DOB: 11 March 1951
MFC Debut: Round 12, 1975 against Footscray at Western Oval
Last Game: Round 18, 1980 against North Melbourne at Arden Street
Number: 13 1975-1978, 3 1979-1980
Leading Goalkicker - 1978
Victorian state player - 1978
Games: 77 (121 total)
Goals: 106 (154 total)
Originally linked to the Demons in a swap for Ray Biffin before the 1974 season, Coles remained at Collingwood. He was eventually cleared to the Demons in June 1975 after 44 games for the Magpies over five and a half seasons, becoming the first player to cross from another side in the middle of a season since John Kerr in 1958.
A fiery character, the rover caused controversy in his 100th game when he was suspended for a week after twice verbally abusing umpire Bill Deller over disputed free kicks. The incident came just nine days after Coles made his debut for Victoria against the ACT.
After being a regular in his first three seasons Coles played just four games in 1979 after suffering a knee injury. The issue meant he started 1980 in the Reserves and was restricted to seven appearances. Once he made it to the seniors he was fined $600 and suspended for a week after being involved in a locker room punch-up with captain-coach Carl Ditterich. His future at the club was already in question, a few weeks earlier he'd been approached by VFA side Dandenong to join them for the rest of the year but he decided to stick with Melbourne.
Coles remained on the list in 1981 but did not play senior football.
|Round 5, 1977||Striking||2 matches|
|Round 19, 1977||Striking||2 matches|
|Round 11, 1978||Abusive Language||1 match|
Two clubs in the same season
Age - 22/12/1973
Inside Football - 03/05/1979
Age - 18/06/1975
Age - 20/07/1978
Inside Football - 20/03/1980
Inside Football - 27/03/1980
Age - 17/06/1980
Age - 18/07/1980