Norm Collins

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Norm Collins
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Personal information
Full name Norman Charles Collins
Date of birth 7 May 1904
Place of birth Malvern
Date of death 28 August 1933(1933-08-28) (aged 29)
Place of death Glen Iris, Victoria
Original team(s) Fitzroy Juniors
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1924–25 Fitzroy 04 0(1)
1926–27, 1929–31 Carlton 57 (14)
1931–33 Hawthorn 31 0(0)
Total 92 (15)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1933.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Norman Charles Collins (7 May 1904 – 28 August 1933) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy, Carlton and Hawthorn in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[1]

Born in Malvern, Collins played his junior football for Fitzroy and in 1924 made his VFL debut, alongside his elder brother Goldie. Another brother, Harry, had also played at Fitzroy but was killed in 1918 while fighting in France.

Fitzroy had won a premiership in 1922 and as Collins found it difficult to break into the team, he transferred to Carlton after two seasons.[2]

He was used initially at Carlton as a centreman but after sitting out of the 1928 VFL season the position had been taken up by new recruit Colin Martyn. When he returned in 1929, the former Fitzroy player was tried as a half forward flanker, rover and defender. He played finals that year, kicking two goals in Carlton's losing Preliminary Final team. However, he soon found himself out of favour and missed selection in the 1930 finals series and played only once in 1931. [3]

Collins crossed to Hawthorn during the 1931 season where he played as a defender. He filled in as Hawthorn's captain on occasion. He retired in 1933, citing an inability to strike form, and just two months after making his last appearance for Hawthorn Collins committed suicide.[4]


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2014). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (10th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. p. 170. ISBN 978-1-921496-32-5.
  2. ^ "Norm Collins – Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Norm Collins". AFL Tables.
  4. ^ "LEAGUE PLAYER FOUND HANGED". The Herald (17, 563). Victoria, Australia. 29 August 1933. p. 1.