Phonse Kyne

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Phonse Kyne
Personal information
Full name Alphonsus Edward Kyne
Date of birth (1915-10-29)29 October 1915
Place of birth Trafalgar, Victoria
Date of death 8 April 1985(1985-04-08) (aged 69)
Place of death Kew, Victoria
Original team(s) St Kevin's
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1934–1950 Collingwood 245 (237)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1950–1963 Collingwood 272 (161–109–2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1950.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1963.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Alphonsus Edward "Phonse" Kyne (29 October 1915 – 8 April 1985) was an Australian rules footballer who played for and coached Collingwood in the Victorian Football League. He is an inductee of the Australian Football Hall of Fame and a member of the official Collingwood Team of the Century. Along with Allan La Fontaine (Melbourne Football Club), he is widely regarded as one of the two best footballers to graduate from St Kevin's College, Toorak.

A centre half-forward and ruckman during his playing career, Kyne was a member of Collingwood premiership sides in 1935 and 1936.

He won his first best and fairest in 1946, winning the award again the following two seasons to become the first player to win the Copeland Trophy three years in succession. Kyne had his first stint as captain in 1942 before getting the role permanently from 1946 to 1949. He had served in the Australian Army (22nd Battalion) between 1942 and 1945.

Jim Park, Jack Dyer, and Kyne, at Adelaide Oval, before the 1938 interstate match against South Australia

A regular Victorian interstate representative, Kyne played a total of 11 games for the state and captaining them at the 1947 Hobart Carnival.

In 1950 Kyne was appointed coach of Collingwood and took the field seven times that season before becoming a non-playing coach from 1951 onwards. His 272 games as coach is the second most by a Collingwood player and he was a premiership winning coach in 1953 and 1958.

Collingwood historian Michael Roberts speculated that Kyne is one of three Collingwood footballers depicted in John Brack's 1953 painting Three of the Players.[1]


  1. ^ Boland, Michaela (24 August 2010). "Collingwood opts to pass up on painting", The Australian. Retrieved 17 April 2013.


  • Ross, John (1999). The Australian Football Hall of Fame. Pymble: Harper Collins. p. 86. ISBN 978-0-7322-6426-0.
  • Barr, Andrew, "Magpies' Phonse Kyne dies at 69", The Age, (Tuesday, 9 April 1985), p.40.

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