0 20 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 0 20 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 60 72 1
Avg/Game   1.20 0.02
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

606

Total AFL Games
79
Total AFL Goals
86
CFC Debut
Round 4, 1958
CFC Last Game
Round 16, 1961
Recruited From
CBC, East Melbourne
Full Name
Brian Beers

Awards

  • Life Members
    2008
  • Premiership
    1958
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