Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Charles Pannam

Known as
Charlie Pannam

2 October 1874

29 October 1952 (aged 78)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 218d
Last game: 33y 339d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Richmond

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 14

Recruited from
Collingwood (1908)

Family links
Albert Pannam (Brother)Charlie Pannam Jnr (Son)Alby Pannam (Son)Horrie Jenkin (Cousin)Lou Richards (Grandson)Ron Richards (Grandson)Ed Richards (Great great grandson)

Charlie Pannam

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 114th player to appear, 701st most games played, 752nd most goals kickedCollingwood: 12th player to appear, 55th most games played, 73rd most goals kickedRichmond: 15th player to appear, 597th most games played, 278th most goals kicked

Charlie Pannam senior was one of the chief architects of Collingwood's famed short game - known as 'the system' - which was honed on a club trip to Tasmania in 1902, and which centred on a newly invented kick, the stab pass. Pannam was a master of this kick, but his pace, skill and general nouse gave him plenty of other strings to his bow. He played mainly as a wingman, but was also dangerous near goal, and in 1905 he topped the VFL goal kicking list with 38 goals.

Pannam commenced his career with the Woods during the club's time in the VFA, and was heavily instrumental in the 6.9 to 5.10 premiership play-off victory of 1896 against South Melbourne (reviewed here).

In 1907, Pannam joined VFA side Richmond, and helped that club gain admission to the league the following year. However, in 1909 he was passed over for the coaching job, and left in disgust. Pannam spent the 1909 season as captain-coach of VFA under-achievers Preston, before eventually returning to Richmond as non-playing coach in 1912.

Charlie Pannam senior's sons, Charlie junior and Alby, both represented Collingwood with distinction between the wars (and, in Alby's case, also during World War Two), and the dynasty continued into a third generation with grandsons Ron and Lou Richards.

Author - John Devaney


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