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"A mate, a brother, was hurting": Ted Richards reveals what it was like at the Swans during the Adam Goodes booing saga

Ted Richards played with Adam Goodes during the booing saga of 2013-15. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
21st August, 2019
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With The Australian Dream premiering in cinemas today, conversation about the last few years of Adam Goodes’ career will no doubt be reignited.

Fans have been long divided on the last few years of the dual-Brownlow medalist’s career, with this one of two recently released documentaries attempting to shine a light on the saga from Goodes’ point of view.

We recently had the opportunity to speak to Swans 2012 premiership hero Ted Richards – who was a teammate of Goodes during the saga – to get a unique internal insight into what the mood around the club was like during those volatile times.

Listen to the discussion:

Richards played 33 games for Essendon between 2002 and 2005, before crossing to Sydney ahead of the 2006 season where his career really took off.

He scored an All-Australian jumper in 2012, while also winning the flag that year in a superb campaign.

We covered the impact he felt as a close friend and teammate of Goodes, how the club discussed and dealt with it internally, as well the famous standing ovation against Adelaide in 2015.

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