Harry Collier Trophy
The Best First Year Player trophy was awarded only sporadically prior to 1960. When it first appeared as a regular trophy, in 1960, it was called the Collingwood Rotary Club Trophy. In 1988 the name was changed to the Harry Collier Trophy.
Collier played 18 matches in his first season in 1926 and kicked 32 goals. His ability to hit the scoreboard was clear from early on with the 18-year-old held goalless in just four matches in his debut season.
Collier went on to become a six-time premiership player – 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935 and 1936.
Upon retirement he became a popular commentator in television’s early years in Melbourne from 1956.
Collier’s career was one of the greatest of any at Victoria Park as he won two best and fairests (1928 and 1930) and was captain from 1935-9.