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Peter Lucas

Peter Lucas

1949-1959
3
Other Guernsey Nos.
2, 32

177 CFC Games Played

1 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
23 November 1929
Recruited From
Hampton Rovers
Collingwood Debut
Round 6, 1949
Height:
183cm
Weight:
81kg

Biography

Given that he spent more than 30 years in a variety of roles at Victoria Park, it’s almost inconceivable to think that Peter Lucas was very nearly a St Kilda player.

Peter’s father, George, played 48 games in five seasons with St Kilda in the 1920s, before later captain-coaching Prahran. It was no surprise then to find that Peter was a keen Saints supporter, especially given that he was born and raised in the bayside suburb of Hampton. Naturally excited to receive an invitation to train at St Kilda prior to the 1949 season, Lucas was disappointed to find that his appearance there was greeted with almost total indifference. “I told them my name and other details but nobody did anything about it,” Lucas said years later.

As fate would have it, Collingwood issued a similar invitation the next week. But the reception at Victoria Park was decidedly more professional and substantially warmer. Within hours Lucas knew his football future lay with the black and white stripes of the Magpies.

In some ways football was lucky to have Lucas at all. Had it not been for a family tragedy he may well have pursued a sporting career as a cyclist. In the mid-1940s Lucas had taken up cycling as a track rider with the Hampton Amateur Cycling Club, and proved to be highly successful. His brother also had reasonable success as a road racer. Then one day his brother was killed while riding his bicycle on the road, and Lucas’ distraught father immediately convinced Peter to give away the sport.

Peter refocused his sporting attention on football. He had first played at Hampton High School, mainly as a wingman. After his flirtation with cycling he played football with the Hampton Scouts (an under-19 side) and Hampton Rovers in the A-Grade amateurs, where his performances brought him to the attention of both Collingwood and St Kilda. After his preseason at Victoria Park in 1949, Lucas spent the early games in the seconds before getting his first game on the bench against Essendon. It was a position to which he became accustomed that year, starting five of his six senior games as a reserve. It was a similar tale in the first half of 1950, with Lucas getting only six games of the first 13 — three of those on the bench. But he was in the starting line-up for the last five games of the year, and for every contest in 1951.

From early in his days at Collingwood Lucas settled in to a half-back flank position. A lithe 183cm (6ft) and 79.5kg (12st 71b), he was the tallest of the famed Lucas-Tuck-Kingston half back line, and spent some time in the key position. But mostly it was on the flank, looking after slippery customers like Bob Davis of Geelong and Geoff Tunbridge of Melbourne.

To handle opponents like those two, a defender needed pace, and Peter Lucas lacked nothing in that department. In addition to his speed Lucas was blessed with a high degree of skill, a safe pair of hands and a wonderful sense of anticipation. He was not a “showy” type, and it was often only when it was realised that his opponent had done little that Lucas won notice. Some observers have likened him to an early model (and slightly faster) Shane Morwood. Almost all his former teammates described him as one of the most skilled running defenders of his day.

So good were his performances that he twice finished runner-up in the Copeland Trophy, losing each time by the narrowest of margins. He was also named vice captain to Bill Twomey in 1957. He was part of the fabled 1958 premiership team but retired at the end of the following year, at the same time as his two closest footballing friends Ron Kingston and Frank Tuck.

But his involvement with Collingwood was anything but finished. After a couple of years coaching at Cheltenham, he returned to the committee to pursue an interest in administration that had started with a stint as players’ representative. In 1966 he became assistant secretary, and a few years later general manager. Peter resigned in 1975 but returned in 1977 and stayed until 1981.

During his time as one of the game’s leading administrators Lucas won a reputation for doing things “by the book”. He also showed many of the qualities that had characterised his on-field performances. He was a gentle man with a wide, ready smile but also with the strong personality needed to successfully assume senior positions in administration. As general manager he proved just as level-headed, reliable and consistent as he had in his playing days.

Collingwood has a proud tradition of its greatest players going on to distinguish themselves in administrative roles after their playing days have finished, and Peter Lucas stands out as one of the most notable examples in this regard. In all, Peter Lucas devoted more than 30 years of his life to the Collingwood Football Club, both on and off the field. That record certainly stamps him as one of the Club’s finest, most loyal and most selfless servants.

Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1949-1959 177 1 15 67%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1949 6 0 32

1949 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 6 Essendon W 0 32 View match >
Round 9 Geelong W 0 32 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 32 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne L 0 32 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy W 0 32 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 0 32 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1950 11 0 3

1950 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 5 Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 0 3 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 0 3 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 0 3 View match >
Round 17 Richmond L 0 3 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1951 20 0 3

1951 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 0 3 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 0 3 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 3 View match >
Round 9 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs L 0 3 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 0 3 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 0 3 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 0 3 View match >
Round 17 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 0 3 View match >
Preliminary Final Essendon L 0 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1952 21 0 3

1952 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 3 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 0 3 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 3 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Round 8 Richmond W 0 3 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 0 3 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 3 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy L 0 3 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 0 3 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 0 3 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 0 3 View match >
Preliminary Final Fitzroy W 0 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1953 18 0 3

1953 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Round 4 Carlton W 0 3 View match >
Round 5 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 0 3 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 10 Essendon L 0 3 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 0 3 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 0 3 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 0 3 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Semi Final Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1954 14 0 3

1954 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy W 0 3 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 0 3 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Round 6 Geelong L 0 3 View match >
Round 7 Richmond L 0 3 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 0 3 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy L 0 3 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 16 Sydney L 0 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1955 21 1 0 0 3

1955 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs L 0 3 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne W 1 0 3 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 4 Hawthorn L 0 3 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 3 View match >
Round 6 Essendon W 0 3 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 0 3 View match >
Round 8 Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 3 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs L 0 3 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 3 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 0 3 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 0 3 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 0 0 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1956 16 0 1 0 3

1956 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 2 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Round 6 Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Round 7 Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Round 8 North Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 0 3 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 0 3 View match >
Round 12 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 0 3 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Preliminary Final Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne L 0 1 0 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1957 14 0 3

1957 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 0 3 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs L 0 3 View match >
Round 9 Richmond L 0 3 View match >
Round 10 Carlton W 0 3 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 12 Essendon L 0 3 View match >
Round 13 Melbourne D 0 3 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 0 3 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda L 0 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1958 18 0 0 0 3, 2

1958 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 0 3 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 0 3 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 0 3 View match >
Round 6 Richmond W 0 3 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy L 0 3 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Semi Final Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Preliminary Final North Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Grand Final Melbourne W 0 0 0 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1959 18 0 3

1959 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney L 0 3 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne L 0 3 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 0 3 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 0 3 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 0 3 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Round 7 Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy L 0 3 View match >
Round 9 Essendon W 0 3 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 0 3 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn W 0 3 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 0 3 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 0 3 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 0 3 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 0 3 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 0 3 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 0 3 View match >
Semi Final Essendon L 0 3 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 177 1 1
Avg/Game   0.01 0.01
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

522

Total AFL Games
177
Total AFL Goals
1
CFC Debut
Round 6, 1949
CFC Last Game
Semi Final, 1959
Recruited From
Hampton Rovers
Full Name
Peter Lucas

Awards

  • Life Members
    1958
  • x2
    Runner up Best and Fairest (R.T. Rush Trophy)
    1952, 1955
  • Premiership
    1958
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