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Tom Drummond

Tom Drummond

1916-1922
8
Other Guernsey Nos.
10, 5, 6, 7

94 CFC Games Played

6 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
6 August 1897
Date of Death
26 May 1970
Recruited From
Collingwood District
Collingwood Debut
Round 5, 1916
Height:
170cm
Weight:
68kg

Biography

For a handful of magical seasons at the end of, and just after, the First World War, Collingwood was blessed with a centreline to rank with the finest the club has ever produced – Tom Drummond and Bill Twomey Snr on the wings, with Charlie Pannam Jnr in the middle.

All three were brilliant, highly skilled players capable of producing a game-changing burst of wizardry. Twomey and Pannam were the quickest and the most well remembered, at least partly because of their famous family names. But Tom Drummond was nearly in the same class as a player – and he was the only one of the three who actually got to captain the club.

Thomas ‘Chick’ Drummond came to Collingwood for his senior debut in 1916, having previously played with the Collingwood Districts side where he’d been part of a flag side in 1915. Although small and relatively lightly built, Drummond was unfazed by his elevation to senior ranks and seemed immediately at home.

After making his debut in Round 5 against Carlton, the Football Record noted that he had “created a favourable impression”. “[Though] on the small side he showed no sign of fear when it came to a trial of strength with heavier men,” it said.

Drummond missed only one game for the rest of the year and continued to draw positive reviews. “Drummond added to his reputation as a cool, clever player,” wrote the Winner. “He marks well for his height, handles the ball cleverly, and always turns his opportunities to the best advantage. He is a young player who improves with every game. He has a sure pair of hands, and rarely fails to hold the ball if he can touch it.”

The parts of his game that drew so much early praise continued to be his trademarks throughout his career. He was a wonderful, sure ball-handler, especially in wet conditions, and very good at evading players. He was a clever footballer who had footy ‘smarts’ within a game. And his marking for a small man was remarkable: he could leap over packs with ease, and had a happy knack of timing his leaps to perfection so that he hit the ball at exactly the right moment. Gordon Coventry once said he “could mark over a pack like Dick Lee” – and there’s no higher praise than that. And once he had his hands on the ball, very few seemed to slip through his grasp. He was also a hard-working player, slightly more consistent and less mercurial than his flashier colleagues in Twomey and Pannam.

Coventry also noted that, despite not being quick, Drummond was incredibly hard to catch. “He was elusive – when grabbed he could twist out of an opponent’s hands like a shot and get away. Never did he miss his kick, and all of them went in the right direction.”

In 1918 the Sporting Judge said Collingwood had few better players than their “natty” winger. “Not as spectacular in his methods as colleague Pannam, he is, on the whole, more consistently effective, and less prone to spoil good work by attempting too much,” it said. “It is the winding up kick that tells, and Drummond rarely fails to put the boot in good and hard.”

Drummond became an integral part of the Magpie teams, playing on the wing in both the 1917 and 1919 Premiership triumphs. In 1921 he enjoyed a particularly fine season, one for which he would later share with his fellow centreline player Pannam the club’s retrospective Collingwood Best Player gong, awarded in 2017.

That year’s output seems to have played a significant role in the club’s decision to award him the captaincy for 1922, taking over from Dick Lee. Despite his quality, consistency and experience, the appointment came as a surprise to some. He was still regarded as one of the best wingmen in the game, and had twice represented Victoria in the years leading up to his appointment, but somehow he hadn’t really emerged as an obvious leadership candidate before then.

Nevertheless he enjoyed a good season in 1922 (despite suffering a bout of pleurisy late in the year), before shocking the club by leaving to take up a coaching job with Williamstown in the VFA. But when the VFL delayed his clearance, the Seagulls grew impatient and instead gave the job to former Magpie Charlie Laxton, leaving Drummond to head to first Benalla, then Murtoa and Albury – prematurely ending his Collingwood career (ironically, both Twomey and Pannam had also left the club for big money coaching opportunities). He returned in 1926 and played some practice matches with the Magpies but ended up at South Melbourne, where he played five matches alongside, and under the coaching of, his old centreline comrade Charlie Pannam.

In the end, those five games with South took his VFL career total to 99 – just short of what would have been a deserved milestone. The 94 games he’d played at Collingwood were high quality, consistent and full of merit. But fans of the era were left lamenting what might have been if the ‘three amigos’ of Drummond, Pannam and Twomey had stayed longer together at Victoria Park.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1916-1922 94 6 14 60%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1916 8 0 8

1916 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 5 Carlton W 0 8 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 0 8 View match >
Round 7 Richmond L 0 8 View match >
Round 8 Carlton L 0 8 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 0 8 View match >
Round 10 Richmond L 0 8 View match >
Round 12 Fitzroy W 0 8 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 0 8 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1917 14 0 8

1917 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond W 0 8 View match >
Round 2 Carlton L 0 8 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 0 8 View match >
Round 4 Sydney W 0 8 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 0 8 View match >
Round 9 Sydney L 0 8 View match >
Round 10 Geelong W 0 8 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 0 8 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 0 8 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 0 8 View match >
Round 15 Geelong L 0 8 View match >
Semi Final Sydney W 0 8 View match >
Preliminary Final Fitzroy L 0 8 View match >
Grand Final Fitzroy W 0 8 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1918 13 0 7

1918 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton W 0 7 View match >
Round 2 Geelong W 0 7 View match >
Round 3 Sydney L 0 7 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 0 7 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 0 7 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy W 0 7 View match >
Round 7 Essendon W 0 7 View match >
Round 8 Carlton L 0 7 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 0 7 View match >
Round 11 Richmond W 0 7 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda L 0 7 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 0 7 View match >
Semi Final St Kilda W 0 7 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1919 16 0 5

1919 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 0 5 View match >
Round 2 St Kilda L 0 5 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 0 5 View match >
Round 7 Carlton L 0 5 View match >
Round 8 Essendon W 0 5 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy L 0 5 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 0 5 View match >
Round 12 Geelong W 0 5 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 0 5 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 0 5 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 0 5 View match >
Round 17 Essendon W 0 5 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 0 5 View match >
Semi Final Carlton W 0 5 View match >
Preliminary Final Richmond L 0 5 View match >
Grand Final Richmond W 0 5 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1920 14 3 0 6

1920 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 0 6 View match >
Round 2 Geelong W 0 6 View match >
Round 3 Melbourne W 0 6 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy L 1 0 6 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 0 6 View match >
Round 11 Geelong W 0 6 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 1 0 6 View match >
Round 13 Richmond L 0 6 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy L 0 6 View match >
Round 15 St Kilda W 0 6 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 1 0 6 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy W 0 6 View match >
Preliminary Final Carlton W 0 6 View match >
Grand Final Richmond L 0 6 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1921 17 2 0 8

1921 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 0 8 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 0 8 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 1 0 8 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 0 8 View match >
Round 5 Richmond L 0 8 View match >
Round 6 Sydney W 0 8 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 0 8 View match >
Round 9 Carlton L 0 8 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy L 0 8 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne L 0 8 View match >
Round 12 Geelong L 0 8 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 1 0 8 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 0 8 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 0 8 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 0 8 View match >
Round 18 Carlton L 0 8 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 0 8 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1922 12 1 0 8, 10

1922 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond L 0 8 View match >
Round 2 Sydney L 0 8 View match >
Round 3 Carlton W 0 8 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda W 0 8 View match >
Round 6 Geelong W 0 8 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 0 8 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 0 8 View match >
Round 9 Essendon W 0 8 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 0 8 View match >
Round 18 Essendon W 0 8 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy L 0 10 View match >
Grand Final Fitzroy L 1 0 8 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 94 6
Avg/Game   0.06
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

226

Total AFL Games
100
Total AFL Goals
7
CFC Debut
Round 5, 1916
CFC Last Game
Grand Final, 1922
Recruited From
Collingwood District
Full Name
Tom Drummond
Nickname
Chicken

Awards

  • Team Captain
    1922
  • x2
    Premiership
    1917, 1919
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