1907 Chronology

1907 Chronology

Position: Third
Won 14, Lost 5, For 1424, Against 835.
Captains: Alec. Edmond, Charlie Pannam
Vice Captain: Jack Hardiman
Leading Goal Kicker: Jack Hutchinson (67) (VFA LGK)
Revenue: L577 7s. 1d. Credit Balance: L15 18s. 10d.

During 1907 Richmond’s secretary Andrew Manzie, and its VFA delegates Jack Fayle and Hector Milne, secretly approach some League officials. They seek Richmond’s admission into the VFL for the 1908 season.

Mon. 4
Boxing’s future world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson knocks out Bill Lan Franchi in a bout at the Richmond Racecourse.

Fri. 15
The VFA passes a resolution disqualifying any Association club that plays against a League team.

Thr. 28
Richmond, who, alone amongst Association clubs are in favour of playing practice games against League teams, meet with the VFA executive on this matter. Richmond are forced to cancel all arrangements with League clubs except that against Geelong.

Sat. 30
Richmond 11.12.78 defeats League team Geelong 7.19.61 on the RCG.

___ The City Reserve is let to a Port Melbourne football club Railway United. Beverley, who was outbid, plays most of its home games at the Friendly Societies’ Ground in 1907.

Tue. 16
Ex-Richmond and now Melbourne secretary George Peckham-Beachcroft is a guest at a Richmond Football Club committee meeting.

Sat. 27
Richmond 17-24 (126) defeats the junior team Leopold 0-3 (3). The 123 point win is a new club record.

Sat. 4
The RCG hosts its 200th Richmond premiership game.

Sat. 25
Alec. Edmond becomes the first player to captain Richmond for the 100th time in a premiership game. Richmond defeats North Melbourne at the RCG.

Tue. 4
The committee decides that Alec. Edmond is to explain his on and off field conduct at the West Melbourne game to the committee on Saturday evening.

Thr. 6
Alec. Edmond resigns as Richmond’s captain and as a player.

Sat. 8
Ernest McDonald vice captains the VFA against South Australia at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground. Jack Hutchinson kicks three goals for the Association.

Tue. 11
The committee resolves to secure ex-Collingwood player Charlie Pannam.

Sat. 15
Charlie Pannam is unanimously elected captain. Over the coming months he would instruct Richmond in the Collingwood system.

Sat. 22
Jack Hutchinson kicks a club record eight goals against Brunswick at Brunswick.

Tue. 25
E. “Ted” Brown is refused a clearance because he stated the wrong year on his application sheet.

Sat. 27
A crowd of 12,000 watch Richmond defeat Williamstown on the RCG. Richmond, Williamstown and West Melbourne are equal on wins.
Jack Hutchinson and Robert Bowden represent the VFA against South Australia in Adelaide.

Sat. 3
Jack Hutchinson equals his club record of eight goals in a game against North Melbourne at North.

Tue. 13
Richmond receives a letter from Billy Schmidt regarding playing for the club.

Sat. 17
With Port Melbourne losing at home, Port barrackers broke the western fence and invaded the ground just prior to time being called. The umpire, Tim Lane and Richmond are forced to run the gauntlet of an angry mob to their rooms and later the railway station.

Thr. 22
Owing to the lack of protection at the Port Melbourne Cricket Ground, the VFA decides that no further matches will be played there.

Wed. 28
William McCance dies of consumption at the age of 25. He is possibly the first Richmond premiership player to pass on.

Fri. 6
In an open letter Andrew Manzie denies rumours that Richmond threw its game against Footscray the week earlier.

Sat. 7
Jack Hutchinson, with five goals against Prahran today, breaks Albert Thurgood’s Victorian goal kicking record of 63 goals. Thurgood set the record with Essendon in 1893 and equalled it 1894. Ultimately Hutchinson kicks 67 goals for Richmond this season.

Sat. 14
The VFL receives a letter from University applying to join the League.
Training: Richmond trains at the MCG during the week preceding the second semi final because the RCG is being top-dressed.

Sat. 21
West Melbourne defeats Richmond before 12,000 spectators in a VFA semi final at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground. It would be Richmond’s 434th and last VFA game.
Richmond wears a new uniform of yellow and black striped jumpers, and black shorts and socks.

Fri. 4
University is admitted to the VFL.

Sat. 5
Richmond formally decides to apply for admission to the League at a meeting at the Swan Hotel

Fri. 18
Richmond is admitted to the VFL at a special meeting at the Port Phillip Club Hotel.
The Australasian would state on April 25 1908 that on form, for many years the club has proved itself the pick of the Association, both financially and in efficiency in the field, and the League were justified in offering the vacant position to them, rather than to combined West and North Melbourne. The Richmond club has a big united district at its back, and a very strong and enthusiastic following, and its team has been strengthened since last year.

Tue. 22
Richmond tenders its resignation from the Association.

Thr. 12
The Richmond Football Club agrees to appoint a subcommittee of three, to meet with three representatives from the Richmond Cricket Club and three representatives of the Citizens Committee regarding the control of improvements to the RCG.