NATHAN BUCKLEY was one of the Collingwood Magpies Greatest Players and a number of his career Afl Trading Cards are in stock at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Buckley won the Magarey Medal (South Australia’s equivalent of the Brownlow Medal) in 1991 at the age of 19 years whilst playing with Port Adelaide Magpies. Steven Rose, who became Head Trainer at Port Adelaide Magpies, recently stated that Buckley ” was the most Professional and best prepared player he had seen in his involvement with Australian Football”. Buckley was recruited by Brisbane for the 1993 season only, and was runner-up in the Club’s Best and Fairest Award.
Nathan Buckley transferred to Collingwood in 1994, and went on to play 260 Games and kick 263 Goals, in a Highly Decorated playing career which wound down due to chronic back-related Hamstring injuries in 2007.
Buckley was the pivotal Collingwood Player for his entire career, with the Clubs strategic Game plans built on Buckleys magnificent lengthy, pinpoint passing and general field-kicking ability. He was always Collingwood’s “GO-TO” man and remained one of the most dominant players in the entire AFL Competition.
Nathan Buckley was elected Captain of the Collingwood Football Club in 1999, and led magnificently in this role until his retirement in 2007 . The added pressure of Captaincy enhanced his reputation, as his powerful kicking, body strength, clean ball handling skills, and ability to build up huge numbers of possessions, saw him win Collingwoods 1999 Best and Fairest Award and finish equal Third in the Brownlow Medal, with 20 Votes.
Buckley won the Copeland Trophy ( Collingwood’s Best and Fairest Award) on 6 occasions – 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2004, a Club Record. He had placed highly in the prestigious Brownlow Medal on a number of occasions, and eventually Won the award in 2003 ( shared with Mark Ricciuto-Adelaide, and Adam Goodes-Sydney) , who also polled the same number of Votes. Buckley was selected in the All Australian Team on what seemed an Annual Basis, and was honoured by the AFL in his appointment as Captain of Australia for their International Tour of Ireland at the end of the 1999 Season.
Nathan Buckley’s leadership Qualities and superb playing abilities were on full show in the 2002 Grand Final against Brisbane, when Collingwood were narrowly beaten, however, Buckley was awarded the Norm Smith Medal as Best Player afield.
Buckley pursued a Game Commentator and Player/Team strategist Role in television after retiring as a Player, and is currently Head Coach-In-Waiting for his beloved Collingwood Magpies, and will take the baton from Michael Malthouse in 2011-12.
UPDATE- 3/10/2011- Nathan Buckley has been appointed the Senior Coach at the Collingwood Magpies for Seasons 2012- 2016 inclusive.
( Image courtesy of collingwoodfc.com.au ).