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Beginnings: The Richmond Football Club was officially formed at the Royal Hotel in Richmond on 20 February 1885. A successful application for immediate admission to the Victorian Football Association followed – the VFA was the premier Australian football competition at this time. The club home was Punt Road Oval.

Records:
  • * Record Attendance: 91,936 in round 4 1977
  • * Most Games: 403 by Kevin Bartlett from 1965 to 1983
  • * Biggest finals crowd: 119,165 for the 1969 grand final at the MCG
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
13 Richmond 22 8 14 0 1713 2155 79.5 32

Flashback to Anzac Day 1977

Long before Collingwood and Essendon established the AFL Anzac Day tradition, Richmond was involved in a blockbuster April 25 clash of its own. Tony Greenberg reflects on the 40th anniversary of the historic 1977 Richmond v Collingwood Anzac Day match.

 

There had been a substantial sprinkling of spice added to the intense traditional rivalry between neighbouring league clubs Richmond and Collingwood leading into their Round 4 clash of the 1977 season.

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Four-time Richmond premiership coach Tommy Hafey had departed Punt Road at the end of 1976 and taken over the coaching reins at Collingwood, which was coming off a disastrous wooden-spoon season – the first in the Magpies’ history.

The Tigers had replaced Hafey with their triple premiership player Barry...


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Tigers uplifted by fans’ excitement

Cotchin press conference, April 20 Trent Cotchin speaks to the media ahead of Monday's Anzac Day eve clash against Melbourne.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin is thrilled the Tigers have given their large, loyal, passionate supporter base plenty to cheer about early in season 2017.

While Cotchin is fully aware the team still has a long way to go, he also understands how much enjoyment Yellow and Black barrackers have gained from the four wins in the opening four rounds.

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“I think our fans have the right to be excited . . . it’s our best start in a little while,” Cotchin said ahead of the big Anzac Day Eve clash with Melbourne at the MCG on Monday.

“It’s a tough game being a player, it’s a tough game being a supporter that has been starved of success for...


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Oh we're from Tigerland: Francis Bourke

Oh we're from Tigerland
Stories of being Richmond

Francis Bourke, 70, Camberwell (via Punt Road Oval, via Nathalia)

Favourite all-time Richmond player
Roger Dean – “Pound for pound he was the toughest player I ever saw. Gutsy, and so self-effacing. Neville Crowe and Mike Patterson and Billy Barrott and Freddy Swift and Roger, all those people made me feel so welcome. You never forget things like that.”

Favourite current Richmond player
Reece Conca – “I’ve always followed players who’ve had number 30 on their back, so I’m pleased to see Reece finally having a run at it, unbroken by injuries. I sympathise with him because he’s spent long periods on the side lines which must have been frustrating. I’ve never heard him complain or grizzle.”

Family shot

Francis William Bourke was born in the lee of war, into a house on Richmond Hill, to parents who crossed paths during the upheaval. His father was...


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Anzac Day Eve guernsey revealed

Jack reveals Anzac guernsey Jack Riewoldt and Jordan Lewis reveal the 2017 Anzac guernseys on AFL 360.

Richmond has unveiled its special edition Anzac guernsey, to be worn in Monday night’s Anzac Day eve match against Melbourne at the MCG.

The guernsey builds upon the foundation set with the inaugural guernsey worn in 2016.

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The 2017 version includes several key attributes which pay respect to the Anzacs and all the servicemen and servicewomen that have, and still do, protect our country.

A key feature is the 2017 Anzac logo which sits proudly on the sash.

The “Lest we forget” statement appears twice on the guernsey – on the front above the PUMA locker tag and on the reverse, above the player’s number.

New to 2017, the match details also sit above the PUMA...


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Anzac salute to a mighty Tiger warrior

In the lead-up to Anzac Day, 2017, Tony Greenberg reflects on a brave, bold “Tiger of Old”, who served his country, and his club, with tremendous pride and distinction . . .

William Nicholas Pax Cosgrove was born on November 11, 1918.

Given this was the day World War 1 officially ended – Armistice Day as it became known – he was given that middle name Pax, which, in Latin, means the “kiss of peace”.

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Cosgrove, the uncle of Australia’s current Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, was educated at Xavier College and later played football for Old Xaverians, where he was first spotted by the Richmond recruiters of the day.

They liked what they saw from the talented, courageous centre half-back, and invited him to play with the Club’s reserve-grade team in...


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High praise for Prestia and Caddy

Round 4: Don't Hold Back moments Watch the top five moments of the Round 4 win over Brisbane.

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Brisbane Lions v Richmond

Dion Prestia in action against Brisbane last Sunday night

The importance of midfield recruits Dion Prestia and Josh Caddy to the Richmond line-up has been highlighted by their Tiger teammate Kane Lambert.

Prestia and Caddy, who will both reach the AFL 100-game milestone in next Monday night’s big Anzac Day Eve clash with Melbourne at the MCG, have been valuable contributors throughout the Tigers’ unbeaten run over the opening month of the 2017 season.

But it’s not just their on-field feats that have impressed Lambert.

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“They’ve been fantastic,” Lambert told ‘ABC Grandstand’.

“The little things they do we don’t see out on the ground. Just the way they prepare...


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The VFL Report: Round 1

Richmond VFL and development coach Craig McRae provides an exclusive summary of the AFL and VFL-listed players from Sunday's big win over North Ballarat in Round 1 of the VFL.

AFL-listed players 

ANTHONY MILES

35 disposals, 20 contested possessions, 10 clearances, 11 inside 50s, two goals

‘Milesy’ played another great game at VFL level, he played well above the level, he's ready for AFL opportunity when it presents.

SAM LLOYD

27 disposals, 13 marks, five goals four behinds

Played forward for the whole game, had 27 disposals and an excellent balance of contested and uncontested possessions. He looks ready for AFL opportunity as well.

TAYLOR HUNT

24 disposals, five marks, five inside 50s

Continued to look solid at the back. He's a great organiser for us, high handball receives, and a good balancing of kicking and carrying the ball. A good performance.

JACOB TOWNSEND

21 disposals, 11...


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Tigers visit regional fans

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Shepparton product Nathan Drummond with Guthrie Street student Jamie Southall. Picture: Julie Mercer, Shepparton News

Richmond players visited Primary and Secondary Schools across Victoria on Tuesday.

Fresh off their Round 4 win against Brisbane at the Gabba, the Tigers hosted AFL Super Clinics and visited schools.

The Tigers visited the Club's Next Generation Academy Program towns Mildura, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Castlemaine and Kyneton.

Players also visited Cardinia Shire towns Pakenham and Bunyip. 

Richmond midfielder Nathan Drummond returned to Shepparton, where he grew up played junior football. 

Drummond, alongside teammates Shaun Grigg, Ben Lennon, Kamdyn McIntosh, Kane Lambert, Jayden Short, Dion Prestia and Oleg Markov, held a multicultural coaching session and a skills session for about 400 Primary School children.

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Riewoldt reaps rewards

Round 4: Jack kicks a small bag Highlights of Jack Riewoldt's Round 4 match against Brisbane.

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Brisbane Lions v Richmond

Jack Riewoldt and Shaun Grigg were voted as Richmond's best players on Sunday night

Star Richmond key forward Jack Riewoldt was the top vote-getter in the AFL Coaches Association’s Player of the Year award for the Round 4 match between the Tigers and Brisbane at the Gabba.

Riewoldt received eight votes from respective coaches Damien Hardwick (Richmond) and Chris Fagan (Brisbane) following his top-class display in the Tigers’ 52-point win.

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He collected 15 disposals, including nine contested possessions, took a team-high eight marks (six of them inside 50), had eight score involvements and kicked an equal game-high four goals.

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Talking Tigers: Episode 10, 2017

Talking Tigers: Round 5 On this week's show, the TT team dissects the Round 4 victory over Brisbane, previews the big Anzac Eve clash with Melbourne, tries to dissuade 'Richo' from going anywhere near a tennis court, karaoke bar, or predictions about Richmond players' on-field performances, and pays tribute to the top 10 Tigers who exemplified the Anzac spirit.

‘Talking Tigers’ is emulating the feats of the Richmond side with its flying start to the 2017 season.

Just like the on-field Tigers, the Talking Tigers team members are quick, slick, and in ripping nick.

Among a wide range of topics discussed on this week’s blockbuster show, the TT team dissects the Round 4 victory over Brisbane, previews the big Anzac Eve clash with Melbourne, tries to dissuade ‘Richo’ from going anywhere near a tennis court, karaoke bar, or predictions about Richmond players’ on-field performances, and...


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Grigg going great guns

Round 4: Grigg post-match Shaun Grigg speaks to Fox Footy after the Round 4 win over Brisbane.

Hard-running Richmond midfielder Shaun Grigg has taken his game to another level early in season 2017.

Grigg, who turns 29 on Wednesday (April 19), was arguably best afield in the Tigers’ 52-point win against Brisbane at the Gabba last Sunday.

He finished with 31 disposals, including a game-high 11 score involvements, game-high nine inside-50s, game-high four goal assists, team-high three centre clearances, plus six marks, four tackles, and a team-high 586 metres gained.

Four rounds into the season, Grigg is averaging 24.0 disposals, 4.8 marks, 3.8 tackles, and he’s played a significant role in Richmond’s revival through his consistent ball-winning ability, strong run and creativity.

Among the Tigers’ playing group, he is ranked No. 3 for disposals, No. 3 for inside-50s, equal No. 3 for...


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Pressure is Castagna’s key focus

Round 4: Castagna post-match Jason Castagna speaks to Roar Vision after the Round 4 win over Brisbane.

AFL 2017 Round 02 - Richmond v Collingwood

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 30: Jason Castagna of the Tigers in action during the 2017 AFL round 02 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

An AFL career-high four goals in Richmond’s 52-point victory over Brisbane at the Gabba yesterday was a bonus for lively, young, small forward Jason Castagna.
The 20-year-old has been a revelation in the Tigers’ attack this season, along with nippy, small-forward teammates Daniel Rioli and Dan Butler, through his pace, goal sense and defensive pressure.
It’s that defensive pressure, however, which is foremost in Castagna’s mind, when he lines up in the Richmond forward line.
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Lion greats laud gun Tiger forward

Round 4: Jack kicks a small bag Highlights of Jack Riewoldt's Round 4 match against Brisbane.

Former Brisbane dynamic forward duo Jonathan Brown and Alastair Lynch paid tribute to current-day Richmond star key forward Jack Riewoldt following the Tigers’ 52-point victory over the Lions at the Gabba yesterday (Sunday).

Riewoldt was one of the most influential players on the ground, finishing with 15 disposals, including nine contested possessions, three inside-50s, an equal game-high four goals, eight score involvements, plus a team-high eight marks (six of those grabs coming inside the forward 50).

Brown and Lynch, who were providing special comments throughout the match for ‘Fox Footy’, especially admired Riewoldt’s excellent work-rate.

“He works hard to set up leads,” Brown said.

“At one stage, he took an uncontested mark (inside 50), but 50-60 metres out beforehand he zigged and...


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VFL Tigers amazing goal blitz

VFL R1: Lennon kicks 6 Watch Ben Lennon kick six goals in the Round 1 VFL match against North Ballarat.

Richmond’s VFL team registered the third-highest score ever by a Tigers’ reserve-grade side in last Sunday’s mammoth opening round victory over North Ballarat at Punt Road.
And the winning margin of 188 points was the second-highest ever by the Club’s reserves.
The final score of 33.21 (219) surpassed the 31.18 (204) against North Melbourne in 1981 and the 32.19 (211) v Fitzroy in 1966.
It was just seven points short of the second-highest score by a Richmond reserves team – 34.22 (226), against South Melbourne in 1973.
The highest-ever total recorded by the Tiger ‘twos’ is 37.30 (252) against Geelong at Punt Road in 1947, with Frank Bourke, father of Club ‘Immortal’ Francis Bourke, kicking 13 goals that day.
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Strong win for VFL Tigers

VFL R1: Lennon kicks 6 Watch Ben Lennon kick six goals in the Round 1 VFL match against North Ballarat.

Richmond 33.21-219 def North Ballarat 4.7-31

The VFL Tigers started the season with a bang on Sunday afternoon, defeating North Ballarat by 188 points at Punt Road Oval.

In an impressive team performance, the VFL Tigers finished with 13 individual goal kickers for a return of 33 goals, including a haul of six for Ben Lennon and five each for Jacob Townsend and Sam Lloyd.

Richmond VFL and Development coach Craig McRae said the spread of contributors across the side reflected the team-oriented approach his side took into the game.

"It just showed that we played as a team right until the end," McRae said.

"We didn't get ahead of the game, we played for each other and the scoreboard just kept ticking over".

The VFL Tigers did not rest on their laurels at the start of the match, and...


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Rioli proving to be a man possessed

AFL 2017 Round 03 - Richmond v West Coast

Daniel Rioli's goal against the Eagles will be hard to beat for the best of the season

DANIEL Rioli's magic touch in 2017 has made him Richmond's most dangerous player when it comes to turning possessions into scores, Champion Data statistics show.

Rioli's great skill has placed him among the early contenders for Goal of the Year, but it is not only his moments of brilliance that are making him a nightmare for opponents.

The small forward has averaged 10.7 possessions a game in 2017, and he is proving that, like cousin Cyril, he does not need to win a lot of the ball to impact games.

Statistics show that when he has touched the ball and been involved in a chain of possessions this season, 48 per cent of the time it results in a Richmond score.

That is more than anyone else at the club and ranked equal 37th among the 430 AFL players involved in at least 10 possession chains this...


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'Second-tier' Tigers get it done for Dimma

Round 4: Hardwick post-match Damien Hardwick speaks to the media after the Round 4 win over Brisbane.

RICHMOND may be 4-0 for the first time since 1995, but coach Damien Hardwick is not entirely happy with his team's performance.

The Tigers were far from convincing in their 52-point victory over the Brisbane Lions, interspersing long periods of errors with flashes of brilliance.

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Hardwick thought it was only an "OK-type performance", but after a comparatively quiet game from gun Dustin Martin (16 disposals), it was a promising sign that the team did not have to depend on their stars.

"If you said to me yesterday we would win by 50-odd points I'd take it, but we probably played in spits and spurts," Hardwick said. 

"We looked good at stages and then we were...


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Tigers do the job against Lions

RICHMOND has made its best start to a season in 22 years after defeating the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Sunday.

The Tigers are now 4-0 for the first time since 1995 and continue to set the competition pace alongside Adelaide after a comfortable 17.17 (119) to 10.6 (67) victory.

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But coach Damien Hardwick isn't reading too much into it.

"Outside the footy club things will be beat up, but the reality is we’re four rounds into a long season," Hardwick said.

"So we’ve just to make sure we keep our eye on the ball.

"We haven’t beaten Melbourne I think for the last three years, so that’ll certainly be my focus and what I’ll be looking at for this [week], and they’ll be smarting after a loss on the weekend, so there’ll be two teams going hammer and tong."

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Richmond v Brisbane history snapshot

Here is a summary of the recent and overall history of the on-field battles between Richmond and Brisbane.

 

Recent history

Round 14, 2016, MCG

Richmond        5.4       9.8       14.11   17.15 (117)
Brisbane          2.0       4.0       6.3       11.9 (75)

Goals – Richmond: Riewoldt 4, Edwards 2, Lloyd 2, Menadue 2, Vlastuin 2, Cotchin, Deledio, B. Ellis, Miles, Vickery.
Leading possession-winners – Richmond: Martin 35, B. Ellis 28, Grigg 27, Miles 25, Cotchin 23, Vlastuin 22, Riewoldt 21, Deledio 20.
Goals – Brisbane: Hipwood 3, Taylor 2, Green, Hanley, Jansen, Martin, Schache, Walker.
Leading possession-winners – Brisbane: Rockliff 30, Bastinac 28, Mayes 27, Rich 25, Mathieson 24, Martin 23. 

Round 3, 2015, Gabba

Richmond        4.4       8.5       13.7     21.11 (137)
Brisbane          3.1       4.5       6.7       8.10 (58)

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Hart starter a top Tiger tonic

It’s exactly 50 years ago today that a truly memorable event in Tigerland history took place. 

On April 15, 1967, a talented teenager from Tasmania, by the name of Royce Hart, made his senior league debut with Richmond in the opening round of that season against Essendon at the MCG.

Just over six months earlier, Hart had kicked the winning goal for Richmond’s reserves in the grand final against Collingwood.

After a big pre-season, Hart was selected to line up at full-forward in the ’67 season-opener clash with the Bombers.

All Tiger eyes were on the high-flying, 19-year-old – and he certainly didn’t disappoint.

Hart had 15 disposals, took 10 marks, and had 10 shots for goal, although he managed to steer just three between the big sticks.

Interestingly, after scoring 3.7 in his debut performance, Hart was taken aside by senior coach Tommy Hafey and leading Club official Graeme...


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