One of Collingwood’s greatest servants he was almost a Melbourne player.
From Old Paradians and St Kevins, he was taken to the MCG by his father, but the club was not interested and he went to Collingwood. Ironically as a youngster he had often kicked a football in the street with Norm Smith, the man to whom he was so often opposed as a coach in later years.
He began with the Magpies as a centre half-forward and played there in the 1935 and 1936 flag sides. After the second flag he was utilised as a ruckman. A clever palmer of the ball who used his body well to achieve front position, Kyne also shepherded well and was mobile around the field.
War service took a chunk out of his career and his appearances were limited for the last three years of the conflict. Unlike many others he returned to be a dominant player winning Collingwood’s famed Copeland trophy three times in a row from 1946.
Kyne’s nine Big V appearances spanned a period from 1936 to 1948 and he captained the successful 1947 carnival side.
He had captained the club in 1942 and was again appointed from 1946 to 1949. He was seen as the logical successor to Jock McHale, but amazingly the club appointed Bervyn Woods instead and sparked a huge internal battle.
Eventually he was made coach in 1950 and held the post until 1963. During that time he guided the team to two flags.