Barry Richardson

Date of Birth: 22/01/1946
Height: 191 cm ( 6-3 )
Weight: 83 kg (13-1 )
Guernsey: 17
Debut: 19/04/1965, Round 1, Melbourne
Last Game: 28/09/1974, Round GF, North Melbourne

Seasons: 1965-74
Total Games: 125
Total Goals: 134

Honours: Premiership 1967, 1969, 1974, Richmond Hall of Fame 2003, Richmond Club President 1985.


Seasons: 1965-68, 1971, 1974-75
Total Games: 53
Total Goals: 124

Honours: Premiership 1966, Captain 1974, Leading Goalkicker 1965 Goals 19, 1966 Goals 45.

Barry had the nickname of “Bones” and was recruited from St.Pat’s College Ballarat. He was a versatile player and this was verified by the fact that he played half-forward, full-forward and full-back in three Richmond Premiership teams. He was a strong mark and used his body well in packs, having a fine football brain and excellent judgement. He was very reliable, never got flustered in pressure situations and was also a very good kick. In 1969, he was the outstanding full-back of that season, and in Round 7 of 1969 he kept Peter Hudson goalless for the first time ever. Barry then kept Alex Jesaulenko out of the game for the majority of the 1969 Grand Final, despite carrying a serious leg injury which required surgery the week after. In 1970, he again played good football at full-back and finished third in the Club Best and Fairest award. In Round 13 of 1971, he was moved to full-forward where he was an instant success kicking 6 goals against Collingwood and finishing 1971 with 51 goals which included 5 in the preliminary final against St.Kilda and 7 against Essendon in Round 20. His highest individual tally was 9 against Essendon in Round 3 of 1972 and he kicked 5 goals or more 11 times.
He suffered a serious knee injury in Round 1 of 1973 against Essendon and missed all of 1973. He returned to the seniors in Round 21 of 1974 and then went on to kick 5 goals in the second semi and Grand Final victories. He was awarded Life Membership in 1971. It is amazing that for such a talented and versatile player, he never played for Victoria. After retiring he coached the Richmond Reserves in 1976 and Seniors in 1977 and 1978 and served as President of the Richmond Football Club in 1985. He has also been involved with the West Coast Eagles and Melbourne Football Clubs. Whilst at Melbourne he was involved in the “Irish Experiment” which saw Melbourne officials go to Ireland and recruit some of their Gaelic footballers which included Sean Wight, Philip Early and “Brownlow Medallist” Jim Stynes.
Between 1992 and 1994 Barry coached the Victorian Amateurs Representative sides. In 1995, he coached Old Xaverians to the “A” Grade Premiership and in 1996 he is Melbourne’s Chairman of Selectors. He is a physiotherapist and lives in Hawthorn.

Wodonga Juniors 1960 ; St Patrick's College Ballarat 1961-64 ( Honours - Captain Combined Ballarat Public Schools Team ).

Old Xaverians Coach 1995, 2005 ( Premiership 1995, 2005 ) ??? Maybe Coached 3 .

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