for the

 2010 AFL Handball Championship

Steele Sidebottom today took out the handball competition at the launch of The Official Collingwood Illustrated Encyclopedia at Angus & Robertson’s Bourke Street store, beating teammate Dale Thomas 3-2. When asked if he was the better handballer, Sidebottom responded: “I am now.”

This updated edition of the encyclopedia includes profiles of the new inductees in the club’s Hall of Fame (including the 1990 Premiership team, inducted 20 years after the match that validated it), the magic moments such as Jack Anthony’s last-gasp semi-final goal against Adelaide in 2009, and all the headline-grabbers from the last five years – including the appointment of Nathan Buckley as assistant coach for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, before taking over as coach for the following three seasons.

The Official Collingwood Illustrated Encyclopedia is published by The Slattery Media Group – official publishers and photographers of the AFL – and is available from today at all good bookstores. RRP $59.95. Visit for more information. This book is a must-have for any Collingwood fan.

Be sure to pruchase your copy from the  Collingwood FC Superstore 
 to ensure that all proceeds go to your club


DATE: Today – Thursday, July 1, 2010

TIME: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

LOCATION: Angus & Robertson, 
360 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Dale Thomas
and Steele Sidebottom
will visit Angus & Robertson’s Bourke Street store today, to launch The Official Collingwood Illustrated Encyclopedia – the complete, up-to-date history of Australia’s most famous sporting club.

Thomas and Sidebottom will battle it out in a handball competition before moving to sign copies of the book. Fans who have their books signed will also have the opportunity to have a photo taken with the players.

Free Collingwood themed balloons will be handed out to fans and those school children attending the signing on their Term 2 break, will be provided with details on how to enter a Collingwood colouring competition – which could see them winning their very own-signed copy of The Official Collingwood Illustrated Encyclopedia, a Collingwood team canvas and an AFL Photos voucher.

About the authors

Glenn McFarlane
For the past two decades, McFarlane has been a sports journalist with the Sunday Herald Sun. He is currently the newspaper’s assistant editor of sport and a senior reporter.  McFarlane barracks for Collingwood because his grandfather, Charlie Dibbs, played in fi ve premierships with the Magpies.

Michael Roberts
Roberts dreamed of playing for Collingwood from an early age. When those dreams were thwarted by a lack of ability and commitment, he turned instead to journalism. He has since written a number of books on the Magpies, including the highly acclaimed A Century of the Best, Collingwood at Victoria Park, The Barrackers Are Shouting and
The Machine. When not writing about Collingwood, he runs media company Media Giants.

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