Peter Daicos in 2009
|Nickname(s)||The Macedonian Marvel|
|Date of birth||20 September 1961|
|Original team(s)||Preston RSL|
Round 4, 1979, Collingwood|
vs. St Kilda, at Victoria Park
|Height||184 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (198 lb)|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1993.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Peter Daicos (born 20 September 1961 in Fitzroy, Victoria) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played his entire 250-game career with the Collingwood Football Club in the VFL/AFL.
He is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the Australian Football League, and is a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame. During his 250-game career, his league honours include a premiership and kicking the 1991 Goal of the Year. He also represented his home state of Victoria a total of five times.
Daicos is considered to be one of Collingwood's all-time greats, being named in the club's Team of the Century, leading the club's goalkicking for five seasons, winning the best and fairest twice, and playing in the club's drought-breaking 1990 premiership.
He was raised in a family background with the Macedonian language spoken at home and church services attended on Sundays but with an important difference being his interest in Australian rules football instead of soccer, including playing with the school team whilst at Preston East High School.
Peter debuted with the Collingwood Football Club in round 4, 1979, against St Kilda, in what was, at the time, the largest winning margin in VFL/AFL history (179 points). He went on to play 250 games (for 549 goals) with the Magpies until his retirement in 1993, and he won a premiership with them in 1990; he kicked Collingwood's first goal in that match.
In the 1990 season, Daicos scored 97 goals playing mostly from forward pocket, a feat made all the more remarkable because he was considerably shorter than many full-forwards of the era, and was not playing in the traditional position of a spearhead full-forward. His skills in scoring from impossible angles, as well as his ability to get rid of defenders, led pundits to start naming him The Magician.
In 2005, Peter Daicos became coach at a local club called the Greythorn Falcons, and in 2006 he coached them to an 80-point win in the Grand Final.
In 2007/08, he launched SportzStats, a hybrid online/offline sports statistics tracking and diary system for junior players in various sports, and, as of 2009, he is also a weekly guest tipper on the Score Five Footy tipping game.
In 2010, Daicos resumed commentating duties with the AFL Live radio team. Nowadays, his name is regularly used by journalists and Australian football fans as an adjective to describe a difficult goal scored from the boundary in play, especially one that is dribbled along the ground in a controlled manner; for example, a 'Daicos goal'.