Since their inception in 1997, the New York Magpies have been an affiliate club of the Collingwood Football Club, the biggest professional sports club in Australia. The two clubs share a number of similarities, including the year 2010, when both sets of Magpies won their respective titles, with Collingwood taking out the 2010 AFL Premiership and New York winning the Division 1 title at the 2010 USAFL Nationals.
In August, the black and white partnership was formalized by Collingwood CEO Gary Pert who announced the New York Magpies as Collingwoodâ€™s first international supporter group. This followed a meeting in July between administrators of the two clubs at the Magpieâ€™s sponsor, The Australian Bar and Restaurant, where the two clubs discussed a global strategy aimed at growing both the game of Australian Rules and the Magpie brand in the worldâ€™s largest economy. Through the New York Magpiesâ€™ supporter network, Collingwood has now signed up over 300 international members based in the United States, to add to their 80,000 members in Australia. Collingwoodâ€™s new international members received a Magpie supporter pack including a black and white scarf and other team paraphernalia. In a TV segment announcing the partnership Pert said, â€œItâ€™s all part of our international strategy to say â€˜if you are a Collingwood supporter and you want to be connected to the club, it doesnâ€™t matter where you are in the worldâ€™â€.
See the announcement here on CollingwoodTV, staring the New York Magpieâ€™s very own Michael Murphy and Drea Casillas.