The Collingwood Football Club and the wider AFL world are in mourning on Saturday night after the deaths of former players Billy Picken and Con Britt.
Pique, who has died aged 66, played 207 games for the Magpies between 1974 and 1983 before moving to Sydney in the 1984 and 1985 seasons.
The famous centre-half back He finished his career with the Magpies in 1986, completing his illustrious career by being inducted into the Collingwood Hall of Fame (2006) and named in the Team of the Century (1997).
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Britt, who has died aged 74, played 110 games for Collingwood between 1996 and 1973, first ending in round 16 in Magpies colours.
In the year He was awarded the club’s most determined player award in 1972 and was described by club president Jeff Brown as a “brilliant player”.
Brown paid tribute to both players in a statement on behalf of Collingwood on Saturday night.
“The Collingwood Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Billy Pike and Con Britt and our condolences go out to their families and friends,” Browne said.
“Billy was an amazing player, a fierce defender and a player who showed extraordinary ability in finals.
“Not long after he made his debut, Billy became a hit with many Collingwood fans who wore the number 25 on their black and white jumpers and duffle coats.
He is remembered as one of the greatest players to ever play for the Collingwood Football Club and one of the greatest centre-backs of his generation.
“Kon Britt was a brilliant player who spent most of his career at half-forward and on the wing. He was fast and strong, impressing Collingwood fans with his attack on the football.
“Despite retiring at the age of 26 due to a knee injury, he will be remembered as a full-hearted player who gave his all whenever he held the number 27 guernsey.
The AFL world was quick to take to social media to pay their respects to both players.
Billy’s selected achievements
212 games, 46 goals for Collingwood (1974 – 1983, 1986)
28 games for the Sydney Swans (1984-1985) before returning to Collingwood in 1986.
CFC Hall of Fame (2006).
CFC Group of the Century (1997).
CFC Life Member (1986).
All Australian (1983)
The Most Committed Player (1978).
Best Final Player in 1975, 1978, 1979 and 1981 (Bob Rose Award).
EW Copeland Trophy Best and Fairest (1978, 1983).
RT Rush Trophy runner-up best and fairest (1977, 1979, 1981).
JJ Joyce Trophy Third Best and Fairest (1975).
VFL Reserves Best and Fairest (1975).
Con Brit achievements
110 games, 72 goals for Collingwood.
Started in 16th round 1966.
The most determined player in 1972.