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AFL Top 100: Nicknames : Richmond 40 to 21

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Roar Guru
25th January, 2022
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40. “Dick’ . Not the most unusual nickname around, but a chance to include Richard Harold Clay who played a key role during one of the most successful eras in Richmond’s history.

39. “Andy”. Anthony W. Brannan At 164cm and 55kg Anthony W. Brannan was one of the smallest players ever to represent the Richmond Football Club.

38. “Arthur” . William Stanley McKenzie (1958).

37. “Larry” . Donald Rowe (1958). From Hampton Scouts.

36. “Joe”#1. Arthur Murdoch (1927). A big rugged defender who was an excellent high mark and long kick and used his weight to advantage.

35. “Joe”#2. John H. Rowe (1924), From Eaglehawk.

34. “Joe”#3. Francis Joseph Reilly was a rugged back pocket in Richmond’s loss to Essendon in the 1942 VFL grand final. He worked in the police force and in 1946 transferred to Ballarat, where he joined the East Ballarat Football Club, as coach.

33. “Billy”#1. As well as “Joe’s”, the Tigers appear to have an affinity with “Billy”. William V. Rudd (1917) was from South Yarra and wäs the first “Billy.

32. “Billy”#2. William Barrot (1961) was an explosive centreman from Jordanville who was a brilliant kick, he played in the 1967 and 1969 premierships, won the 1965 Best andamp; Fairest and played for Victoria 11 times.

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31. “Billy”#3. Two years later, William Brown arrived at Tigerland in 1963. A brilliant winger who was converted to roving, Brown established himself as a great Tiger favourite. Speedy and courageous, Brown also played in the 1967 and 1969 premiership sides.

30. “Max” . Andrew McE. Hislop was scrupulously fair an a great dasher of the mark, he had great pace and strength and could pluck marks with ease. Hislop had earlier played at Melbourne and Collingwood with little success.

29. “Ricky”. Another player more known by his nickname than his given name. Roderick C. McLean (1966) was a strong, rough and tough forward who served 30 weeks of suspension during his career.

28. “Snowy” . Norm McIntosh (1920) was recruited from South Fremantle, where he had played for ten seasons including the 1916 and 1917 premiership teams, McIntosh was Richmond’s first major recruit from Western Australia.

27. “Ivo” . J.B. Lawson (1904). A defender from Williamstown who was vice captain in 1919 .

26. “Ginger”. Bob Stewart (1922) also hailed from Williamstown.

25. “Bull”. Nearly every club has a “Bull” and my favourite at Richmond was Alan Richardson, father of goal kicking champion, Matthew. A strong bullocking ruck rover, Alan Richardson was recruited from Casterton and played in the Tigers’ 1967 premiership side.

24. “Chum”. Recruited from Latrobe in Northern Tasmania, Rueben Reid was a centre-halfback whose career at Richmond was interrupted by a broken leg.

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23. “Polly”. Not the famous Geelong one, but the Tiger version: William J Perkins (1940) was a solid defender from Noble Park. The English born Perkins was a reliable backman for many years. He was a half back flanker in the 1943 side and was one of Richmond’s best three players in both that grand final and again the following year.

22. “Barney”. William Nolan (1914) was a big ex Brighton Juniors player who died in World War 1. He had been developing as a fine player before going to war. Before he left on the troop ship he told a mate he wouldn’t see him again.

21. “Fritz”. Fred Heifner (1929) was an ex Richmond districts player and was a tough, bullocking player who played in the grand finals of 1929 (his first year), 1931 and in the premiership in 1932.

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