26 August 2023

Scott Pendlebury encapsulates the essence of dedication, leadership, and family values.

In the world of AFL, Scott Pendlebury or Pendles as he’s affectionally known in footy circles made history last month becoming the most prolific ball winner in the game, this is just one of numerous accolades, including multiple All-Australian selections, demonstrating his status as one of the games elite players.

His professional career took off when he was drafted by the Collingwood in 2005. Stepping onto the field for his debut in 2006, he quickly established himself as a pivotal player within the team. 

His remarkable versatility, impeccable decision-making, and uncanny ability to read the game made him an asset in various positions on the field and these exceptional skills were on full display as he led the team to victory in the 2010 AFL Grand Final, a moment that etched his name in Collingwood’s history.

His journey to becoming a Collingwood legend was not solely defined by his individual brilliance. It was his leadership qualities that truly set him apart. In 2014, he was named the captain of the Collingwood Football Club, a role that he embraced with grace and determination. Leading by example, he exhibited a level of professionalism and commitment that inspired his teammates both on and off the field. 

But beyond the football field, his philanthropic efforts and involvement in community initiatives have further solidified his status as a role model. His work with charitable organisations and his dedication to promoting positive change in society reflect his commitment to giving back.

And then its his commitment to his family that is a testament to his character. Married to Alex, the couple’s relationship has been a source of strength throughout his career.

His wife’s unwavering support has allowed him to focus on his game and excel as a leader. The birth of his son, Jax (6) and later Darcy (3) marked a pivotal moment in his life, reinforcing his belief in the importance of family values and having them involved.

“The kids are a massive inspiration for me.  I want to bring them along for the journey and involve them as much as I can, travelling to games and they even sing the team song with us when we win, just all those little things mean a lot for me. Sometimes they come to training and help run out the water and have a swim with me for recovery.  I’m super fortunate that our club operates like a big country footy club where everyone is welcome and we are just one big family”

He then went onto talk about Alex.

“My wife is an amazing mum to our kids, always there for them no matter.

She has a lot on her plate work wise but still always puts the family first no matter what and makes our life so easy, she glues the family together no doubt about that!”


He is very balanced and always gives up so much time for us as a family and no matter how his footy is going he always is in a good mood with the kids and me.


As a Collingwood legend, Pendles legacy is secure. His influence on the game, his teammates, and the fans is immeasurable, a testament to the remarkable journey he and his family have been on.

Now with finals footy in sight after a resounding victory against the Bombers.  The man who is fast approaching 400 AFL games could soon be in a Grand Final once again.

Will 2023 be the year of the Pies?

The Pendlebury family thinks so……and so do the Collingwood faithful.

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