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1919 Chronology

 

1919 Chronology


Position: Second
Won 12, Lost 7, For 1283, Against 1098.
Captain: William Thomas Vice Captain: Percy Maybury
Coach: Norman Clarke
Leading Goal Kicker: Donald Don (31)
Revenue: L2161 10s. 5d. Credit Balance:
Membership: 1,700 (approx.)
Juniors: Ninth (last)

Jumper:
In 1919 Richmond’s sash is for the first time worn over the left shoulder rather than the right, although some players will continue to wear the old jumpers.

February
Tue. 18
Representatives from Richmond and most junior clubs in the district meet at the RCG and resolve to form a new club to compete in the VFL’s junior league.

Tue. 25
Richmond District holds its annual meeting. It had not competed over recent years owing to the war. Views are expressed that it should have been invited to compete as Richmond’s team in the VFL’s junior league.

Thr. 27
The Richmond Junior League Football Club (Richmond Juniors) holds its first annual meeting at the RCG. They will play as Richmond’s second eighteen.


March
Tue. 11
Richmond players decide to issue a ticket for the forthcoming club election. This act will result in the withdrawal of many candidates and the resignation the incumbent president Frank Tudor.

Wed. 19
The Richmond District Junior FA holds its annual meeting at the RCG pavilion. The competition will recommence this season but its boundaries are extended with clubs from Richmond, Hawthorn, Camberwell, Kew, Doncaster and Dandenong eligible to compete.

Thr. 20
At Richmond’s annual meeting Alf. Wood is elected president unopposed.


April
Flu:
Travel restrictions, invoked due to the Spanish flu epidemic, delay the arrival of star Western Australian player Norman McIntosh in Richmond. He will not play for Richmond this year for he has to reside in Richmond’s district for twelve weeks to be eligible to play for the club.

Sat. 5
Richmond Juniors plays its first game. It defeats Camberwell 11-8 (74) to 3-6 (24) at Camberwell. R. B. “Snowy” Craven captains the team.


May
Thr. 1
Following a tea with officials in the old training room the players elect William “Son” Thomas captain. Clarrie Hall and Percy Maybury tie for the vice captaincy. Clarrie suggests they toss for it. Percy wins.

Sat. 3
Richmond Juniors plays its first premiership game. Essendon’s junior team West Melbourne 7-9 (51) defeats Richmond Juniors 4-8 (32) at East Melbourne.

Sat. 10
Vice captain Percy Maybury is absent due to the flu. He will miss most of the season with an injured leg.

Wed. 14
Senior coach Norman Clark addresses Richmond Juniors at training.

Sat. 24
A portion of Norman Clark’s half time address against Melbourne is published in The Richmond Guardian.


June
Thr. 5
After losses to Collingwood and Fitzroy, Richmond players meet in the pavilion to discuss tactics.

Sat. 7
A record equalling RCG crowd of 20,000 watch Richmond lose to South Melbourne by 20 points.
Frank “Checker” Hughes plays his first game for Richmond since he returned from the war.
William Stott becomes the first Richmond Juniors player to be recruited by and play for the senior club.

Wed. 11
The “Tigers” Social Club hosts their first social night this season. They present the football club with a Wertheim piano.

Sat. 14
Richmond Juniors 6-13 (49) defeats St. Kilda District 4-7 (31) to win its first ever premiership game and register it’s only win this season.

Sat. 28
Vic Thorp becomes the first player to play 150 VFL games for Richmond.
Tiger captain William Thomas breaks his leg during the last quarter of the Carlton game. He will be unable to work and the club will launch an appeal for him.


July
Sat. 5
Richmond travels to Woodend but due to a misunderstanding the proposed match did not come off. They play a scratch match instead.
Vic Thorp plays for Victoria against South Australia. Max Hislop travelled to Adelaide as the 19th man but he did not play. Clarrie Hall and Barney Herbert play in a VFL team against Ballarat.

Wed. 9
Dan Minogue’s application for a permit to play for Richmond is denied. The granting of permits expired on June 30, the same day Minogue, a returned soldier, stepped off the transport.

Sat. 12
In the absence of William Thomas and Percy Maybury, Clarrie Hall acts as captain. Had Dan Minogue received a permit he would have been elected captain.
At Richmond District’s smoke night J. W. Creed criticises Richmond’s lack of support for Richmond Juniors, the senior team’s second eighteen.
_ At a well attended committee meeting William Maybury withdraws his recent and unexpected resignation. He apparently, “... declined to allow his position as secretary to be made secondary.”

Sat. 19
Richmond vs Geelong
Prior to the start both teams line up, and led by the Richmond Juvenile Band sing 'God Save The King', and then give 3 cheers for the King and Empire.
Hughie James, who returned to Melbourne on Friday, watches Richmond play Geelong. He is given a great reception upon entering Richmond’s room.

Fri. 25
Richmond’s VFL delegates make an effort to suspend the permit rule in regards to ex-servicemen such as Dan Minogue. It is unsuccessful.

Sat. 26
Richmond wins five games in a row for the first time since entering the League.
Hughie James plays his first game for Richmond since his return from the war.


August
Sat. 2
Max Hislop, Vic Thorp, Clarrie Hall and first year player Bob Carew are representatives in Victoria’s team against South Australia. Never before had Richmond contributed four players fist string to a Victorian interstate team.

Thr. 7
Charlie Fehring is found guilty of striking a Melbourne player and is suspended for two games.

Sat. 9
Barney Herbert plays his 150th VFL game for Richmond.
Collingwood District 25-14 (164) defeats Richmond Juniors 7-11 (53) at Punt-road. It is the highest ever score against a team playing under Richmond’s umbrella. The 111 point loss is a (junior and senior) club record.

Sat. 16
Clarrie Hall plays his 100th VFL game for Richmond.
A record RCG crowd of 25,000 watch Richmond defeat Fitzroy. The old fence on Punt-road gave way and many spectators enter through the breach.
Percy Maybury, who had not played since the first game, returns to, and captains, the team as a last minute replacement for Bob Carew.

Sat. 23 A crowd of 35,000, a record for a Richmond match, watches South Melbourne defeat Richmond at South Melbourne.

Sat. 30 The Punt-road ground hosts its 100th VFL game. Richmond 14-16 (100) defeats St. Kilda 5-11 (41).


September
Sat. 6
A crowd of 4,000 attend a sports carnival at the RCG, featuring a Richmond v. “Diggers” football game, to raise money for Richmond captain William Thomas. The “Diggers” team is comprised of returned soldiers and includes Dan Minogue, Frank Huggard, “Checker” Hughes and Harry Weatherill amongst others.

Sat. 13
Carlton 7-19 (61) defeats Richmond 5-12 (42) in Richmond’s 200th League game.
The game draws a record RCG gate of over L700 and the is largest crowd of any VFL fixture during the 1920 home and away season. crowd size ?
Richmond Juniors plays in a curtain raiser to a Richmond game for the first time. It looses to Carlton District at Punt-road in its final premiership game. Richmond Juniors finish the Victorian Junior FL season in last place.

Thr. 18
The committee learn that “wild rumours” of dissent amongst the players emanated from one player’s accusation that a team mate had not done his best against Carlton. The accused is exonerated and the players concerned shake hands to end the matter. Another bribery rumour was the result of an “... ill-advised practical joke.”

Sat. 20
Richmond 10-13 (73) defeats South Melbourne 9-5 (59) to record its first win in a League final.
A record crowd for a Richmond match of 45,318 attend the game at the MCG. It is Richmond’s first attendance in excess of 40,000.


October
Sat. 4
Richmond 10-14 (74) defeats Collingwood 6-9 (45) in the Final. Collingwood, as minor premiers has the right to challenge Richmond in a Grand Final.
A record crowd for a Richmond game of 51,798 attend the game at the MCG. It is the club’s first attendance in excess of 50,000.

Wed. 8
Richmond players and officials attend a picture night at the National Theatre, Richmond. As well as the usual show, footage from Richmond’s finals against South Melbourne and Collingwood are screened.

Sat. 11
Richmond plays in its first ever VFL Grand Final. Collingwood 11-12 (78) defeats the Tigers 7-11 (53) before 45,413 spectators at the MCG.

Wed. 15
Richmond’s mayor, Hughie Robinson entertains Richmond’s officials and players at a smoke social in the Town Hall.

Thr. 16
A bazaar held in aid of William Thomas is opened at the Town Hall. It will close on Saturday.

Tue. 2
A vaudeville entertainment is held at the Richmond Theatre in aid of injured Richmond footballers. William Thomas is presented with cheques to the value of L750, of which he presents L350 to the disabled players’ fund.