The AFL world is mourning the death of Collingwood club legend Terry Waters, who died on Tuesday at 76.
The former Collingwood captain and Hall of Famer lost his battle with cancer.
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“The Collingwood Football Club extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Terry Waters,” the club said in a statement.
“Waters is survived by his wife Jane, son Tom and daughter Charlotte. He was 76 years of age.”
Waters played 163 games for his beloved Magpies, kicking 50 goals and winning best and fairest in his first season in 1963.
“The decorated career of Waters began in 1963, when he kicked 50 goals in a debut season that saw him win Collingwood's best first year player award and immediate high regard that would be justified over the next eight seasons with a Copeland Trophy in 1966, All-Australian selection in 1969 and captaincy of the club in 1970 and 1971,” the club statement added.
“In all, Waters would play 163 matches and, after a soaring start as a key forward, evolve into a commanding marking player further afield.
“He kicked 117 goals in his first 53 matches but gave up the goal square to Peter McKenna in 1965. Waters then won his Copeland and regular state selection for Victoria as a ruck-rover and outstanding intercept defender.
“As a mark of respect Collingwood players will wear black armbands in the match against Fremantle in Perth on Sunday.”
The Collingwood Football Club extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Terry Waters; a club captain, Copeland Trophy winner and Hall of Fame member who has passed away after a battle with cancer.
As a mark of respect players will wear black armbands on Sunday.
— Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) July 28, 2020
AFL world pays tribute to Terry Waters
Somewhat cruelly, Waters never won a premiership with Collingwood - losing three grand finals.
He was captain during the 1970 grand final when Carlton overcame a 44-point half-time to shock the Pies by 10 points.
Tributes have been flooding in for Waters on social media.
Take care Macca. One of the early footy idols when we didn’t have much TV and it was all about Melb v Pies.
One of the most sought after Mobil Footy Cards for primary school kids in Tas. Very rare.. highly valued. Had to swap two Ron Barassi’s can you believe.
RIP Terry Waters pic.twitter.com/Ozq3w2Q9wy
— Robert Shaw (@shawry_analyst) July 28, 2020
— Ben Collins (@bencollocollins) July 28, 2020
So saddened to hear about the loss of @Collingwood great Terry Waters. Such a great football CV - captain, hall of fame member, Copeland Trophy winner, All-Australian, club leading goalkicker. Cruelly, he was denied a flag. His 3 Grand Final losses were by a collective 15 points. https://t.co/XX2RoGj09Q
— Glenn McFarlane (@MaccaHeraldSun) July 28, 2020
Vale, Terry Waters, a magnificent custodian of the Collingwood guernsey.
Now playing footy in The Fields of Heaven. @CollingwoodFC #sidebyside @MickMCG34 pic.twitter.com/9wTSM15L3u
— Tony TC ☕🚘🏁 (@TonyC1963) July 28, 2020
RIP Terry Waters
A hero to many Collingwood fans of the 1960s + 70s.
Forever linked to the 1970GF loss as captain.
But he was a B+F , leading goalkicker, All-Australian with 163 games.
His name was draped proudly during 1966 Final.
Here he is stopping another attack under it. pic.twitter.com/EGy5XNTGq7
— Rhett Bartlett (@rhettrospective) July 28, 2020