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Save Our Skins


The year 1986 became a period of one of the most defining times in the former players’ history as well as that of the Richmond Football Club. An opportunity arose to possibly relocate the mighty Richmond Football Club interstate and to leave its famous home. 




Brisbane or the Gold Coast was being mooted as the new home as this was before the Bears were formed.


This situation severely threatened the relationship between the former players and the Club Board and Administration. Tom Allen, as President of the former players, was resolute in his view that the Tigers would remain in Melbourne.


During this time, a number of Richmond board members resigned in a fall out at board level and Neville Crowe became president and persuaded club legend Kevin Bartlett to coach.


These two men were staunch supporters of Richmond remaining in Melbourne and were willing to work to save the Club’s financial woes. This was the start of the ‘Save our Skins’ campaign.


Although the new president and coach had stabilised the club, the matter of servicing the huge debt remained a chain around the Tigers' neck.


Because the financial situation was so grim and the Richmond Football Club was in crisis, the former players’ committee decided to donate their entire monies held in their bank account to the Club – a total of $ 25,000. This remains the largest individual donation to the campaign.


The mighty Tigers survived and the former players’ were satisfied that they played a major part in that survival.

Back To The 90's (Legends Game)

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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://www.formertigers.com.au/images/downloads/2017-legends-game.pdf

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://www.formertigers.com.au/images/downloads/2017-membership.pdf and return it before 26th March 2017.

Having done that, and you would like to attend the 1990’s Reunion, please advise Leonie Bawden at formerplayers@richmondfc.com.au or 0438 300 001 by close of business 27th March 2017.

Entry & seating tickets will be distributed probably in the week before the Reunion.

Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!

Peter Williams