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1908 Chronology

1908 Richmond Chronology


Position: Ninth (2nd last)
Won 6, Lost 12, For 940, Against 1275.
Captain: Charles Pannam
Vice Captain: Jack Hardiman
Coach: Dick Condon
Leading Goal Kicker: William Bourke (25)
Revenue: 886pounds 12s. 1d. Credit Balance: 20pounds 0s. 4d.
Membership: 1,200 (approx.)

January
Fri. 24 The Citizens Committee organise a Moonlight Concert in the City Reserve. A crowd of 2,000 attend and monies raised are intended to go towards enlarging and improving the RCG.

March
Fri. 6
Beverley decides to play at the RCG due to the support promised it by Richmond if it played under their wing.

Fri 13
At the Richmond AGM, Dunning presents the club with a large photograph of VFA star Jack Hutchinson and of VFA/VFL official Andrew Manzie.

Wed. 18
Richmond informs the League that its colours are a black and yellow striped jersey, white knickers, black hose and a yellow and black striped cap.

Fri. 20
Richmond’s committee resolves that, “... at future meetings (they will) draw up a code of rules.”

April
Ground:
The Melbourne City Council blocks the enlargement of the RCG, but, embankments are built on low lying areas, and two brick enclosed turnstiles, one outer (Punt Road) and one reserve (Park), are constructed.

Sat 4
Richmond (14 goals) def Beverley (4 goals) at the Richmond City Reserve. Dick Condon is playing coach.

Sat. 11
Former Richmond player “Mallee” Johnson plays for the Police in a practice match against Richmond.
Richmond (10.18.78) def Police (3 .9.27) at the Richmond City Reserve.

Sat 18
Richmond (15.26.116) def Sth Yarra (1.4.10) at Richmond Cricket Ground.
Goals: Carter (4), Heaney (3), Lang, Ryan, Johnson, Mahoney, Bowden, Pannam, Price, Condon, W Bourke

Mon 20
New Players (10.13.73) def Old Players (3.13.31) on the Richmond Cricket Ground.
Pannam captains the New Players, Hardiman the Old Players.

Sat 25
Richmond (10.16.76) def Leopold (3.8.26) at the Richmond Cricket Ground.
Goals: Condon (2), Lacey, Carter , O'Connell, Burns, A Johnson, E. Ryan, Heaney, Chessell

Mon 27
Richmond (7 goals) de Footscray Jnrs (4 goals).
Eight Hours Day - Richmond Cricket Ground

Thur 30
Charlie Pannam elected captain and Jack Hardiman elected vice captain, at the player's meeting.

May
Sat. 2
The RCG is filled by 8,000 to 9,000 spectators for Richmond’s first League match. Richmond 8-14 (62) defeats Melbourne 7-9 (51). Prior to the game Melbourne’s players give Richmond three cheers and Richmond respond in kind.
During the second quarter Billy Schmidt marks and kicks Richmond’s first goal in a League game.
Richmond’s first League game is played on the 23rd anniversary of its first Association game.
The ground is described as 'hard as a macadamised road'.
Punch newspaper call Richmond 'the Zebras', because of their striped guernsey (though further in the article they reference the striped Tigers). Messrs Aitken and Amos Norcott of the League and Melbourne congratulated the club on its elevation into the League. President George Bennett responded.

Sat. 23
Dick Condon captains Richmond against Essendon because Charlie Pannam and Jack Hardiman are out of the team through injury.

Sat. 30
The Richmond team is photographed prior to its game against Geelong. It is the club’s first photo as a League team.
Richmond defeats Geelong for the first time ever in a premiership match (Association or League) after 11 losses.
Richmond won despite playing without Ivor Lawson in the third quarter. Lawson was being treated for an injury sustained in a second quarter collision with Len Incigneri.
Richmond kick 4 goals in 4 minutes in the last quarter.

June
Sat. 6
A Richmond Guardian columnist criticises the RCG scoreboard because it doesn’t show the total points, only the goals and behinds kicked.
The Richmond team is photographed prior to the match against Collingwood

Mon 8
Richmond's first Monday game. South Melbourne defeat Richmond by 14 points.
At half time, a Sth Melbourne girl standing near the goal post has her handbag stolen containing 2 pound, a gold ring and papers.
VFA players attend the match.

Sat. 13
Richmond loses to Carlton by 88 points. The margin is Richmond’s greatest loss (Association and League) under the points system introduced in 1897.

Sat. 20
Richmond’s captain Charlie Pannam returns to the team.
The Richmond Guardian states that the RCG is popularly known as “the saucer” due to its diminutive size.
“Old Player” in The Richmond Guardian criticises the Richmond players for not keeping their places.

Sat. 27
Richmond plays its first League game at the MCG. Melbourne 11-16 (82) defeats Richmond 1-6 (12).
Herbert Hill is disqualified for two matches for striking Wally Sykes, a Melbourne player and a former Richmond team mate. Hill is the first registered Richmond player to be disqualified by the VFL.

July
Sat. 11
Ted Ohlson is knocked-out in the second quarter against Fitzroy. Some supporters believe The Argus writer “Observer” is responsible because his recent accusation that Ohlson was rough may have made Ted a “marked man”.

Sat. 18
William Mahoney is presented with a silver hot water kettle at the half-time interval of Richmond’s home match against Essendon. It was “... on behalf of the lady members of the club, for his manly and gentlemanly conduct on and off the field.”


August
Sat. 8
Richmond suffers its largest ever (Association and League) defeat. It loses to South Melbourne by 92 points.
Thr. 13
An Overflow Concert is held on behalf of Tom Heaney. Tom was hospitalised in June with pleurisy and pneumonia.

Sat. 15
New Zealand’s football team are led onto the RCG and cheered at half-time of Richmond’s game against Carlton.
The New Zealanders had been using the RCG as its training base for the first Australasian Football Carnival. Dick Condon coached the New Zealanders.
Richmond’s new scoreboard has its debut. Total points are recorded and it is high enough to be seen all over the ground.

Wed. 19
Richmond Tradesmen defeats Footscray Tradesmen at Victoria Park to win the Wednesday Junior Association premiership.

Fri. 21
Bill Luff, Richmond’s representative in Victoria’s carnival squad, becomes the first Richmond player to represent the League. Bill will play in all three of Victoria’s games and thus help the Vics win the competition.

Sat. 22
Richmond official and former Beverley player Jack Archer plays for the Bevs. He will also play the following week.
September

Sept
Thr. 3
Current Richmond player Bill Lang (Lan Franchi) fights Tommy Burns for boxing’s World Heavyweight Championship at South Melbourne. He knocks down Burns in the second round with a left hook, but Bill recovered before the 10 count. Burns then knocked-out Lang in the sixth round.

Sat. 5
Richmond’s score of 16-11 (107) against St. Kilda at the RCG marks the first time Richmond scored over 100 points in a League game.
Richmond adds 8-4 (52) in the final quarter. It is the greatest total for a quarter that the club has yet kicked in League football and equal second overall.
Charlie Pannam kicks six goals. The greatest number yet by a Richmond player since the club entered the League.
Stones are thrown at some St. Kilda players and one struck Joe Prince in the face.

Tue. 8
Richmond’s long-serving president George H. Bennett dies. He had been president since 1887.

Fri. 11
The lady members treat Richmond’s players to a social at the Town Hall. Frank Tudor presents a football mounted on a stand to Mr Stewart (who was acting on behalf of Jack Hutchinson) for 1907 goalkicking. Hutchinson was in Bendigo with his team Footscray.