Tony Shaw was recruited to Collingwood from Reservoir-Lakeside to make his debut in 1977 alongside brother Ray. He was a small midfielder at 170cm who didn't have the likes of natural ability or quality skills but his courage and determination made him a fine rover. He did struggle in his early years to get a senior spot cemented, but in the 1980s he would have done so. Shaw played in the 1980 and 1981 losing Grand Final sides, and would continue to be a loved player beyond the boundary for the way he went about his football, and his loyalty to the 'Black and White'.
In 1984, Shaw would win the Copeland Trophy as the Magpies' best and fairest player for the season, as well as playing with second brother Neville. It was a big year for Shaw as he would earn even more respect, and stick it up his early critics. After another couple seasons of the club failing to make the finals, Shaw would take over the captaincy.
Hard work took place, and was finally achieved in 1990 when Shaw captained the club to a historic premiership, the club's first in 32 years. Shaw's inspirational footy on the day would help the team defeat Essendon, and Shaw's 35 touches saw him earn the Norm Smith Medal as best on ground. In the same season, Shaw would be the fine leader winning his second Copeland Trophy.
In 1991, against the Brisbane Lions when the quarters were still 25 min (the length of the quarters was changed to 20 min in 1994) , Shaw had 50 disposals which is the second most disposals in a game (trailing Greg Williams' record of 53 set in 1989).
Injuries would get the better of him in years to come, but he would continue impressing as a centreman despite the constant struggle of getting on the park injury-free. At the end of 1993 he was considering retirement but played on, despite handing the captaincy to premiership team-mate Gavin Brown. 1994 would be his last year, but he would make the most of it, making records. In round 9, against North Melbourne, he would play his 300th game, and 9 weeks later against Footscray, he would break Gordon Coventry's club VFL/AFL games record of 306 games. Shaw's last game would be played at the WACA in an elimination final which would see heartbreak as the Pies failed by two points.
Shaw retired in a tearful farewell with 313 VFL/AFL games to his name and 159 goals.
In 1996 Tony took over as the senior coach of his beloved Magpies where he blooded many young players who went to be great servants of the club. At the end 1999 he stood down when the club secured high profile coach Mick Malthouse.
Shaw became a respected media commentator after his coaching role, commentating on radio for 3AW before joining the Fox Footy Channel as a commentator/special comments for several seasons.
In 1991, Shaw was appointed Moomba Monarch.
Tony enjoys following horse racing and has been a owner of horses in the past. Tony regularly works at the Spring Carnival in corporate functions.
Tony Shaw travels from Victoria Australia
"The team were so PATIENT. I was getting frustrated going through the process of deciding and getting the right budget but the team were full of suggestions and nothing seemed too hard."
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