Have the Colliwobbles risen from the grave?
IN 1990 10,000 people watched Lou Richards deliver the last rites of the Colliwobbles.
In a ceremony at Victoria Park following the drought-breaking premiership against Essendon, the Magpies legend watched the ashes of seven successive Grand Final defeats be laid to rest then declared: "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, the Colliwobbles are buried and once again it's them against us."
Joyous fans thought a new dawn of Grand Final success lay ahead. Unfortunately, it hasn't quite worked out like that.
After burying 32 years of heartache, here's a recap of Collingwood's seven Grand Final appearances in the past 27 years. Pies fans may want to sit down before reading on.
2002 - LOST TO BRISBANE LIONS BY NINE POINTS
Mick Malthouse led an underdog team all the way to the Grand Final and pushed the mighty Lions to the final minutes, when a Jason Akermanis goal sealed the win. The coach consoling a tearful Paul Licuria after the siren is the indelible image of the day.
2003 - LOST TO BRISBANE LIONS BY 50 POINTS
Collingwood defeated Brisbane in the qualifying final and powered past Port Adelaide in the prelim, but Grand Final preparations were rocked by a suspension to gun forward Anthony Rocca. The Lions led from start to finish with Simon Black picking up 39 disposals and Akermanis kicking five goals.
2010 - DREW WITH ST KILDA, WON REPLAY BY 56 POINTS
Collingwood led by four goals at halftime but were mown down by a Brendon Goddard-inspired St Kilda, with a very late Travis Cloke goal and a bad bounce for Stephen Milne saving the day. The next week Heath Shaw's smother set the tone as the Pies ran away with a big win.
2011 - LOST TO GEELONG BY 38 POINTS
The Pies lost just two games in the home-and-away season - both to Geelong - but led by seven points at three-quarter time on Grand Final day. It was all the Cats from there though, booting 5.4 to 0.3 in Mick Malthouse's last game as Magpies coach.
2018 - LOST TO WEST COAST BY FIVE POINTS
Predicted by most experts to miss the finals for a fifth straight season, Collingwood defied the critics, and a string of injuries, to make the eight, demolish premiership favourite Richmond in a prelim and burst out of the blocks with the first five goals on Grand Final day. The Pies still led 28 minutes into the last quarter. Enter Dom Sheed to inflict more Magpie misery.