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Neil Mann

Neil Mann

1945-1956
16
Other Guernsey Nos.
1, 14, 2, 3

179 CFC Games Played

155 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
26 August 1924
Date of Death
21 February 2013
Recruited From
St Kilda 3rds
Collingwood Debut
Round 1, 1945
Height:
188cm
Weight:
83kg

Biography

Famous for having the biggest pair of hands in the game, Mann was a great mark, and in one famous picture he held 24 eggs in one hand. He had a handspan of 28 cms.

As a teenager he didn’t consider he was good enough to play senior VFL football then was cajoled by a workmate to join him at St Kilda Thirds, but they let him slip away.

He had not been able to get a game for Collingwood Technical School, but within a couple of years was getting a game for the Magpies who he had followed as a kid.

In the early stages of his career he alternated between full-forward and centre half-forward, but really began to make his mark when switched to centre half-back. He had one of his best days as a forward when he kicked five goals in the 1946 preliminary final. He also headed Collingwood’s goalkicking in 1947 with 48 goals.

He did well enough as a centre half-back to be runner-up in the Magpies best and fairest award in 1948. It was only the retirements of Hocking and Kyne that opened the way for him to become a ruckman and he was a tireless performer in that role.

Through his career he had leg problems that included damaging his right knee four times and his left knee three times. He also suffered recurring thigh difficulties after copping an accidental knock that ruptured the muscle Wonky legs did not prevent him from having great seasons in 1953 when he ran third in the Brownlow, and 1954 when he ran second and also won the Copeland Trophy.

In 1953 he was one of the best in the flag win.

He took over as skipper late in 1955 when Richards resigned and captained the team in that year’s and the following season’s losing grand final sides. Bob Rose once described him as the safest mark you would ever see.

The 1956 Grand Final was his last game. Mann played for Victoria 10 times. He spent a 14 year apprenticeship as Collingwood’s reserves coach before taking on the senior coaching berth from 1972-74. He also coached Victoria in 1974.

He had a two year break then returned as a committeeman and served until 1982.

Mann was inducted into the Collingwood Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1945-1956 179 155 16 64%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1945 12 11 0 16

1945 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 1 0 16 View match >
Round 2 Sydney L 3 0 16 View match >
Round 3 Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 1 0 16 View match >
Round 5 Essendon L 0 16 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 3 0 16 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 16 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy L 1 0 16 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 0 16 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 1 0 16 View match >
Round 19 Fitzroy W 1 0 16 View match >
Semi Final Sydney L 0 16 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1946 8 14 0 14

1946 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 0 14 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 2 0 14 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne W 1 0 14 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda W 2 0 14 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 1 0 14 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 1 0 14 View match >
Round 19 Carlton L 2 0 14 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne L 5 0 14 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1947 16 48 0 14

1947 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 1 0 14 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 7 0 14 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 3 0 14 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 5 0 14 View match >
Round 7 Richmond L 6 0 14 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 2 0 14 View match >
Round 9 Carlton W 5 0 14 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 2 0 14 View match >
Round 11 North Melbourne W 3 0 14 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy L 1 0 14 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 1 0 14 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 3 0 14 View match >
Round 15 Sydney D 3 0 14 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne L 1 0 14 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 3 0 14 View match >
Round 18 Richmond L 2 0 14 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1948 21 7 0 16

1948 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 3 0 16 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 0 16 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 1 0 16 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 1 0 16 View match >
Round 6 Richmond L 2 0 16 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 16 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Round 9 Hawthorn W 0 16 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy W 0 16 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 0 16 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 0 16 View match >
Round 14 Essendon L 0 16 View match >
Round 15 Geelong L 0 16 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 0 16 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 0 16 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 0 16 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne L 0 16 View match >
Semi Final Western Bulldogs W 0 16 View match >
Preliminary Final Melbourne L 0 16 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1949 16 8 0 16

1949 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy L 0 16 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 1 0 16 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 1 0 16 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 1 0 16 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 0 16 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 2 0 16 View match >
Round 9 Geelong W 3 0 16 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 0 16 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne L 0 16 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne L 0 16 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy W 0 16 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 0 16 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 16 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda L 0 16 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1950 16 1 0 16

1950 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 16 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 1 0 16 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn W 0 16 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 0 16 View match >
Round 6 Richmond L 0 16 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 0 16 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 0 16 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 16 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 0 16 View match >
Round 11 Essendon L 0 16 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 0 16 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 0 16 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 0 16 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 0 16 View match >
Round 17 Richmond L 0 16 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 16 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1951 11 0 16

1951 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 0 16 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 0 16 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 0 16 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 0 16 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 16 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs L 0 16 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 0 16 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Preliminary Final Essendon L 0 16 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1952 16 11 0 16

1952 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 1 0 16 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 3 0 16 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 0 16 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda W 1 0 16 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 2 0 16 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 0 16 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 0 16 View match >
Round 8 Richmond W 0 16 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 16 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 2 0 16 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 1 0 16 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 16 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne W 0 16 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 0 16 View match >
Preliminary Final Fitzroy W 1 0 16 View match >
Grand Final Geelong L 0 16 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1953 17 8 1 0 2

1953 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 0 2 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne L 1 0 2 View match >
Round 3 Geelong L 1 0 2 View match >
Round 4 Carlton W 0 2 View match >
Round 5 Hawthorn W 0 2 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 1 0 2 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 0 2 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 0 2 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 0 2 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 0 2 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 1 0 2 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 0 2 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn W 0 2 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 1 0 2 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 2 View match >
Semi Final Geelong W 3 0 2 View match >
Grand Final Geelong W 0 1 0 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1954 15 14 0 2

1954 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 2 0 2 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 2 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 2 0 2 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 2 0 2 View match >
Round 6 Geelong L 2 0 2 View match >
Round 7 Richmond L 0 2 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 2 0 2 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 2 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 4 0 2 View match >
Round 11 Western Bulldogs W 0 2 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 0 2 View match >
Round 15 Essendon L 0 2 View match >
Round 16 Sydney L 0 2 View match >
Round 17 Geelong L 0 2 View match >
Round 18 Richmond L 0 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1955 15 15 1 0 2

1955 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs L 0 2 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn L 0 2 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 4 0 2 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 0 2 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 2 0 2 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 2 0 2 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 1 0 2 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 0 2 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 2 0 2 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 2 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 1 0 2 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 0 2 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 1 0 2 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 2 0 2 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 1 0 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1956 16 18 0 0 1

1956 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 0 1 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 0 1 View match >
Round 3 Richmond L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 4 Western Bulldogs W 0 1 View match >
Round 5 Carlton L 1 0 1 View match >
Round 6 Geelong W 3 0 1 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 0 1 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 3 0 1 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 2 0 1 View match >
Round 13 Sydney W 1 0 1 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 0 1 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 2 0 1 View match >
Preliminary Final Western Bulldogs W 2 0 1 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 0 0 1 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 179 155 2
Avg/Game   0.87 0.01
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

486

Total AFL Games
179
Total AFL Goals
155
CFC Debut
Round 1, 1945
CFC Last Game
Grand Final, 1956
Recruited From
St Kilda 3rds
Full Name
Neil Mann

Awards

  • Life Members
    1954
  • x2
    Best Finals Player (Bob Rose Award)
    1953, 1955
  • Leading Goalkicker (Gordon Coventry Trophy)
    1947
  • CFC Hall of Fame
    2004
  • E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1954
  • x2
    Runner up Best and Fairest (R.T. Rush Trophy)
    1948, 1953
  • Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy)
    1955
  • x2
    Team Captain
    1955, 1956
  • Premiership
    1953
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