Full Name: DICK HARRIS
Date of Birth: 21/10/1911
Height: 171 cm ( 5-7 1/2 )
Weight: 73 kg ( 11-7 )
Debut: 05/05/1934, Round 1, Melbourne
Last Game: 16/09/1944, Round SF, Fitzroy
Total Games: 196
Total Goals: 548
Honours: Premiership 1934, 1943, VFL Leading Goalkicker 1943 Goals 63, Club Equal Leading Goalkicker 1937 Goals 65, Club Leading Goalkicker 1943 Goals 63, 1944 Goals 63, Victorian Representative Team 1936-41 Games 9 ).
Richard “Dick” Harris was a forward-pocket/rover although he did play some of his early games for Richmond in the centre. He came to Richmond as a full-forward, but was moved to a roving role when another player was injured. He was a strong, fiery player who visited the tribunal on eight occasions during the course of his senior career. He also kicked over 1000 goals during his career and is currently in fourth place on Richmond’s all-time goalkicking list. He was a very cunning player, who was both elusive and dangerous near goal. A fine kick with both the torpedo punt and the drop-kick he formed part of a dangerous two-pronged attack alongside champion full-forward Jack Titus. Dick scored 5 goals or more 38 times with his best effort being 10 against Essendon in Round 3 of 1944. He also won the VFL Goalkicking award in 1943 with 63 goals and the club award in 1937 and 1944.
He won Richmond’s Best First Player award, was a member of a Premiership side and kicked 51 goals in his debut year, 1934. Richmond legend Jack Dyer described Dick as the toughest little player he had seen. He was awarded Life Membership in 1943, was vice captain in 1944, and served on the Committee in 194 and 1945. Dick was a member of the 1934 and 1943 Premiership sides and the 1940 and 1942 Grand Final sides. He performed well in Grand Finals kicking 5 goals in 1940 and 7 in 1943, and was voted in Richmond’s best three players in Finals on five occasions. He represented Victoria nine times and kicked 34 goals.
He was vice captain of Richmond in 1944, and captained Richmond in four games that year in the absence of Jack Dyer. Bit in the Semi Final he suffered an injury which kept him out of the 1944 Grand Final. He did not play for Richmond again. Instead he played with Williamstown where the combination of Ron Todd, a former Collingwood champion and he, kicked 430 goals during seasons 1945 and 1946. He later coached the Richmond Reserves between 1956 and 1965 making him the longest-serving Reserves’ coach in the club’s history. He also assisted Jack Titus with the senior coaching duties during 1965 after Len Smith retired due to ill health. He played his last game with Richmond Seconds at the age of 42, in 1956, and still managed to kick 4 goals. He was also actively involved in the Richmond Former Players and Officials Association for many years and died in 1993.
Victoria Ward 1927-30 ; Spotswood Mid-Week 1930 ( Honours - Premiership 1930 ) ; Warrnambool 1931-33, Games 46, Goals 215 ( Honours - Premiership 1931, Competition Leading Goalkicker 1930 Goals 96, Club Leading Goalkicker 1930 Goals 96, 1932 Goals 36, 1933 Goals 85 ).
Railways Mid-Week 1938 ( Honours - Competition Best & Fairest 1938 ) ; Williamstown 1945-47, Games 32, Goals 128 ( Honours - Premiership 1945, Club Leading Goalkicker 1946 Goals 75 ) ; Yarraville 1947-48, Games 35, Goals 113 ; Wirra Stars 1947-48 ; Mordialloc Captain/Coach 1950-52 ( Premiership 1950-52, Competition Leading Goalkicker Once Goals 106, Club Leading Goalkicker Once Goals 106 ) ; Camberwell Seconds Coach 1954-55.