Collingwood versus Melbourne is a rivalry with a long and rich history that draws a line between a blue-collar and a white-collar supporter base. With the AFL fixturing them to play twice this season at the MCG let’s have a closer look at what separates and binds the two clubs.
The peak of hostilities and competition between the two clubs was in the 1950s and 60s when the Demons were a juggernaut of the VFL that would have won six straight flags if the Pies didn’t pip them in 1958. A home and away game between the two clubs that season saw 99,256 people come to the MCG to watch, a record that stands today.
Four of Melbourne’s flags in this time would come at the expense of Collingwood. The Pies’ lowest moment would be in the 1960 Grand Final when the Dees held them to just fourteen points. The 2.2 record was the lowest score Collingwood had kicked since round six of 1900.
It’s not too late to organise your Collingwood v Melbourne tickets for the Queens Birthday match which has recently featured the Big Freeze at the ‘G, a fundraising event organised by former Melbourne coach Neale Daniher to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease research, a condition he has been battling with since 2013. Hosted before the game well known television and footy identities nominate each other to ride the slide down into a big pool of icy water. In 2018, all 18 AFL coaches dived into the icy pool. The Big Freeze at the ‘G has become a beloved spectacle of the game as a brilliant fundraiser and spectacle to watch.
As well as the Queen’s Birthday match Melbourne will be hosting Collingwood at the MCG in round 21. For a big game like this one it’s best to ensure you have the best seats in the house with Melbourne v Collingwood Medallion Club tickets The two 2018 preliminary finalists will both be desperate for a win as the season comes to a close. Will be a particularly big game for the Dees who will need to finish the year strongly to make finals after a disastrous start. But with two deep midfields battling it out both matches are set to be thrilling encounters