The Magpie Club

The Magpie Club coterie commenced in 1979 as a support for the Collingwood Football Club sociably, as well as financially. The current president is Jeff Carron (2007).

The Magpie Club is a group of people who over the years have become friends and business associates. Networking and client entertainment is a valuable commodity. With a membership of approximately 50 people (2005). Potential members must be Collingwood Football Club Social Club members in order to join The Magpie Club. Over ten members have over ten years of membership.

The Magpie Club and their guests enjoy lunch and dinner and drinks at Collingwood Home Games in the 'Jack Ryder A' room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as well as the Endeavour Room at Telstra Dome. Past and current players or celebrities are at each game and are interviewed. The club also runs special functions during the year, some are legendary, especially the Seafood Night and Golf day.

Various functions are organised throughout the year by The Magpie Club social committee to raise funds for the Collingwood Football Club . Members get together away from Australian Football League (AFL) football and socialise with each other and guests. One of the most popular functions each year is the famous Seafood Night where a magnificent array of fresh fish and shellfish is served. The AFL Grand Final Eve Sports Luncheon is another more recent event that has grown very quickly in popularity due to the attendance of diverse Australian sporting identities. The Magpie Club organise other activities throughout the year such as a Family Day and the Copeland Trophy Night where members can meet Collingwood Football Club players.

Sporting identities
The Magpie Club hosts diverse sporting identities as guest speakers from Collingwood Football Club legends Des Tuddenham, Ted Potter, Peter McKenna & Phil Manassa through to racecaller Bryan Martin, world aerobic champ Sue Stanley and younger players such as Travis Cloke. Sam Soliman is also a repeat guest of The Magpie Club.

Dress Code
The Magpie Club has strict dress regulations for members and guests on match days. Gentlemen are required to wear a suit or sports jacket and slacks with tie. Ladies are expected to maintain a suitable standard in keeping with the dignity of the dining room.

The Magpie Club arrange extra seating for member's children at AFL matches. Children are not permitted in The Magpie Club rooms until the conclusion of the match. The Magpie Club organise an allocated game each season at Telstra Dome called “Family Day” whereby the children are invited into the dining room for a fun day at the football with their parents and the potential to meet AFL players. The most recent Magpie Club Family Day was held at the Collingwood vs. Hawthorn match at the Telstra Dome (1st July 2007).

Season 2007
The Magpie Club commenced 2007 with an international cuisine night on 24th March. At the first home match against Richmond (Friday 13 April) The Magpie Club offered a 3 course meal, a prime 2nd level reserved seat, bar service, AFL Record and guest speaker.
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