Albert Collier

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Albert Collier
Albert Collier.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth 9 July 1909
Place of birth Collingwood, Victoria
Date of death 22 February 1988(1988-02-22) (aged 78)
Place of death Frankston, Victoria
Original team(s) Ivanhoe
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1925–30; 1933–39 Collingwood 205 (54)
1941–42 Fitzroy 012 (12)
Total 217 (66)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1942.
Career highlights
  • Brownlow Medal 1929
  • Leitch Medal 1931
  • Collingwood Best & Fairest 1929, 1934, 1935
  • Collingwood premierships 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936
  • Collingwood Team of the Century
  • Victorian representative (12 games, 1 goal)
Sources: AFL Tables,

Albert "Leeter" Collier (9 July 1909 – 22 February 1988) was an Australian rules footballer in the (then) Victorian Football League.

Playing career[edit]

Collier was a powerful centre half-back and a vital part of 'The Machine', the 1927-1930 Collingwood teams who won four premierships in a row. This feat has not been repeated to date.

Career outside VFL[edit]

At the height of the Great Depression Collier left Collingwood to coach Cananore Football Club in Tasmania, winning the Leitch Medal in 1931. He captain-coached Camberwell in the throw-pass era VFA from 1945 until 1946, earning acclaim for building and leading the team to the minor premiership and a losing Grand Final in 1946.[1]


Collier won the Brownlow Medal in 1929. In 1996 he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame, and was named at centre half back in Collingwood's Team of the Century.

The Victorian Football League’s Interstate team that drew with South Australia, in Adelaide, 13.10 (88) to 11.22 (88) on Saturday, 16 June 1928.
Back Row: Albert "Leeter" Collier (second from left)


  1. ^ Jim Blake (28 May 1947). "What is wrong at Camberwell". The Sporting Globe. Melbourne, VIC. p. 12.