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 2014
After a promising start to the season where they looked on track for a Top 4 spot, the wheels well and truly fell off for the Magpies the further the season progressed and they eventually missed the eight, finishing in 11th spot with 11 wins.
The Pies were tested with injuries to key players throughout the season, Nathan Brown & Bruce Reid to name a couple, and Dane Swan also had his quietest season for a while due to ongoing injuires. The much heralded Travis Cloke & Jesse White forward combination disintegrated after a great start.
Coach Nathan Buckley was able to blood a number of young players and defender Tom Langdon had a consistent first season, while Tim Broomhead showed he will be good prospect for Collingwood in the years ahead.
The Pies are due for a change of luck with injuries and if they can get all their players on the pitch they are capable of taking it up to all sides, bar Hawthorn.
Collingwood 2014 Best and Fairest winner: Scott Pendlebury
Scott Pendlebury claimed his third Copeland Trophy with 165 votes, defeating Steele Sidebottom on 114 votes, with Dayne Beams in third place on 112 votes.