The first meeting of the Richmond former players took place on 2 August 1959 at the Richmond Football Club.
Ray Dunn, then the President of Richmond, was concerned that the culture and traditions of the Club were being lost due to the lack of involvement of former players and officials. Ray contacted Jack Baggott to discuss the matter and Jack wrote to the past players and officials, inviting them to a meeting on a Sunday morning in the Board Room of Richmond Football Club. About 70 people attended.
It was moved that an association be formed and Jack Baggott was elected the inaugural President with a committee and office bearers also elected. Ray Dunn volunteered to write the constitution and gave a donation of 20 pounds to open a bank account.
Since that first year, the former players has had five outstanding presidents: Jack Baggott, Keith Cook, Des Martin, Tom Allen and Mike Perry. Peter Williams is our current President, appointed in 2015.
Some of the other wonderful contributors to the association’s committee have included Havel Rowe, Ron Reiffel, Bill Meaklim, Syd Dockendorf, Kevin Gleeson, Pat Phillips and Bruce Tempany.
In the early years, the former players would hold four or five meetings each year and they started a range of valuable social activities and functions. Some of these social activities included:
PLEASANT SUNDAY MORNINGS
About three or four of these each year were held as a major fund raiser and were attended by members and supporters
The former players association held a ‘Ladies Night’ once a year to thank wives and girlfriends for their understanding and tolerance at the absence of their men during the year due to committee duties. Up to 200 people used to regularly attend this function with the format being a Dinner Dance and live band.
An annual consultation was established that became an important fund raising activity and provided a regular predictable income each year.
ATTENDANCE AT COMBINED PAST PLAYERS FUNCTIONS FROM OTHER CLUBS
This was usually supported by providing bowls and golf teams, taking tables at other Club’s dinner dances.
SUPPORT OF THE BERRY ST FOUNDLING HOME FOR BABIES
An annual donation of $ 500 was donated to the home as part of the former player’s community involvement.
ANNUAL DONATION TO THE RICHMOND FOOTBALL CLUB
An annual donation of $ 1,000 was made to the Richmond Football Club as a show of support to the Tigers.
The former players used to run many testimonials for retiring premiership players and usually took the form of a pleasant Sunday morning. Supporters also attended and the money raised (usually about $ 1,000) was donated to the player.
Three newsletters were usually posted each year.
The former players used to make arrangements for members with a disability to be picked up from their homes and taken to a game and then returned home when they requested it.
At no cost, speakers were provided to a range of interested groups when requested.
Each December a children’s party was held at the Richmond Punt Rd oval. This is still one of the former player’s well known events and continues to this day.
FUNERAL BENEFITS SCHEME
A former player’s member could join this scheme by adding 10 shillings to his membership. On the member’s death, 25 pounds was given immediately to assist with any financial problems. By 2009 values, this may not appear to be much money, but in 1960 it proved to be a godsend to some of the members.
This award was initiated in the very early years of the former players association. The aim was to provide assistance to an outstanding schoolboy footballer at the Club. At the time, the Bursary was 100 pounds, which was a lot of money in the 1960’s. The award continued right until the late 1990’s when it was abolished because it was considered to breach the AFL salary cap (total player payments scheme).
The former players committee regularly attended funerals for deceased members and to eulogise when required. Financial assistance was also provided in addition to support for the member’s surviving wife.
Back To The 90's (Legends Game)
To all those who represented the Tigers on and off the field in the 90’s, if it wasn’t for your involvement and sacrifice during this decade the Tigers would not exist, let alone survive to be the Club we are today! People rattled money tins along Punt Road, took pay cuts and played for the love of the jumper and teammates.
The Richmond Former Players & Officials are asking you for one more effort. Come and celebrate with us at the Legend’s Cup match day function!
Last year the boys from the 80’s had a great day and now it’s “Back to the ‘90’s”! You won’t regret it! All 1990's U19’s, Reserves, Seniors & Officials and partners are welcome. ALL RFP&OA members are welcome to attend.
It is a free day including entry and seating. There is only one requirement… you must be a financial member of the Richmond Former Players & Officials Assoc.
The day begins at 11.00am at the “G” on Saturday 8th April, which is Round 3 vs West Coast, with a “Legends” game featuring former players and Corporates. If you wish to participate you can download the entry form here... http://
Following the Legends game there will be a social gathering throughout the afternoon in the Harrison Room at the G with drinks at bar prices.
After the AFL match everyone is invited back to Punt Road for drinks and finger food with the compliments of RFP&OA and RFC.
So, if you haven’t become a member of the Richmond Former Players and Officials Association yet, download the membership form http://
Having done that, and you would like to attend the 1990’s Reunion, please advise Leonie Bawden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry & seating tickets will be distributed probably in the week before the Reunion.
Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!