1970 Chronology

Wednesday 5th
Jack Titus is one of 5 club delegates appointed to a League sub-committee to investigate the feasibility of Sunday football.
Titus is an advocate for the proposal. In 1969 Richmond and Footscray had attempted to have their Rd 9 match played on a Sunday.

Thursday 6
It is reported that the State Government will oppose any move by the VFL to have Sunday football
The Government, through its Chief Secretary Arthur Rylah, argues it would create more traffic problems and require more public workers to work on that day. They said the upcoming Rd 1 match between Richmond and Fitzroy on the Sunday in front of The Queen is a special occasion, not a precedent.

circa 18
Richmond sign John McDonald , who last played with Richmond in the Reserves in 1966. The Age reports he played 1 game then, and suffered a bout of rheumatic fever, then played with Wimmera Football League in 1969.

Saturday 28
Half-forward flanker Tony Smith dislocates his finger in a practice match. (He kicked 5 goals in 1969 Reserves Grand Final)

Sunday 1
Richmond hold a practice match at Albert Park.
Players include: Bourke, Bond, Beard, Jewell, Peardon (tried on the half back flank), Grant Oppy, Sheedy
Barrot does not play due to a sore right knee. Strang does not play due to a burnt hand.
Sheedy arrives from Sydney where he was stationed as a National Serviceman to play. He hopes to fly to Melbourne each week to play.
Roger Dean (capt) and George McInnes both missed due to hamstring muscle strain. Barry Richardson did not play as he was recovering from knee surgery .

At North Melbourne's practice game in Puckapunyal John Perry has 30 kicks for the match in a practice against second recruitment training battalion. Richmond had yet to finalise a clearance for him.
The Age suggests Rex Hunt might play for the battalion as he is currently doing national service training.

Sunday 8
Practice matches at Albert Park on Oval 15 at 10am, then Oval 20, 1pm and 3pm.
Players in the main practice match: Royce Hart, Graeme Burgin, Tony Jewell, Mike Perry, Michael Green, John McDonald from Murtoa kicked 6 goals.
Bartlett - sprained ankle, Sheedy - injured knee, Ian Owen - lacerated knee either did not play OR injured themselves in the match

At a coaches conference, chaired by Jack Titus (VFL Permit Committee chairman), and attended by 11 of the 12 VFL coaches it was recommended that four goal umpires be trialled.

Sat. 11
At Victoria Park, Peter McKenna kicks his 7th goal a few minutes before the final siren, and Collingwood supporters rush onto the ground stopping play for several minutes.

Thursday 3
RADIANT Night Series - knockout tournament with the 8 teams that failed to make the Final Series.
Melbourne 15.16.106 def Richmond 14.9.93 at Lake Oval.
Crowd: 10,591
Goals: Clay 4, Hart, 4, Brown 3, Bartlett 1, Bourke 1, Wilson 1.
Richmond kicked 8 goals in the first quarter

Team: N Balme, Hunt, Bartlett, Hart, Boyanich, B Brown, Moore, Clay, Bourke, Hollick, Craig, Cloke, Leech, Bond, Sheedy, Green, Richardson. Reserve: Smythe. R Ball.
Miels (who suffered a groin injury) was replaced by Reserves T. Wilson in the selected side. Smythe became the Reserve.