FORMER Sale footballer Scott Pendlebury played his 350th AFL match on Saturday.

Pendlebury brought up the milestone for Collingwood in the Magpies’ Round 18 game against Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.

The Magpies made it a milestone to remember, winning a nail-biting contest by five points.

Pendlebury was the third-leading possession winner on the ground, collecting 29 touches and kicking one goal in the 14.7 (91) to 13.8 (86) victory.

He also laid 12 tackles and had four clearances.

Proud parents Bruce and Liza and older brother Kristopher made the trip over, as did a contingent of close friends from the Sale region.

After the win, Pendlebury was chaired off the ground by Steele Sidebottom and Jeremy Howe, with Collingwood and Adelaide players forming a guard of honour for the Magpies’ games record holder.

Pendlebury is now one of just 20 men in AFL/VFL history to reach the 350 mark.

The 34-year-old has been a model of consistency since debuting in 2006, and has finished top-three in the Copeland Trophy a remarkable 13 times.

Only Kevin Murray (Fitzroy) and Gary Dempsey (Footscray/North Melbourne) have fared better in club best-and-fairest stakes.

Adding to that, Pendlebury is also one of only four AFL players to register more than 9000 possessions throughout their career.

The others in that category are Brent Harvey (North Melbourne), Robert Harvey (St Kilda) and Kevin Bartlett (Richmond).

Pendlebury played in Collingwood’s 2010 premiership, where he collected the Norm Smith Medal for best-on-ground, and has won the Copeland Trophy five times and made six All-Australian teams.

He has captained Collingwood since 2014, and is also a club record holder in terms of matches played as captain.

The milestones are set to continue, as he is currently on 199 games as Magpies’ captain.

Growing up in Sale, Pendlebury’s initial love was basketball, before deciding to head down the football path.

Due to representative commitments, he only ever played one senior game for Sale Football-Netball Club, which came in 2005.

He is arguably Collingwood’s greatest ever player, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Already there is talk of Pendlebury getting to 400, and given he is still contracted for next year, such an achievement looks to be a real possibility.

If Pendlebury was to reach 400 games, he would enter even more rarefied air, as the 400 Club consists of only Brent Harvey, Michael Tuck (Hawthorn), Shaun Burgoyne (Port Adelaide/Hawthorn), Kevin Bartlett and Dustin Fletcher (Essendon).


Scott Pendlebury

350 AFL games – Hometown: Sale

Collingwood games record holder · Most games as Collingwood captain · Collingwood premiership player · Five-time Copeland Trophy winner · Six-time All Australian · Norm Smith Medal 2010 · Current Collingwood captain · AFLPA Best Captain 2020