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Charlie Pannam (footballer, born 1874)

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Charlie Pannam
Personal information
Full name Charles Henry Pannam
Date of birth (1874-10-02)2 October 1874
Place of birth Daylesford, Victoria
Date of death 29 October 1952(1952-10-29) (aged 78)
Place of death Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia
Original team(s) Collingwood Juniors
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 79.5 kg (175 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1894–1907 Collingwood 229 (116)
1907–1908 Richmond 27 (33)
1909 Preston 15 (13)
1914 Northcote 3 (3)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1912 Richmond 18 (3–15–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1908.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Charles Henry Pannam (2 October 1874 – 29 October 1952) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Collingwood Football Club in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) between 1894 and 1896 then in the Victorian Football League (VFL) between 1897 and 1906.[1] He then played for the Richmond Football Club in the VFA in 1907 then in the VFL in 1908. He was senior coach of Richmond in 1907 and 1912.


Pannam's grave at Melbourne General Cemetery

The son of a Greek immigrant father, Ioannis ("John") Pannam (1832–1899) and an Australian mother of Welsh descent, Anne Pannam (1841–1898),[2] née Hughes, Charles Henry Pannam was born at Daylesford on 2 October 1874.

His father's family name of Pannamopoulos had been shortened to Pannam when he emigrated from Greece to Australia in 1856. His father, John, had originally arrived in Newcastle, NSW in 1855, however, he was charged as a deserter and sent back to Greece, only to return and settle the following year.[3]

Charlie Pannam died at Abbotsford, Victoria on 29 October 1952, and was buried at Melbourne General Cemetery.[4]

The brother of Collingwood footballer Albert Pannam, he was the father of Collingwood and Richmond footballer and Richmond coach Alby Pannam, and of Collingwood and South Melbourne footballer and South Melbourne coach Charlie Pannam. Collingwood captain Lou Richards and Collingwood footballer (and interim coach for two matches in 1974) Ron Richards were his grandsons.


Collingwood (VFA)[edit]

He played for three seasons with the Collingwood club in the VFA competition from 1894 to 1896.

Collingwood (VFL)[edit]

A wingman and a rover, he played with Collingwood in the VFL competition for eleven years (1897–1907). He was the first VFL player to reach the 50-, 100-, and 150-game milestone,[5] and he was the VFL's Leading Goalkicker in 1905.

1899 team of "champions"[edit]

At the end of the 1899 season, in the process of naming his own "champion player", the football correspondent for The Argus, Reginald Wilmot ("Old Boy"), selected a team of the best players of the 1899 VFL competition:

From those he considered to be the three best players — that is, Condon, Hickey, and Pleass — Wilmot selected Pat Hickey as his "champion player" of the season.[6]

Richmond (VFA)[edit]

Having played his last two games for Collingwood in rounds one and two of 1907, he transferred to the VFA and, as captain-coach played 13 games.

Richmond (VFL)[edit]

With Richmond admitted to the VFL competition in 1908, and with his Collingwood team-mate Dick Condon appointed coach, he was Richmond's first captain in its VFL history.

Preston (VFA)[edit]

[data missing]

Northcote (VFA)[edit]

[data missing]

Hall of Fame[edit]

In 1996, Pannam was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ Pannam is one of the three Collingwood footballers (the others were Ted Rowell and Dick Condon) responsible for the development of the stab-kick; see "'The Stab Kick' – A Football Development", The Argus, (Monday 27 June 1910), p. 6.
  2. ^ "Family Notices". Leader. No. 2241. Victoria, Australia. 17 December 1898. p. 2.
  3. ^ Peter Prineas, Wild Colonial Greeks, Arcadia, North Melbourne, 2020, p. 20.
  4. ^ "Football pioneer dies, aged 78", The Argus, (Thursday, 30 October 1952), p. 18; "Deaths: Pannam", The Age, 31 October 1952), p. 8.
  5. ^ "AFL Tables - Miscellaneous Player Records". afltables.com. Retrieved 29 September 2023.
  6. ^ 'Old Boy', "Football: A Review of the Season", (Monday, 18 September 1899), p. 6.


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