Collingwood’s best 22 Non-Victorians

Stan Magro

Stan Magro

After being inspired by Exclamation Glen! devout South Australian, Dave (Diogenes)Brown got me thinking about the best 22 Non-Victorian players to have represented Collingwood, not exclusively, but particularly in my lifetime.

The team consists of players who went straight to the Pies from their original non-VFL/AFL clubs. Therefore, names like Abernethy, Barwick, Buckley and Clement do not make the list as they played with other VFL/AFL clubs before crossing to Victoria Park.

Ten of the team are premiership players while ten played in Grand Finals without tasting ultimate success. Phil Carman should have played in the 1977 GF while Greg Phillips and coach Jack Cahill were involved in two winning finals in 1984 before succumbing to a 133 point humiliation at the hands of Essendon in the same year.

A pretty handy team in my book. Who has missed out?


B: S.Burns (Norwood) C.Kelly (Norwood) S.Magro (South Fremantle)

HB: M.Taylor (Norwood) M.Christian (East Perth) G.Crosisca (Western Districts)

C: A.Didak (Port Adelaide) M.Williams (Port Adelaide) D.Beams (Southport)

HF: A.Fasolo (East Fremantle) C.Starcevich (East Perth) G.Wright (East Devonport)

F: L.Davis (Perth FC) P.Carman (Norwood) W.Richardson (South Fremantle)

RUCK: J.Manson (North Hobart) S.Russell (Sturt) T.Francis (Norwood)

INTER: T.Lockyer (East Fremantle) G.Phillips (Port Adelaide) A.Toovey  (Claremont) Max Richardson (South Fremantle)

COACH: J.Cahill (Port Adelaide)

About Phillip Dimitriadis

Carer/Teacher/Writer. Author of Fandemic: Travels in Footy Mythology. World view influenced by Johnny Cash, Krishnamurti, Larry David, Toni Morrison and Billy Picken.


  1. McAlmanac says

    Phil Carman originated from Edenhope in Victoria, but fits in under State of Origin rules.

    Tony Burgess from West Adelaide was a handy player; not sure of his form with Collingwood.

    Brodie Grundy should eventually tip out James Manson.

  2. Peter Eakins should be given consideration in defence. Was All Australian 1969 if memory serves me correct though I don’t recall him kicking on much at the pies.

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