Bervin Woods

Bervin Robert Woods (9 January 1910 13 January 2002)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for Collingwood in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the late 1930s.

Bervin Woods
Woods in 1935
Personal information
Full name Bervin Robert Woods
Date of birth 9 January 1910
Place of birth Koondrook, Victoria
Date of death 13 January 2002(2002-01-13) (aged 92)
Original team(s) Brunswick / Mortlake
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1935–1940 Collingwood 110 (6)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1940.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Despite spending only six seasons at Collingwood, Woods played in five Grand Finals, all in succession from 1936 to 1940. These included premierships in 1935 and 1936. He was mostly a defender and could also played effectively in the ruck.

Woods was involved in controversy in the 1950 VFL pre-season when he left his job as coach of Collingwood's reserves to replace the retired Jock McHale as senior coach.[2]

As the club were seeking a non-playing coach, Phonse Kyne announced his retirement and applied for the job — the five applicants were Harry Chesswas, Harry Collier, Phonse Kyne, Harold Rumney, and Bervin Woods[2] — but Kyne was passed up in favour of Woods. The majority of Collingwood supporters were not happy to see Woods get the job ahead of Kyne and jeered both him and the committee during a practice game in April.

Woods withdrew his application for the role within five days of his appointment and returned to the reserves.[3]

The affair resulted in the sacking of long-standing committee men Harry Curtis and Bob Rush.



  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.
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