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George R Collins
30 January 1876
24 August 1942 (aged 66)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 98d
Last game: 27y 211d
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AFL: 24th player to appear, 2,604th most games played, 3,349th most goals kickedEssendon: 4th player to appear, 192nd most games played, 288th most goals kicked
Invariably known as 'Tod', rather than by his given name of George, Collins was one of the pre-eminent members of Essendon's early VFL combinations. In addition to being a top footballer, he also represented Victoria at cricket. Most of his 91 VFL games between 1897 and 1903 were played in the back lines, where he was conspicuous for his tremendous pace, fine kicking, and, most particularly, his superlative marking ability.
Collins was a key member of the Same Old's 1897 premiership side, and when they next went top four years later, courtesy of a 6.7 (43) to 2.4 (16) Grand Final defeat of Collingwood, Collins made a noteworthy contribution as captain. He also captained the Dons to a losing Challenge Final against Collingwood the following year. In 1900, 1901 and 1902 he represented the VFL against South Australia. No relation to team mate Maurice Collins, he returned to senior football after a two season break in 1906 as captain-coach of VFA side Preston. However, after just five games - only one of which was won - he elected to retire for good.
Author - John Devaney