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Key Facts

Full name
Gordon Collis

Known as
Gordon Collis

6 November 1940 (age 83)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 167d
Last game: 26y 314d

Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 17

Recruited from
Healesville (1961)

Gordon Collis

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1961-1965, 196795400.4252%
Total1961-1965, 196795400.4252%

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 7,227th player to appear, 2,582nd most games played, 2,432nd most goals kickedCarlton: 739th player to appear, 191st most games played, 190th most goals kicked

Carlton's Gordon Collis only had a comparatively brief career at the top level, but it was certainly eventful. He made his VFL debut as a forward in 1961 after the Blues had won a race with Fitzroy to procure his signature. Most of his early football was played on the forward lines, and he was successful enough to be chosen at centre half forward in the VFL 'B' team in 1962. In 1963 his form fell away, and it later emerged that he had been having sight problems.

Prior to the start of the 1964 season, Collis was fitted with contact lenses, and, lo and behold, his form underwent a remarkable improvement. After beginning the season at full back he was moved to centre half back during the round five clash with Collingwood at Victoria Park after Magpie full forward Terry Waters had threatened to cut loose. Collis took to centre half back as though born to the position: week after week he made the best player lists, he was selected to play there in the senior VFL interstate team, and he ended up running away with the Brownlow Medal, eight votes clear of Hawthorn's Phil Hay, and Ken Fraser of Essendon. For good measure, he also won Carlton's best and fairest award.

Unfortunately, the remainder of Gordon Collis' 95-game VFL career was short-circuited by recurrent, niggling injuries, culminating in serious damage to a foot which prompted him to 'retire' at the end of the 1965 season. Still aged only 27, he decided after a year away from the game that he would give it one more try, and 1967 saw him back at Princes Park for what proved to be his final league season. On doctors' advice, he retired for good at the end of the year after being diagnosed with stomach ulcers. Ironically, in 1968 the Blues broke through for their first flag since 1947, an achievement to which Gordon Collis would, no doubt, dearly have loved to contribute.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.