Collingwood Football Club

the magpies

Formed in 1892 in the then-working class Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, the club played in the VFA before joining seven other teams in 1896 to found the breakaway VFL.


12 Feb 1892


The Magpies


Floreat Pica

may the magpies prosper

club song

Good old Collingwood forever,
They know how to play the game.
Side by side they stick together,
To uphold the Magpies name.
See the barrackers a‑shouting,
As all barrackers should!
Oh, the premiership's a cakewalk
For the good old Collingwood.

Adapted from the USA army marching song
Goodbye Dolly Gray
The first team song (written in 1906) and the only song to reference the barracker.

The Collingwood Football Club supporter base traditionally came from the working class, although its supporter base today goes far beyond.

Many of the supporters still come from lower socio-economic groups, leading to jokes from supporters of other clubs which typically stereotype their Collingwood counterparts as poor, crude and ignorant.

playing uniform


The Magpies are traditionally reviled by non‑Collingwood supporters.

You either love 'em or you hate 'em.

The dislike of the club by outsiders is said to have originated during the 1920s and 1930s, a period of great success for the club which drew the envy and resentment of other clubs.

In this period, Collingwood was also perceived as a Catholic and Irish club, at a time when these groups were looked down upon by the rest of Australian society and subjected to a considerable degree of social exclusion.

The first signs of a rivalry with Brisbane originated in 1999, when the Magpies were comprehensively beaten in the last ever AFL match at Victoria Park.

home ground

Originally based at Victoria Park, in inner-city Collingwood.

Collingwood is regarded as one of Australia's most popular sports clubs, attracting the highest attendance figures and television ratings of any professional team in the nation.