Full Name: JOHN PERRY
Date of Birth: 13/03/1945
Height: 183 cm ( 6-0 )
Weight: 76 kg ( 12-0 )
Debut: 18/04/1964, Round 1, Footscray
Last Game: 02/08/1969, Round 16, Fitzroy
Total Games: 26
Total Goals: 1
Honours: Premiership 1967.
Total Games: 61
Total Goals: 27
Honours: Premiership 1966.
John was a very skilful wingman and half-forward. His time with Richmond was interrupted by National Service, a broken shoulder and a bout of hepatitis. Originally from Wodonga, he spent six seasons at Punt Road and was a member of the 1967 Seniors’ and 1966 Reserves’ Premiership sides. In 1969, he represented the VFL Reserves State Team as well as tying with Michael Patterson for the Reserves Best and Fairest award. He transferred to North Melbourne in 1970 and became a regular, and successful senior player. He spent just over four seasons with North before crossing to the Tony Jewell-coached Caulfield in 1974. After missing the first four games, John finished fifth in the “Liston Trophy”. The following season he played with Williamstown.
He returned to Wodonga in 1976 and took over as playing-coach in 1977. His football career ended during his first game as captain/coach of Wodonga. He was badly injured and almost died as a result of a knock he received. He spent many months recovering and retired as a result. He now runs the Stump Hotel in Wodonga as well as being actively involved in the Ovens and Murray League’s newest club, the Wodonga Raiders. He was president of the Raiders in 1989 and 1990. John is the cousin of former Richmond player Geoff Strang.
John received a life membership in May 2017, as a member of Richmond's 1967 premiership side.
North Melbourne Seniors 1970-74, Games 56, Goals 26 ; North Melbourne Reserves 1970-74, Games 25, Goals 16 ; Caulfield 1974 , Games 14, Goals 8 ; Williamstown 1975, Games 15, Goals 5 ; Wodonga 1976-77, Games 45 including 1961-63, Goals 26 including 1961-63.