Almanac Footy: An open letter to the Collingwood Football Club






Dear Coach Bucks and Collingwood boys,


I just want you all to know that you brought us so much joy in what has been a turbulent year so far.


In true Collingwood fashion nothing came easy to us this year and you made us work for it, giving us a fair few heart attacks and close results along the way.


Despite being knocked out of the finals by Geelong we can still think back to the week before where you sent West Coast packing and stamped smiles on our faces. It really was a great gift especially to us Victorians back home that couldn’t be there to support you at any games this year. It was extremely hard on us, the ones that look forward to being at the game every week in the Magpie Army, to sit back and watch you through a screen all season.


I must confess that I couldn’t bring myself to watch the rest of the Geelong game after halftime, not because I had conceded to defeat but more because of the hurt I couldn’t bear any longer. It’s not exactly easy to watch the team you’ve loved all your life be dominated so harshly. Ultimately at the end, after the siren when the result settles win or lose, I always have the same feeling. I know that I love and always will love The Collingwood Football Club. I’m always ready to defend you to anyone and everyone.


Regardless of what you may read on your Twitter or Instagram feeds it’s crucial you know that every single one of you is important, needed and dearly loved for representing the black and white stripes. Whether you’ve had a rusty day or kicked a bag of goals this admiration does not change.


We thank you for all the extra sacrifices you made due to Covid to keep training and playing for us each week. You left family, friends and pets behind and in doing that you put us, the supporters first.


We appreciate all your hard work and know that this season would have taken a huge toll on you mentally and emotionally probably more than ever. Having to quarantine together may have had a silver lining, we saw the bonding, support and the brotherhood in Collingwood up close. We witnessed something extra special, babies learning to crawl, creative music videos produced, hairdressing talents emerged, and hilarious live Instagram videos knocked down the formality wall between players and fans.


Although our 2020 quest was cut short it has ended on a high. I couldn’t have been any prouder of this club and how far we’ve come while under constant scrutiny. To have made it as far as we did in all the circumstances faced you should all walk out of 2020 with your heads held high knowing that this team has only grown in strength and will continue to be a threat going into 2021.


Thank you for everything and I mean EVERYTHING.


Love you boys, GO PIES!


Danielle Hakim


[Geelong 15.10.100 d Collingwood 5.2.32 at the Gabba]



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About Danielle Hakim

A passionate 28 year old Collingwood supporter who fangirls like a 16 year old at heart. Chased down and yelled "I love you" at a startled Brodie Grundy in 2018 after the Semi-final loss. Danced down the stairs with a Collingwood scarf one time to a De Goey song and the video went viral.


  1. Kevin Densley says

    Fine sentiments, Danni – and this is coming from a Geelong supporter!

  2. Andrew Fithall says

    Love this Danni. I do hope the coaches and players get to see this because there will be truckloads of negativity heading their way. It would be great for them to share your positivity.

  3. Danielle Hakim says

    Congrats to your Geelong boys Kevin, too good to beat!

    Thanks Andrew, though its probably a slim chance i hope they see it too.
    So much crap online this morning and not just on social media. Its sad that negative comments always overshadow the positive ones. Fingers crossed for next year!

  4. DBalassone says

    Great spirit Danni. Well said. It was a season to be proud of!

  5. Luke Reynolds says

    Well said Danni. It was a joy to be able to still watch the Pies on TV in such a bleak year, especially when early on there was no guarantee they’d be able to play at all. We finished in the top 3rd of the comp. Collingwood always give value. Hope we can sit and watch them in the Ponsford Stand in 2021!

  6. Danielle Hakim says

    Thanks Damian, indeed! :)

    Very true Luke, i remember being so upset that the season might be cancelled.
    I can’t wait to see them in person again! I’m sure they miss us just as much haha

  7. Frank Taylor says

    Also well said Danni. Like so many of us our blood is Black And White. As I tell my non-football-loving friends, you really don’t know what you’re missing out on.
    Loved your writing about The Club on The Almanac this year – you have a great individual writing style – we all look forward to your contributions next season,
    Go Pies!

  8. Danielle Hakim says

    Thanks Frank!
    Fingers crossed Collingwood get up next season and go a few weeks stronger so i can provide
    some extra entertaining content. :)

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