Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse in 2010.
Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse in 2010. JULIAN SMITH

Magpies give life membership to Malthouse

COLLINGWOOD has made premiership-winning coach Mick Malthouse a life member.

The announcement was made at the Magpies' annual general meeting on Monday night.

Malthouse joined Collingwood in 2000 with the club anchored to the bottom of the ladder. He went on to coach 286 games, with his record reading 163-121-2.

"I really am humbled because I know what it means to be a life member at Collingwood," Malthouse said.

"You don't get chosen unless you have contributed to the football club. When I look back through the ranks of people who have been chosen to be life members of this football club, there are some fantastic names."

The Magpies played finals in eight years under Malthouse and achieved the ultimate success in 2010 when they defeated St Kilda to secure the club's first premiership in 20 years.

He would only lead one more year, with the master coach agreeing to step down at the end of 2011 as part of the controversial succession plan with Nathan Buckley.

Malthouse's final game in black and white was the 2011 grand final loss to Geelong.

"When I became senior coach in 2000, the club was on the bottom. I know we were broke and our change rooms weren't exactly modern," Malthouse told the club's website.

"In this case Eddie (McGuire) had a vision and we were prepared to live to that vision. To see where the football club was when I finished in 2011 and now, it is a tremendous growth."

Under Malthouse, Collingwood also played in grand finals in 2002 and '03.

Thanks largely to Malthouse's coaching exploits, the Magpies pushed the all-conquering Brisbane to the brink of defeat in 2002.

"In many respects we certainly weren't the second best side in the competition. We were a long way down that track," Malthouse said.

"Through great determination, through wonderful team spirit and by a reluctance to give any ground, we fought our way into a grand final and went down. But I think it is no sin to have lost to Brisban ... who were a wonderful team and we got very, very close to them."

Meanwhile, 2010 premiership players Chris Dawes and Alan Toovey were also named life members on Monday night.

Dawes, who was drafted to Collingwood in 2006, played in 71 games for the Magpies before being traded to Melbourne at the end of the 2012 season.

Toovey is one of the club's greatest rookie list success stories, going on to play 159 games for the club over his 10 years in black and white.