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1910 Chronology

1910 Chronology


Position: Seventh
Won 7, Drew 1, Lost 10, For 937, Against 913.
Captain: Billy Schmidt
Vice Captain: Len Incigneri
Coach: Alex “Joker” Hall
Leading Goal Kicker: Mick Maguire (20)
Revenue: L1323 12s. 2d. Credit Balance: L64 10s. 1d.
Membership: 2,000 (approx.)

January
Mon. 10
The Richmond Progressive League, who want a Richmond VFA team formed to play on the City Reserve, do not show up to a meeting it had arranged with the Richmond City Council to discuss the matter.


February
Thr. 3 Richmond resolves to oppose the VFL’s district scheme because Camberwell was not conceded to Richmond. The scheme is defeated at a vote of the League on Friday.

Thr. 10 Richmond considers changing its guernsey from yellow and black stripes to black with a yellow band. The change is made official on April 15 and is intended to “... improve the appearance of the team.”


March
Thr. 10 Richmond’s annual meeting at the Crystal Palace Skating Rink draws 3,000 to 5,000 people.
Richmond reduces the number of its vice presidents from thirteen to nine.

Thr. 17 Richmond advertise for a new coach in The Argus newspaper


April
Sat. 9
Beverley defeats the reigning VFA premier, Brunswick in a practice match.


Fri 15
Jack Worrall is appointed coach of the umpires , for one year, at a salary of 120 pounds.
At the same meeting of the Victorian Football League, the committee propose umpires receive a pay increase from 2 pound 2/ per match to 3 pound 3/.
Jack Fayle, Richmonds delegate says 'Players are not paid!'.
The motion passes 17 votes to 8


Fri 22
At a League meeting, on the recommendation of the permit committee, Bill Burns life disqualification is limited to November 1 1910.


Tue. 26
Dave Smith, the Essendon champion and a son of Richmond’s first captain George Smith trains with Richmond. He will spend the season with Essendon after the Dons refuse to clear him.


Wed 27
Permits granted include Joseph McKenzie (South Bendigo to Richmond), Ernest Carter (Northcote to Richmond), John Coles (Richmond to Northcote)


Fri 29
Frank E. Ellis cleared from Williamstown to Richmond.


Sat. 30
The Prime Minister of Australia, Andrew Fisher is present at Richmond’s game against South Melbourne at South. Fisher had seen Richmond play in 1909, but this is the first time that a Prime Minister watches the club play during his term in office.
Mick Maguire debuts for Richmond at the tender age of 15 years and 328 days.
Vic Thorp makes his Richmond debut.
Photos of the game appear in Punch

May
Sat. 7
The football columnist for The Richmond Guardian, “Quiz” refers to the Richmond team as “the tigers”.
The League postpones today’s games owing to the death of King Edward VII.


Tue. 10
Tom Heaney’s apology and appeal to the club to remove his expulsion is accepted by the committee. On Thursday the players also agree to lift the suspension.


Fri. 13
The Sport reports that the committees of the Richmond Football Club and Richmond Cricket Club have been meeting recently with a view to improving the ground. The football club’s secretary Andrew Manzie wants a brick grand stand erected on the western side and the demolition of the present buildings. He also proposes a high brick wall along Punt-road thereby increasing the size of the embankment and allowing the enlargement of the play field.


Sat. 14
Richmond’s score of 16-18 (114) against Melbourne on the RCG is its highest score in League football, and the 77 point margin is its greatest win since entering the VFL.
Percy Maybury, the son of long time official William Maybury, plays his first game for Richmond.
Tom Heaney’s six goals equals Charlie Pannam’s record for the most goals kicked by a Richmond player in a League game.
Richmond wears black and purple armbands in respect to the late king.


Tue. 17
Secretary Andrew Manzie submits a code of “Rules of the club” to the committee who resolve that type written copies be made for them.

Ground: By late May two extra gates had been erected in Punt Road and new embankments were raised.
By late June, early July the “big tree” in the outer is removed to make more room for spectators.


June
Sat. 4
Les White who had registered with Essendon (April 23) and with Richmond (May 31) plays for Essendon. He will also play with the Dons on Monday. The VFL will ask White to explain his actions.

Mon. 6
Richmond players did not arrive at the St. Kilda ground until 2.45pm for their King’s Birthday match against the Saints. It seems that they stayed over at Geelong following their game there on Saturday.

Wed. 8
The social tendered to the players by the ladies’ committee attracts 180 people to the Town Hall. It is less than half the attendance of last year’s function.

Sat. 11
Collingwood uses pigeons to relay the half time scores from its game against Richmond on the RCG back home.

Sat. 18
Joe Stokesberry, Bill Lang’s (Lan Franchi’s) boxing trainer and an unofficial trainer for a few Richmond players, punches out a barracker who refused “... to moderate his language in the presence of ladies.”

Sat. 25
Richmond’s match against Essendon attracts a capacity crowd of 14,000 and generates a record RCG gate of 260 pounds.


July

Sat 2
In their match report of Richmond vs South Melbourne, 'Punch' describes Richmond's defence as 'Abbott, James and McGuire battling like striped tigers against the Southern onslaught'. It is one of the earliest reference of the Tiger moniker (along with May 7 1910, and May 19 1984)

Mon 4
In Reno Nevada, billed as the 'Fight of the Century', Jack Johnson defeats James Jeffries to retain the Heavyweight Title of the World. In Johnson's corner that day is Bill Lang.

Fri. 8
The VFL and the VFA agree that permits will not be granted unless endorsed by both bodies.

Mon. 18
Two trains collide at Richmond Station and a number of people are killed. Boiler maker and former Richmond footballer Tom Williams lends assistance freeing injured passengers. Charlie Backhouse also engages in relief work despite a wound to his head.

Sat. 30
Richmond plays its 50th League game.
Richmond 5-12 (42) draws with Geelong 6-6 (42) at the RCG. It is Richmond’s first drawn game since entering the League. Neither team scores during the last six minutes.


August
Sat. 6
Billy Schmidt becomes the first player to play 50 League games for Richmond.


September
Sat. 3
Richmond and Melbourne both select Rose of Northcote’s George O’Connor in their respective teams. O’Connor will line up with Richmond against Essendon.

Wed. 14
At the Richmond Cricket Club’s annual meeting a letter from Andrew Manzie, secretary of the Richmond Football Club is read. Manzie calls for extra accommodation at the cricket ground. In response Walter Carkeek, a cricket club committeeman proposes that the tennis courts be removed.

Sat. 17
A football game that Len Incigneri had arranged between a Richmond team and Hastings is abandoned because the Hastings ground is underwater. Andrew Manzie recalls the team and takes them to the VFL semi final at the MCG.


October
Thr. 20 Richmond’s players tender a complimentary smoke night to the secretary Andrew Manzie at Sargent’s Cafe. During the function James Charles, the first secretary, is presented with a photograph of himself and Manzie.