|Date of birth||23 November 1907|
|Original team||Hamilton Football Club|
Fitzroy (1930-1936)81 games, 70 goals
Recruited from Hamilton Football Club, Colin was solid, hard working ruckman, with tremendous stamina, who was also a good mark, especially valuable when resting in the forward lines, and combined well with champion rover Haydn Bunton (who started playing with Fitzroy in 1931).
Colin played 81 senior games for Fitzroy, and kicked 70 goals, between 1930 and 1936.
Benham's famous "in-off the small boy" goal
On Saturday 30 June 1934, Fitzroy were playing against South Melbourne at the Lake Oval in front of a crowd of 27,000, plus Baron Huntingfield, who served as Governor of Victoria from 1934 to 1939, who had come to see his first match of Australian Rules Football.
With only seconds to go in the match, with South Melbourne leading Fitzroy 13.19 (97) to 12.10 (82), Colin took a strong mark close to the goals, and went back to line up his kick.
Although a goal could not win the match for Fitzroy, there was still pride at stake.
The final bell rang out (there being no sirens in those days) and, by the time he had started to run in to kick for goal, most of his team mates had begun to run to the change-rooms.
As the same time as the ball left his boot, the local boys all started to jump the fence and they began to race towards their South Melbourne heroes in order to congratulate them, oblivious of the fact that the match was not yet over.
The ball had veered sideways off his boot and, from Colin's perspective, it was clear that it would be a behind; but, as the ball neared the goal-line, it struck one of the running boys and was deflected, off him, into the space between the two goalposts.
Because the football had not hit another player, the Goal Umpire had no alternative but to award the goal (6 points), rather than the behind (1 point) that it had otherwise been destined to be, and South Melbourne’s winning margin was reduced to nine points: 13.19 (97) to 13.10 (88).
- Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897-1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0