Collingwood Magpies

The Collingwood Magpies are a successful Aussie Rules football club located in Victoria who play in the Australian Football League (AFL) competition.

Know as “the team everybody loves to hate”, the Magpies boast the biggest fan base out of all the Victorian AFL clubs and have had a prosperous history that includes an incredible 40 Grand Final appearances.

Collingwood Magpies Information

Established: 1892

Home Grounds: Melbourne Cricket Ground & Etihad Stadium

Colours: Black & White

Mascot: Jock “One Eye” McPie

Number of VFA/VFL/AFL Premierships Won: 15 (1896, 1902, 1903, 1910, 1917, 1919, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1953, 1958, 1990)

History

The Collingwood Magpies have a long and rich history playing Aussie Rules football in Australia starting in 1892 when they were admitted into the Victorian Football Association (VFA), the predecessor of the VFL and AFL competitions.

The Magpies won one VFA premiership in 1896 and the next year in 1897 they were part of a number of clubs that moved from the VFA and formed the Victorian Football League (VFL).

During the early decades of the VFL, the Magpies were a dominant force winning an incredible 11 Premierships from 1897 – 1936 including their impressive four straight victories from 1927 – 1930 under the coaching of the great Jock McHale, who was the longest serving coach in history.

It would be nearly 20 years before the Collingwood Magpies won another Premiership, but it came in 1953 and then again in 1958.

Their most recent Premiership success was back in 1990 when they defeated Essendon 13.11.89 to 5.11.41, after which they’ve had a very inconsistent record finishing their seasons poorly during the 1990s before they saw some improvement in the early 2000s when they finished second on the ladder in 2002 and 2003, but went down in both Grand Finals to the Brisbane Lions.

The Magpies have twice been awarded the Wooden Spoon for finishing last on the ladder in 1976 and 1999.

In recent years the best result for Collingwood has been number four in 2007 and 2009.

Emblem, Colours & Guernseys

The emblem for the Collingwood Magpies is a black and white shield with a magpie in the centre, accompanied by two flags on either side, one an Australian flag the other a black and white club flag.

The logo also features the team’s motto of “Floreat Pica”, which translates to “Flourish Magpies” or “May the Magpies Prosper.”

The two colours of the club are white and black, which are the colours of their namesake animal, the magpie.

Collingwood have two guernsey or jumper designs, both having been used since 2009. Their home guernsey features black and white vertical stripes with a black half on the back and white numbers. The away guernseys are identical but the colours are reversed.

Football Club

The Collingwood Magpies play their home games at two grounds, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) at Yarra Park and Docklands Stadium, with the Melbourne Cricket Ground their primary venue from 2000. The MCG holds a capacity crowd of 100,000 spectators.

The team’s training and administration centres are also based in Melbourne at Gosch’s Paddock and the Lexus Centre at Olympic Park.

Attracting some of the biggest AFL crowds and a massive membership of over 52,700 members, the Magpies are the most popular AFL club in Victoria. Becoming a member is a great way to support this top team, as is having a punt on them online at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Mascot

The Collingwood Magpie’s mascot is Jock “One Eye” McPie, a battling Aussie magpie named after the club’s longest serving coach and former player Jock McHale.

Best Bet To Make

The Collingwood Magpies have made the finals for four straight years and look on track to do so again in 2010 making the early ‘Final 8’ markets at Ladbrokes.com.au a good bet to make on the team.

They are also one of the most popular and high performing of the Victorian AFL clubs so the ‘Highest Placed Vic Team’ markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are also an attractive choice for punters.

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