Ian Collins (footballer)

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Ian Collins
Personal information
Full name Ian Collins
Date of birth (1942-10-24) 24 October 1942 (age 74)
Original team(s) Sale
Height / weight 175 cm / 74 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1961–1971 Carlton 161 (49)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1971.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Ian "Collo" Collins AM (born 24 October 1942) is a former Australian rules footballer and is now a high-profile businessman.

Playing career[edit]

Playing for the Carlton Football Club in the Victorian Football League between 1961–1971 he was part of the 1968 premiership side but missed the entire 1970 premiership winning season due to an achilles injury. He returned in 1971. Collins played as a tough back-pocket player in the back line and was recruited from Sale.[1]

Administration ventures[edit]

Collins became the Carlton Football Club's executive director following his coaching stint with Port Melbourne in the VFA,[2][3] and, in 1993, became the Australian Football League's Director of Football Operations.[3]

Collins became the president of the Carlton Football Club following John Elliott's departure in late 2002,[4] and he also currently is the CEO of Etihad Stadium.[2]

On 13 April 2006, Collins announced he would be stepping down as president of the Carlton Football Club due to ill health.[5] He was replaced by Graeme Smorgon.


  1. ^ Grant, Trevor (11 September 2002). "Clash of the Blues giants". Herald Sun. Melbourne, Australia. p. 77. 
  2. ^ a b Grant, Trevor (16 November 2002). "Blue Bruiser". Herald Sun. Melbourne, Australia. p. 23. 
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Caroline (29 February 2000). "League boss enters new arena". The Age. Melbourne, Australia. p. 2. 
  4. ^ "Determined Collins vows to lift Blues". Newcastle Herald. Newcastle, Australia. 13 November 2002. p. 86. 
  5. ^ "Collins quits Carlton". The Sunday Mail. Adelaide, Australia. 16 April 2006. p. 49. 

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