29 October 1915
8 April 1985 (aged 69)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 188d
Last game: 34y 287d
Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Collingwood: 17, 12, 16, 13, 15, 2, 1, 10, 11, 31
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Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only
A significant figure at Collingwood, as both player and coach, for a total of 25 seasons, Phonse Kyne enjoyed involvement in four Magpie premierships, and his importance to the club was later affirmed by his inclusion, as a forward pocket and change ruckman, in its official 'Team of the Century'. Having played for Old Paradians and St Kevin's Old Boys, he made his senior VFL debut with Collingwood in 1934, and the following year was at centre half forward as the Magpies beat South Melbourne in the Grand Final by 20 points. Kyne also lined up at centre half forward, and was one of the best players afield, when Collingwood went back to back in 1936, once again at the expense of South.
After the 1936 flag, Kyne began to spend more time as a ruckman, and it is as one of the all time great exponents of that position that he is best remembered. His palming skills in particular have perhaps seldom been equalled, and it was often claimed that the main reason for Lou Richards' renowned reluctance to come off the ball was the fact that Kyne gave his rovers such an armchair ride. The onset of World War II significantly curtailed his availability, although he did serve as club captain in 1942, but once VFL football was back in full swing in 1946 he began to produce the best and most consistent football of his career.
Kyne was a Copeland Trophy winner three times in succession between 1946 and 1948, and his total of nine interstate appearances included the 'Big V' captaincy at the 1947 Hobart carnival. He captained Collingwood from 1946 until 1949, and was appointed coach in 1950. His playing career came to an end that year after 245 VFL games and 237 goals, but he remained as the Magpies coach until 1963, steering the side to finals participation in eight out of fourteen seasons, and to the premierships of 1953 and 1958.
Author - John Devaney