A brilliant footballer who followed in the footsteps of a legendary father. Occasionally he was criticised for trying to do too much on the field and critics said he should try and get rid of the ball instead of trying the funny business.
He had great dash and his short nippy runs were a feature of his play. An unerring pass, he played in the centre in the 1919 flag side and had been on the wing in the losing Grand Final side a year earlier. Before that he was part of the 1917 flag win.
He represented Victoria in 1921 and 1922. Collingwood was furious when he accepted a lucrative coaching job at South Melbourne at the end of 1922 at the age of 25 and refused to clear him as a player. He had to stand out of football for three years.
He coached South from 1923 to 1928 and was captain-coach for the last two years of that stint.