Neville Crowe

Date of Birth: 01/06/1937
Height: 193 cm ( 6-4 )
Weight: 96 kg ( 15-1 )
Guernsey: 5
Debut: 22/04/1957, Round 1, 1957
Last Game: 09/09/1967, Round SF, Carlton

Seasons: 1957-67
Total Games: 150
Total Goals: 84

Honours: Captain 1963-66, Best & Fairest 1963-64, 1966, All- Australian Team Selection 1966, Victorian Representative Team Games 9 Goals 6

Seasons: 1957-61
Total Games: 12
Total Goals: 12


Neville was a champion ruckman during some of Richmond’s lean years in the early 1960’s. He won three senior Best and Fairests in four seasons as testimony to his consistency. He was a fine mark, tireless worker and more than capable of holding his own in ruck duels against the greats of his era including Nicholls and Farmer. He spent 11 seasons at Richmond and captained the side on 64 occasions. A fine on-field leader, he had a big heart and over-came several leg injuries that threatened his career. Between 1957 and 1961 he missed 37 games as well as a chance to play for Victoria due to injuries. Like Bill Morris and Roy Wright he was a fine palmer of the ball to his waiting rovers. He was cruelly robbed of his chance to play in the 1967 Premiership side after being found guilty of a very dubious striking charge. A fine piece of acting by Carlton powerhouse, John Nicholls, saw Neville found guilty and suspended after the second semi-final. Ironically, today’s trial by video would have cleared him very promptly.
He won the Best and Fairest award in 1963, 1964 and 1966, was second in 1965 and third in 1961. He represented Victoria nine times and was selected in the 1966 All-Australian team. He was captain between 1963 and 1966 and awarded Life Membership in 1964. After leaving Richmond, he spent one year under the Tony Jewell-coached Caulfield. He served as Club President between 1987 and 1993 and is one of the reasons Richmond Football Club still exists. His infectious enthusiasm and optimism enabled Richmond to stay afloat during hard economic times. He was a very popular club figurehead who was able to relate to supporters at all levels. Away from football, Neville ran his own cladding company. He died on September 2 2016.

Ormond U/19, State Savings Bank 1956.

Caulfield 1971, Games 16, Goals 19

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