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1938 Chronology

1938 Chronology


Position: Sixth
Won 10, Lost 8, For 1747, Against 1563.
Captain: Percy Bentley Vice Captain: Jack Titus
Coach: Percy Bentley
Best and Fairest: Jack Dyer
Leading Goal Kicker: Jack Titus (72)
Revenue: Credit Balance:
Membership: 3,353
Seconds: Fifth
Recruits U19: Third
Recruits U17: _

February
Wed. 9
Three officials, the treasurer George Smith and vice presidents Bill Gosch and Bruce Edmond, lose their bids for re-election at Richmond’s annual meeting. Maurie Fleming is one of the new vice presidents while Charlie Turner is the club’s new treasurer.
Jimmy Charles, the club's first secretary receives applause from the audience. He has attended every annual meeting of the club for the last 54 years.

Mon. 14
The VFA decides to allow throwing the ball and reinstates the old out of bounds rule at its annual meeting. These rule changes will force a break with the National Australian Football Council and therefore end its permit agreement with the League.

March
Tue. 22
St. Kilda officials wait on Richmond’s committee. The Saints want to make Kevin O’Neill their playing coach so they ask Richmond to clear him. The request is denied.

April
Wed. 6
The Sporting Globe reports that Jack Dyer is negotiating with a number of VFA clubs, particularly Camberwell.

Sat. 9
Jack Dyer is cheered by relieved Tiger barrackers in his first practice match for Richmond this year.

Sat. 23
The new concrete grandstand at Punt Road is used for Richmond’s opening premiership game against North Melbourne. Although it is yet to be formally opened, it accommodates the cricket club’s members while the football club’s members are seated in the old stand.
Hughie James, a former Tiger champion now residing in New Zealand, addresses the team.
Ian Hull kicks nine goals for the Cubs against North Melbourne’s second eighteen at North.

Sun. __
The Richmond Football Club materially assists the N.S.W. and Victorian Blind Athletic Clubs stage an athletic meeting in Mordialloc.

Sat. 30
Carlton defeats Richmond by one point at Princes Park. Carlton scores the winning behind in the final seconds.
Richmond will complain that a behind was wrongly credited to Carlton during the __ quarter.
Jack Titus receives a heavy knock early in the game while Jack Dyer carried a broken nose throughout most of the match.

May
Sat. 7
Punt Road’s new concrete grandstand, the Ernest H. King Stand, is officially opened prior to Richmond’s game against Collingwood. The ceremony is broadcast on 3UZ by Jack Gurry, who then commentates the game that followed.
The stand is opened at 2.15pm by Richmond Cricket Club president George Langford. Ernest King gave a speech.
Richmond defeats the Magpies by 10 points before a crowd of 30,000.

Fri. 13
James Pardy is sentenced to pay a fine totalling L16 or spend 13 weeks in gaol for a number of offences, including assaulting a policeman, that occurred at Richmond’s match against Collingwood.

Sat. 21
Maurie O’Connell kicks eight of the Cubs’ twelve goals against Hawthorn’s second eighteen at Richmond. Annear (in his second game) was the Cubs only other goal kicker with 4 goals.
Richmond played 3 brothers in this game - Bill, Geoff, and Colin Grant.

Sat. 28
Lord _ Huntingfield, the Governor of Victoria and the acting Governor General, attends Richmond’s game against Geelong at Punt Road. He is made an honorary member of the Richmond Football Club.

June
Mon. 13
Richmond regains a place in the top four, albeit by percentage, after it defeats South Melbourne at Albert Park.
Jack Titus contributes four goals to the Tigers’ victory despite being offered a 50 pounds bribe to “go cold”. Jack had informed club officials of the bribery attempt.

Sat. 18
The Cubs’ Stan Brett kicks ten goals against Essendon’s second eighteen at Essendon.

Sat. 25
Richmond claims second position after it defeats Melbourne, who lose second place, at Punt Road.
The Cubs draw with Melbourne’s second eighteen at the MCG, 9-10 (64) apiece.

July
Sat. 2
Kevin O’Neill vice captains Victoria against South Australia in Adelaide. Jack Dyer also plays for the Vics.
Footscray defeats Richmond at the Western Reserve. The clubs were level on premiership points before the game, but because of the loss the Tigers slip to fourth place.
Richmond Recruits under 19s player Geoff House boots 13 goals for the Kittens against West Armadale at Armadale.

Sat. 9
Richmond 12-11 (83) lose narrowly to an accurate North Melbourne 14-3 (87) at North. The Tigers drop out of the top four.

Thr. 14
The Western Australian team trains at Punt Road.

Sat. 16
Richmond and Geelong play an exhibition match in Ballarat.
Kevin O’Neill and Jack Dyer represent Victoria against Western Australia at the MCG.

Thr. 21
Richmond officials and players dine at the Victoria Cafe to discuss Saturday’s match. Percy Bentley, the coach, told each player what he expected of him.

Sat. 23
Richmond easily defeats Carlton at Punt Road and regains a place in the top four.
Ian Hull collapses in the dressing room after the game. He is treated for concussion at Bethesda Hospital.

Tue. 26
Richmond decides to protest the awarding of a behind to Carlton during the second minute of Saturday’s match. Richmond is sensitive on the issue after a similar “mistake” possibly cost it a draw against Carlton in April.

Sat. 30
Richmond defeats Collingwood, a rival for a finals place, at Victoria Park.

August
Fri. 5
The Richmond Recruits columnist for The Richmond Chronicle complains of the lack of notification given them after they were prevented them from playing on the RCG for the fifth successive week.

Sat. 6
Richmond lose to St. Kilda by three points at Punt Road. St. Kilda’s Ron Hartridge intercepts a Jack Dyer handpass in the dying seconds and kicks the winning goal. Richmond drops out of the top four.

Thr.11
Dick Harris, Richmond’s rover who also plays with Spotswood in the Railways’ competition, wins the Railways’ best and fairest trophy. He is also elected to captain the Railways’ representative team.

Sat. 13
Richmond returns to the top four with a win over Hawthorn at Punt Road.
The Tigers and Cubs kick exactly the same score, 19-18 (132), in their respective games.
In a remembrance article for the Sporting Globe, Vic Thorp says during a game at Punt Road he hit the behind post 'straight down my chest and snapped it off a foot from the ground. The game was held up for some minutes while they replaced the post'

Sun. 14
Officials from Richmond and the Cubs meet with a committee to discuss junior football being played in Richmond on Sunday morning.
_ Gordon Strang is reprimanded for unseemly conduct in jostling with Hawthorn’s George Carter last Saturday.

Sat. 20
Richmond lose to Geelong in Geelong and drop out of the top four again. Richmond now have no chance of regaining a finals place.
Jack Titus is included in the Tigers side despite having a slipped knee cartilage. He plays poorly, kicks one goal and is replaced at the start of the final term.

September
Sat. 3
Cub players Jack Uwins, Alby Broman and Charlie Priestley represent the League Second Eighteens against Queensland as the curtain-raiser to a VFL semi final at the MCG. Jack Uwins vice captains the team.
_ Delegates from local junior clubs meet in the Richmond Football Club’s pavilion to discuss ways and means of operating a junior competition in Richmond.

Sat. 10
The Cubs hold their annual reunion in the pavilion.

Fri. 16
A party of Richmond players and officials leave on a post season trip to Bairnsdale.

Fri. 23
Lou Roberts, Richmond’s president, publishes the “Twelve Football Commandments” in his newspaper The Richmond Chronicle. They are intended to be posted up in the rooms next season.

October
Jack Titus undergoes surgery at the Mercy Hospital to remove a portion of his knee cartilage.