1913 Chronology

1913 Chronology

1912, 1914

Position: Seventh
Won 6, Lost 12, For 1034, Against 1090.
Captain: Hughie James
Vice Captain: Edward Farrell
Coach: Ernest Jenkins
Leading Goal Kicker: Percy Martyn (32)
Revenue: 1648 pounds 6s. 2d. Credit Balance: 62 pounds 7s. 4d.
Membership: 2,173

Thr. 20
Richmond decides to “go with the times” and has a telephone installed (first proposed in March 1908) at secretary George Beachcroft’s home. Richmond’s first phone number is: Windsor 2569.

Thr. 13
At Richmond’s annual meeting Jack Archer is elected treasurer unopposed. James McDermott had resigned the treasurership in __.

Thursday 20
Richmond advertise for a coach, and two assistant trainers for the 1913 season.

Sat. 29
South Park defeats the Richmond Footballers’ Cricket Club by 88 runs in the final of the Victorian Junior Cricket Association 3rd rate competition.

Wed. 9
The Richmond District Junior Football Association is founded by eight clubs at a meeting in the Richmond Football Club’s training room. The Richmond Football Club intends to provide the first prize.

Fri 18
George Beachcroft tenders his resignation as secretary after an item he wanted to charge to the club was objected to. The committee accepts his resignation and appoints William Lohse, a new committeeman and Beverley’s former secretary, as Beachcroft’s replacement.

Tue. 22
It is published that Charlie Ricketts will not be playing for South Melbourne this year. A Richmond official who heard the news became particularly anxious for Charlie to sign with the Tigers and so he speeds about the Melbourne in his motor car looking for him.

Fri. 25
George Beachcroft cancels the meeting he called for tonight at the Town Hall because, “... it will split the club.”

Sat. 26
GEELONG 3-6 3-8 6-12 7-13 (55)
RICHMOND 1-0 1-4 1-4 5-7 (37)
Goals: Burns (2), A. Heath, Maybury, Reeves
Corio Cricket Ground

Training: The committee decides that any player who does not attend at the pavilion on training nights without a reasonable excuse will have his allowance “docked”.

Sat. 3
RICHMOND 2-1 5-3 10-6 11-12 (78)
ESSENDON 4-4 8-6 10-10 13-11 (89)
Goals: Martyn (4), Hall (2), Keggin (2), Maybury (2), Ricketts
Richmond Cricket Ground attendance: 10,000 - 12,000
Richmond led Essendon by seven points with five minutes remaining in the match but the Dons kicked three unanswered goals to steal an unlikely victory.
Charlie Ricketts plays his first game for Richmond since the 1905 VFA Grand Final. It is 2,758 days since his last for the club.
Vic Thorp misses his first game since he joined the Tigers in 1910 after 55 consecutive appearances.

Sat. 10
SOUTH MELB. 3-0 4-4 6-4 8-9 (57)
RICHMOND 3-1 6-1 8-2 9-2 (56)
Goals: Maybury (4), Martyn (2), H. James, Keggin, N. Richardson
South Melbourne Cricket Ground attendance: 8,000
Richmond suffer a one point defeat to South Melbourne at the South Melbourne Cricket Ground. Richmond is yet to win a game (Association or League) at this venue.
Jack Archer had promised each player a hat if they had won but he was so pleased with them that he records the size of each player’s head immediately after the game.
The Richmond Guardian’s “Sundry Squibs” column refers to the RCG as the “Punt-road reserve”.

Sat. 17
RICHMOND 2-2 5-6 7-11 9-14 (68)
ST. KILDA 2-7 3-7 7-10 7-12 (54)
Goals: Martyn (3), Hall (2), W. Mahoney (2), Hutton, Ricketts
Richmond Cricket Ground

Sat. 24
COLLINGWOOD 1-5 5-6 6-11 9-16 (70)
RICHMOND 1-2 4-5 6-10 6-12 (48)
Goals: H. James (2), Keggin (2), Hall, D. Moffatt
Victoria Park

Sat. 31
FITZROY 1-1 3-2 5-6 6-7 (43)
RICHMOND 1-1 2-1 3-1 5-6 (36)
Goals: Hall (2), W. Mahoney, Maybury, Walker
Fitzroy Cricket Ground

Sat. 7
RICHMOND 1-5 4-7 7-10 8-13 (61)
CARLTON 2-1 4-5 7-7 10-7 (67)
Goals: Keggin (3), Hall (2), W. Mahoney (2), N. Richardson
Richmond Cricket Ground
Former player Bill Lan Franchi (Lang) pays a visit to the Richmond dressing room. Lan Franchi is a professional boxer and intends to train with the club.
Jack Main, a former Richmond player now residing in Sydney, plays for the New South Wales Australian Football team against Queensland.

Mon. 9
RICHMOND 1-0 2-6 5-8 7-10 (52)
MELBOURNE 4-5 5-7 5-9 5-10 (40)
Goals: Keggin (3), Martyn (2), Burns, Hall
Richmond Cricket Ground
Richmond defeats Melbourne by two goals. Ex-Richmond and current Melbourne secretary Andrew Manzie visits Richmond’s dressing room after the match to congratulate the players.

Sat. 14
UNIVERSITY 0-2 1-5 2-8 5-10 (40)
RICHMOND 4-4 5-9 9-9 12-11 (83)
Goals: Martyn (6), Hall (2), Keggin (2), Maybury, Ohlson
Melbourne Cricket Ground attendance: 9,892
Percy Martyn’s six goals against University equals Charlie Pannam’s and Tom Heaney’s record for the most goals kicked by a Richmond player in a League game.
The Richmond Cricket Club, after years of applications, gains permission to increase the size of their ground to the north-west.
A design for a proposed grandstand at the RCG had been prepared by Thomas Watts & Son.

Sat. 21
RICHMOND 5-2 6-4 8-8 12-9 (81)
GEELONG 4-3 5-8 7-11 8-15 (63)
Goals: Keggin (2), W. Mahoney (2), Martyn (2), Phillips (2), Hall, Maybury, Morgan, Ricketts
Richmond Cricket Ground
Richmond plays its 100th League game and the RCG hosts its 50th. Richmond marked the occasion by defeating Geelong.

Fri. 27
The Sport reports that Ted Farrell had resigned as Richmond’s vice captain in order to help him recover from a neck injury.

Mon. 23
The RCG fence is “thrown over the extra ground” granted by the Parks and Gardens Trust.

Sat. 28
Richmond defeats Essendon and in doing so wins four consecutive League games for the first time.

Sat. 5
Richmond’s game against South Melbourne attracts a record RCG gate of L307 and a crowd estimated at 20,000.
A race for one legged men is held at the half-time interval. “Crutchy” Keating wins easily.
James Fitzpatrick plays his first game for Richmond. In 1909, when James was at Melbourne, Bill Burns was disqualified for kicking him.

Wed. 9
Vic Thorp and Hughie James play for a VFL combination against the Bendigo representative team.

Thr. 10
A special meeting of members of the Richmond Cricket Club gives its committee authority to raise money to erect a grandstand.

Sat. 12
Frank McCashney represents Victoria against South Australia in Adelaide. Les Oliver was also selected but could not tour due to work commitments. Joe Stokesberry is selected as one of the Victorian trainers.
Percy Maybury and Bill Mahoney play for a VFL combination against the Ballarat Association.

Wed. 16
The profits from club’s theatre night exceed twenty pounds.

Wed. 30
A public meeting is held at the Richmond Town Hall where officials of the Richmond Cricket Club, Richmond Football Club and Richmond City Councillors encourage people to take up debentures in the grandstand scheme.

Fri. 1
Ted Farrell, who began the season as Richmond’s vice captain, receives a permit to play for Coburg in the Melbourne Districts Association.

Sat. 9
Percy Martyn kicks five goals against Carlton. He thus becomes the first Richmond player to kick 30 goals in a season of League football. He will finish with 32.
Norm Turnbull captains the Richmond District Junior FA representative team to victory over the Lilydale District Association team.

Sat. 16
Hughie James represents Victoria against South Australia at the MCG.

Sat. 23
Richmond’s game against Melbourne, scheduled for the MCG, is switched to the RCG owing to a VFA semi-final being played on the Melbourne ground.

Thr. 4
A player takes his usual train to Richmond in order to receive his final match payment. He had evidently forgotten that he had been paid on Saturday.

Sat. 6
Burnley defeats Balmain in the Richmond District Junior FA Grand Final at the RCG. Frank “Checker” Hughes stars for Burnley.

Wed. 10
Barney Herbert, who was medically unfit to play for Richmond this year, plays for the Police team.

Fri. 12
The Richmond Football Club’s proposed League footballers boxing competition is abandoned as the club received not a single nomination.

Richmond holds a ball in the Town Hall.

13 Jack Dyer is born in Oakleigh.

Tue. 9
The VFL decides to introduce District Football from 1914. Richmond’s district comprises the cities Richmond and Hawthorn, a population of 70,000 to recruit from exclusively.

Wed. 10
The Hawthorn City Council is informed that its application to enter a senior team in the VFA had been successful. Hawthorn is within Richmond’s new recruiting district.