'So sad': AFL in mourning over death of Collingwood legend

Terry Waters, pictured here at the Collingwood Magpies season launch in 2014.
Terry Waters (bottom left) at the Collingwood Magpies AFL season launch in 2014. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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.”

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.