The Collingwood Football Club began in 1892 from humble beginnings and were a foundation club of the VFL in 1897. Nicknamed the 'Magpies', they are the most popular club in the land who play their home matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and club colours are the famous black and white stripe.
Collingwood has won 15 premierships throughout the years and sit third behind Essendon and Carlton who have won 16 each. Collingwood are the only team in the VFL/AFL to win four premierships in a row, with four wins from 1927 to 1930, and the Pies are still the only club to go through a full home and away season undefeated which they did in 1929.
The Pies are the most supported club in the AFL and attract more fans to their games than any other club in the league, with 50,000+ fans on average, and upwards of 90,000+ to showpiece games such as the Anzac Day clash with Essendon or matches with arch rivals Carlton.
Collingwood in 2013
The Mapgies were a little dysfunctional during the 2013 season and won only 14 games, down two on the previous season. They finished in fifth spot on the ladder and were bundled out in an Elimination Final by a more desperate Port Adelaide side.
Club champion Dayne Beams was missing for the first three-quarters of the season and the club felt his loss. Rumblings of discontent with coach Nathan Buckley within the Collingwood camp appeared to have an impact later in the season.
The exciting Jamie Elliott stepped up as a marking, goalkicking target alongside key forward Travis Cloke, and the Magpies also blooded some quality youngsters in Brodie Grundie, Kyle Martin, Paul Seedsman and Josh Thomas.
New recruits Jessie White and Taylor Adams will add plenty to the Magpies side, and with Dayne Beams back at full strength, Collingwood are very capable of challenging for a tilt at the premiership with an ounce of luck.
Collingwood 2013 Best and Fairest winner: Scott Pendlebury
Scott Pendlebury won his second Copeland Trophy scoring 192 votes, to defeat three-time winner Dane Swan on 155 votes, with Steele Sidebottom in third place on 133 votes.