MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies celebrates on the final sirern during the round 12 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 05, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Since commencing his AFL career during Round 1 of the 2006 season, legendary Magpie Scott Pendlebury has become a household name capable of re-writing several record books.

With his ability to nonchalantly turn a 50-50 contest in the favour of his side, the former skipper has earned a reputation for not only winning the ball, but remaining unflustered as he moves it on.

It must be something to do with that basketball background.

Now less than 20 games shy of joining the league's illustrious 400-game club, Pendlebury has already wracked up multiple records across the course of his 18-year career, including the most recorded disposals, handballs, tackles and uncontested possessions in competition history.

However, after racking up 25 touches during Collingwood's preliminary final win last Friday, all before an MCG crowd of 97,665, the 2010 Norm Smith medallist is on the verge of re-writing another lesser-known chapter of the history books.

While Pendlebury has some way to go before knocking off North Melbourne's Brent Harvey for the most games in V/AFL history, the six-time All-Australian is on the verge of becoming the most watched footballer of all-time.


Player Career Attendance Total Career Games Average Attendance
Dustin Fletcher 19,298,044 400 48,245
Scott Pendlebury 19,282,070 382 55,249
Steele Sidebottom 15,179,729 308 54,603
Dane Swan 14,173,683 258 54,937
Shaun Burgoyne 14,060,437 407 34,547
Kevin Bartlett 13,947,510 403 34,609
Travis Cloke 13,878,882 256 54,214
Jack Riewoldt 13,854,933 347 39,923
Kade Simpson 13,583,535 342 40,507
Brendon Goddard 13,517,584 334 40,472


Having signed a one-year extension in June, the 35-year-old appears a lock to break this particular record in due time.

The former Collingwood skipper will almost certainly break Fletcher's record in what will be his fifth AFL Grand Final appearance.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 01: Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies walk off the field after losing the round 23 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Obviously, nothing is set in stone, but with a grand total of 12,932,869 people having turned out for Collingwood's previous 190 finals at an average of more than 68,067 per game, knocking off the remaining 15,975 will be chump change in comparison.