19 April 1914
17 March 1993 (aged 78)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 94d
Last game: 33y 7d
Height and weight
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 66 kg
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
|V/AFL||1933-1943, 1945, 1947||183||459||2.51||62%||19.66||—||4.34||27|
|Total||1933-1943, 1945, 1947||183||459||2.51||62%||19.66||—||4.34||27|
Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only
AFL: 4,087th player to appear, 799th most games played, 76th most goals kickedCollingwood: 368th player to appear, 51st most games played, 6th most goals kickedRichmond: 466th player to appear, 1,038th most games played, 486th most goals kicked
One of the finest rovers of his generation, Alby Pannam was a product of Abbotsford, one of Collingwood's most fruitful recruiting grounds. He made his VFL debut with the Magpies in 1933, and had played 181 senior games and booted 453 goals for the club by the time he finished in 1945. Particularly renowned for his adeptness near goal, he topped Collingwood's goal kicking list on three occasions, and his best afield performance in the winning Grand Final of 1936 against South Melbourne was capped with five of his team's 11 goals.
Pannam also played in the premiership win of 1935 against the same opposition, and in the losing Grand Finals of 1937 and 1938. Extremely small and light at 169 cm and 66 kg, he dodged and weaved brilliantly, but at the same time was not shy of 'mixing it' whenever the need arose. Sometimes accused of his selfishness, his value to the 'Woods was nevertheless considerable as he was always in the thick of the action, and if he sometimes attempted to do too much this was counterbalanced by his consistent effectiveness in negating the impact of his direct opponent.
A VFL interstate representative in both 1941 and 1945, Pannam won a Copeland Trophy as club best and fairest in 1942, and served as skipper of the side in his final league season. In 1946 he crossed to Richmond as captain-coach of the reserves, but he made a brief, two-game senior comeback in 1947. Between 1959 and 1963 he served as non-playing coach of Oakleigh in the VFA, steering the side to its fifth senior flag in 1960.
Alby Pannam was the son of Charles Pannam senior, and the brother of Charles Pannam junior, both of whom also played league football for Collingwood.
Author - John Devaney