Collingwood Football Club

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The Collingwood Football Club is an Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club's team nickname is The Magpies. Formed in 1892, the club traditionally represented the inner-Melbourne suburb of Collingwood; however it has now moved its training and administration base to Gosch's Paddock and the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre, at Olympic Park in Melbourne. In 2000, Collingwood moved its home games from its traditional suburban home ground, Victoria Park, to the much larger Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Collingwood is the biggest and most supported club in the AFL.[2] It has consistently attracted much higher than average crowds to its games than other Victorian clubs in the league.[3] In 1970, 121,696 spectators watched Collingwood and Carlton contest the Grand Final, the record attendance for a football game of any code in Australia. In 2010 Collingwood beat their previous membership record of 46,430 members to reach 57,617 members,[4] the largest membership base of all the AFL clubs.

Collingwood's guernseys sport a black and white striped design, similar to the colours of a magpie, emblazoned with the magpie emblem and the motto "Floreat Pica" ("Flourish Magpies", or "May the Magpies prosper!").[5]

Throughout its history, the club has developed a number of rivalries with cross-town and interstate clubs. Traditional Melbourne suburban rivalries with Essendon,[6] Richmond and Carlton[7] remain fierce. Collingwood has gained interstate rivals, particularly in Port Adelaide and Brisbane, but has retained the reputation in the national competition as the "team everybody loves to hate".[8]

Collingwood have played in a record 42 Grand Finals, winning 15, drawing 2 and losing 25. Collingwood are currently the reigning premiers, having defeated St. Kilda by a club-record margin of 56 points in the 2010 AFL Grand Final. The win capped off an outstanding year for the club, which also finished the home-and-away season as minor premiers.

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