Full Name: IAN OWEN
Date of Birth: 21/07/1948
Height: 188 cm ( 6-2 )
Weight: 83 kg ( 13-1 )
Debut: 26/04/1969, Round 4, South Melbourne
Last Game: 01/07/1972, Round 13, Geelong
Total Games: 33
Total Goals: 0
Honours: Premiership 1969.
Total Games: 71
Total Goals: 13
Honours: Premiership 1971, Captain 1972.
Ian was a half-back-flanker. He was an athletic player who possessed a good football brain and was a safe mark and long kick. Recruited from Echuca East he joined Richmond Under/19s in 1967 playing in their Premiership side in his first year. He then played with the Reserves in 1968 before making his senior debut in 1969. He had an outstanding debut season, playing in a Premiership side and winning the club's Best First Year Player award. He suffered a depressed fracture of the cheek-bone in the 1969 preliminary final and he carried this injury into the Grand Final. After 1969 his senior career was plagued with injury problems. He played in the 1971 Reserves Premiership side to complete a unique treble of playing in Premiership sides with Richmond's Seniors, Reserves and Under/19s teams. The only season he didn't play in a Grand Final team at Richmond was in 1972. Ian also played in 12 Reserves' Grade Finals matches which is a club Reserves record.
He crossed to Port Melbourne in 1974 where he played for five seasons and was a member of their 1974, 1976 and 1977 Premiership sides. He finished his career with a total of nine Premiership sides. Since being forced to retire due to a leg injury, Ian has served as Richmond's Skills Coach in 1980 and as the Under/19's runner and assistant coach between 1982 and 1985, and 1987 until 1990. Ian was also Fitzroy Reserves runner in 1986 when he went across with Doug Searl. Ian now lives in the southern suburbs.
Echuca East Juniors Five Seasons ( Honours - Premiership Two ) ; Echuca East Seniors 1965-67 ( Honours - Premiership 1966, Best & Fairest 1966 ).
Port Melbourne 1974-78, Games 88, Goals 4 ( Honours - Premiership 1974, 1976-77 ).