Charlie Pannam (footballer, born 1874)
|Full name||Charles Henry Pannam|
|Date of birth||2 October 1874|
|Place of birth||Daylesford, Victoria|
|Date of death||29 October 1952(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)|
|1894–1896||Collingwood (VFA)||50 (5)|
|1907||Richmond (VFA)||13 (11)|
|1909||Preston (VFA)||15 (13)|
|1914||Northcote (VFA)||3 (3)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1908.
|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. 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.
The son of a Greek immigrant father, Ioannis ("John") Pannam (1832–1899) and an Australian mother, Anne Pannam (1841–1898), 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.
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.
He played for three seasons with the Collingwood club in the VFA competition from 1894 to 1896.
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 100 game milestone, he was the VFL's Leading Goalkicker in 1905.
At the end of the 1899 season, in the process of naming his own "champion player", the football correspondent for The Argus ("Old Boy"), selected a team of the best players of the 1899 VFL competition:
Backs: Maurie Collins (Essendon), Bill Proudfoot (Collingwood), Peter Burns (Geelong); Halfbacks: Pat Hickey (Fitzroy), George Davidson (South Melbourne), Alf Wood (Melbourne); Centres: Fred Leach (Collingwood), Firth McCallum (Geelong), Harry Wright (Essendon); Wings: Charlie Pannam (Collingwood), Eddie Drohan (Fitzroy), Herb Howson (South Melbourne); Forwards: Bill Jackson (Essendon), Eddy James (Geelong), Charlie Colgan (South Melbourne); Ruck: Mick Pleass (South Melbourne), Frank Hailwood (Collingwood), Joe McShane (Geelong); Rovers: Dick Condon (Collingwood), Bill McSpeerin (Fitzroy), Teddy Rankin (Geelong).
From those he considered to be the three best players — that is, Condon, Hickey, and Pleass — he selected Pat Hickey as his "champion player" of the season. ('Old Boy', "Football: A Review of the Season", (Monday, 18 September 1899), p.6).
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.
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.
Hall of Fame
In 1996 Pannam was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
- 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.
- "Family Notices". Leader. No. 2241. Victoria, Australia. 17 December 1898. p. 2.
- Peter Prineas, Wild Colonial Greeks, Arcadia, North Melbourne, 2020, p.20.
- Football pioneer dies, aged 78, The Argus, (Thursday, 30 October 1952), p.18; Deaths: Pannam, The Age, 31 October 1952), p.8.
- Hogan P: The Tigers of Old, Richmond FC, Melbourne 1996
- Boyles Football Photos: Charlie Pannam.