1936 Chronology

1936 Chronology

Position: Sixth
Won 10, Lost 8, For 1673, Against 1550.
Captain: Percy Bentley Vice Captain: Jack Titus
Coach: Percy Bentley
Leading Goal Kicker: Jack Titus (83)
Revenue: Credit Balance:
Membership: 3,337
Seconds: Eighth

___ Retiring head trainer Ernie Saunders sustains leg and face injuries in an automobile accident. He is admitted to Camperdown Hospital.

_ The Richmond Cricket club propose a number of ground improvements that are conditional on the football club’s continued tenancy. They include a new grandstand for cricket club members, a concrete fence on the railway side, new lavatories and a ramp for spectators over them on the north side, and the removal of the Punt Road turnstiles to the north side.

Wed. 29
The Richmond Football Club considers the cricket club’s proposed ground improvements but almost unanimously decides to transfer to Olympic Park.

Thr. 30
Victoria’s Premier Albert Dunstan states that the ground dispute at Richmond was a problem that the Lands Department should not interfere in.

Tue. 5
__ Lind, the Minister for Lands inspects the RCG and Olympic Park. He will consult with his cabinet before reporting to the League.

Wed. 12
At Richmond’s annual meeting Lou Roberts replaces Barney Herbert as Richmond’s president.

Thurs 13
Victorian Middleweight champion Jack Wilson trains at the Police Gymnasium with Jack Dyer, in preparation for his fight with Jimmy Condon.

Fri. 15
The League meets on the ground question and
___ Richmond accepts the decision of the League that the RCG, though currently unsuitable for League football, will be made so by the proposed improvements by the cricket club.

A conference between sub-committees from the Richmond and Richmond District football clubs is held. It is decided to recognise Richmond District as Richmond’s third eighteen and interchange players with Richmond’s seconds, the Cubs.

Sat. 28
Richmond plays their first practice match of the year at Punt Road. Richmond, under a new agreement with the cricket club, will no longer look elsewhere to practice.

Mon 30
Richmond 17.12.114 def Camberwell 7.15.57 in a practice match at Punt Road.
Goals: Titus (7), J. O'Halloran (3), Bentley (3), Harris (2), Dyer (1), Jordan (1)
Gate receipt was 29 pounds.
Other players included Hayes (centre from Ballarat), Crapper, Bogie.

Wed. 8
Fritz Heifner, who was disqualified for striking in Richmond’s preliminary final against Collingwood last year, appeals against his punishment by the VFL. He had been appointed to captain-coach Cananore in Tasmania and wants to make a fresh start.

Sat. 2
Richmond opens the season with a one point win over St. Kilda at Punt Road. Richmond comes from 14 points down at the start of the final quarter to win 15-17 (107) to 17-4 (106).
Late in the third quarter an extremely accurate St. Kilda had scored 13 goals and just one behind.
Richmond Technical School defeats St. Ignatius in the first schoolboy curtain raiser at Punt Road.

Sat. 9
Richmond lose by 36 points to the reigning premier Collingwood at Victoria Park.
The Tigers cheer the unfurling of Collingwood’s 1935 premiership flag before the game.
Collingwood kicks eight goals straight in the first quarter and 14 goals and just one behind at half time. The Magpies then kick eight points straight in the third term.

Sat. 23
Richmond defeats Carlton by ten points before 43,000 spectators at Princes Park.
Jack Titus kicks nine goals.

Wed. 27
Percy Bentley is a speaker at The Herald lecture in the Memorial Hall.

Sat. 30
“Gate crashers” demand free admission to the Punt Road ground prior to Richmond’s match against Hawthorn. They believe that the cricket ground is public land, that the Richmond Cricket Club has no right to charge admission, and so they make it their business to obstruct the turnstiles.
Billy “Jumbo” Wells debuts for the Tigers. He is the son of former Richmond player Charlie “Chinger” Wells and the grandson of William Wells, who played in Richmond’s first ever team in 1885. (R. Chron. 6/6/1941)
Norm Dickson kicks seven goals for the Cubs against Hawthorn’s seconds.

Sat. 20
Jack Titus kicks eight goals against Fitzroy at Brunswick Street.
Bill Wisdom breaks his leg minutes after entering the field as nineteenth man. It is his second game with Richmond.
The Cubs 30-19 (199) defeat Fitzroy’s seconds 4-11 (35) at Punt Road.
Norm Dickson kicks a Cubs’ record 14 goals.

Sat. 27
Richmond inflicts South Melbourne’s first loss of the season. South is forced to play the final quarter with 17 men.
The football and cricket clubs make an effort to ease the congestion at the RCG’s turnstiles caused by the “gate crashers.” They request the Inspector of Police to clear the approaches but he says that he can not interfere.
Dick Harris is disqualified for two weeks for tripping South Melbourne’s George. Jack Symons is cleared of striking South’s H_ Matthews.

Mon. 29
John Ludlow of The Age writes that Jack Dyer had been nicknamed “Captain Blood”.
Percy Bentley and Jack Dyer represent the League against the VFA at the MCG.
Norm Dickson and Jack Kennan are the Cubs’ representatives in the League Second Eighteen team that plays the VFA’s seconds in the curtain raiser.

Sat. 4
All League games are postponed due to the weather.

Sat. 11
Jack Titus kicks ten goals against Footscray at the Western Reserve.
_ Victoria’s premier Dunstan meets with his cabinet and considers the objections to admission charges at the RCG. They resolve to do nothing except suggest the complainants test their case in the Supreme Court.

Sat. 18
William Hollow, a spectator collapses and dies at Richmond’s game against Melbourne at Punt Road.

Thr. 30
Justice MacFarlan of the Victorian Supreme Court refuses an interlocutory injunction to restrain the Richmond Cricket Club from charging admission to their ground.

Tue. 4
Joe Murdoch and Collingwood’s Gordon Coventry appear before the tribunal on charges of fighting. Joe is disqualified for four matches, while Coventry is deemed the aggressor and is disqualified for eight.

Thr. 6
At the Richmond Cricket Club’s annual meeting Ernest King __ criticises the schoolboy football curtain raisers at the ground. He suggests that baseball games be returned.

Sat. 8
North Melbourne defeats Richmond for the first time since entering the League in 1924. Since June 9, 1906, Richmond had won three VFA and 18 VFL games straight against North.
Jack Dyer and Dick Harris represent Victoria against South Australia in Adelaide. Jack injures his ankle.
William Wells and Dick Chergwin are disqualified for six weeks for striking North Melbourne’s _Smith and Crapper respectively.

Sat. 15
Carlton kicks nine goals and one behind in the final quarter to defeat Richmond by 24 points at Punt Road.
With this loss Richmond slips out of the top four.

Sat. 22
Hawthorn defeats Richmond by two points at Glenferrie. It is the first time that the Tigers were beaten by Hawthorn since the clubs first met in 1925 after ___ straight wins.

Wed. 25
Jack Dyer plays for Police’s premiership team in the Wednesday League. Dyer, who had not played in Richmond’s game against Hawthorn due to a poisoned leg suffered as a result of an injury during State game in August. He will not play again this season.

Sept. 5
Richmond losses to Essendon in the final round and therefore fails to make the finals for the first time since 1927. Richmond had lost the last six games of the season.
Jack Titus kicks five goals against Essendon to bring his season’s tally to 83 and equal his club record.

Saturday 12
4 Richmond officials- Charlie Callander, Lou Cameron, Bob Duvall, and George McHutcheson are enlisted to help the Melbourne Football Club during their finals campaign. Melbourne are coached by former Richmond player "Checker" Hughes, and their secretary is former Richmond Secretary Percy Page.

Wed. 16
Dick Harris is presented with the Burnley Theatre’s most popular player prize.

Sat. 19
The Cubs defeat Northcote, the VFA’s premier team in an exhibition match in Stawell. Senior players Percy Bentley, Stan Judkins, _Symons and William Wells played with the Cubs.

Haydn Bunton publishes his "best players of the year" in The Herald.
It includes Dick Harris, and Jack Dyer

Thr. 24
Percy Bentley captains the VFL against the VFA at night at Olympic Park, in aid of the Prince Henry's Hospital Sportsman Ward Fund. Jack Titus and Ray Martin also played for the League.

Tue. 29
The Cubs hold their fifth reunion.

Friday 2
The Herald reports that the club will be in a better position financially now than in the previous year due to a "rigid economy pursued throughout the year". The club recognises there is lower membership and losses were incurred through gatecrashing at several matches.