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Senior Captains

Richmond Senior Captains



Below is a list of players who captained Richmond in a senior match
A name in bold indicates they were the elected captain for that season
A 'Bye' is listed (where applicable) to identify that there isn't a Round missing. It doesn't count to final season tally.
At the bottom of this page is a table organised by games captained.

Created and Researched by Rhett Bartlett and Trevor Ruddell.


Captain
Year
Notes
Games
VFA
George Smith 1885 Rd 1-18 15 games
Tom Graham 1886 Rd 1-9. Stood down by club. 9 games
Fred Wookey 1886 Rd 10, 13-18, 22 8 games
George Smith 1886 Rd 11, 19-20 3 games
John J Stewart 1887 Rd 1-4, 6-19 18 games
Christopher Syle 1887 Rd 5 1 game
George Smith 1888 Rd-10, 13-21 18 games (n.b Rd 20 game was forfeit)
Charlie Stephens 1888 Rd 11-12 2 games
Pat J O’Loughlin 1889 Rd 1-10, 12-19 18 games
Alf Searle 1889 Rd 11 1 game
Ed ‘Ned’ Burwood 1890 Rd 1-18 18 games
Tom Graham 1891 Rd 1-12, 14-19 18 games
William Stewart 1891 Rd 13 1 game
Jimmy Shore 1892 Rd 1 1 game
Arthur G Powell 1892 Rd 2 - 19 18 games
John Stewart 1893 Rd 1 1 game
Charles Backhouse 1893 Rd 2- 20 19 games
George S Sparrow 1894 Rd 1-4, 6-17 16 games
James Parker 1894 Rd 5, 18 2 games
George S Sparrow 1895 Rd 1-6. He resigns the captaincy 6 games
Richard T Kelly 1895 Rd 7-14, 17-18 10 games
James Parker 1895 Rd 15-16 2 games
Richard T Kelly 1896 Rd 1-18 18 games
Alf Elder 1897 Rd 1 1 game
Richard T Kelly 1897 Rd 3-8 6 games
William 'Billy' Clarke 1897 Rd 10- 13, 15-17, 19-20 19 games
William ‘Billy’ Clarke 1898 Rd 1-17 17 games
William ‘Billy’ Clarke 1899 Rd 1-7 7 games
Tom Watson 1899 Rd 8 - 21 14 games
Tom Watson 1900 Rd 1-6, 8-16 14 games
Chris Bahen 1900 Rd 7 1 game
Alec Edmond 1901 Rd 1-16 16 games
Alec Edmond 1902 VFA Premiership captain. Rd 1-6, 11-16 12 games
Jack Cathie 1902 Rd 7 1 game
Chris Bahen 1902 Rd 8 - 10 3 games
Alec Edmond 1903 Rd 1-20 20 games
Alec Edmond 1904 Runners - Up. Rd 1-19 19 games (n.b Richmond forfeit GF match)
Alec Edmond 1905 VFA Premiership captain. Rd 1-17, 19-21 20 games
Arthur Cleghorn 1905 Rd 18 1 game
Arthur Cleghorn 1906 Rd 1-2 2 games
Jack Geggie 1906 Rd 5 1 game
Alec Edmond 1906 Rd 11 - 19 9 games
Alec Edmond 1907 Rd 1 - 5 5 games
Charlie Pannam Snr 1907 Rd 6 - 12, 14-19 13 games
Jack Hardiman 1907 Rd 13 1 game
VFL
Charlie Pannam Snr 1908 Rd 1-3, 5, 9 - 18 14 games
Dick Condon 1908 Rd 4, 8 2 games
Jack Hardiman 1908 Rd 6-7 2 games
Dick Condon 1909 Rd 1- 5 5 games
John Lawson 1909 Rd 6 - 18 13 games
Billy Schmidt 1910 Rd 1-18 18 games
Billy Schmidt 1911 Rd 1 -4 4 games
Len Incigneri 1911 Rd 5 - 13, 15-18 13 games
George Gibson 1911 Rd 14 1 game
Ted Ohlsen 1912 Rd 1- 4, 7-8, 13 7 games
Edward Farrell 1912 Rd 5-6, 9-10, 12, 14, 17 7 games
Bill Burns 1912 Rd 15-16, 18 3 games
Hughie James 1913 Rd 1-18 18 games
Charlie Ricketts 1914 Rd 1 - 3 3 games
Barney Herbert 1914 Rd 5- 6 2 games
Bill Thomas 1914 Rd 4, 7-18 13 games
Bill Thomas 1915 Rd 1-4, BYE, 6-18 16 games
Bill Thomas 1916 Rd 1-7, 9, 10-SF 12 games
Percy Maybury 1916 Rd 8 1 game (Thomas sprained his ankle)
Percy Maybury 1917 Rd 1-3, 5 -10, 12 10 games
Clarrie Hall 1917 Rd 4, 11, 13-15 5 games
Clarrie Hall 1918 Rd 1-3, 5-11, 14 11 games
Sid Reeves 1918 Rd 4 1 game
William Thomas 1918 Rd 12-13 2 games
Bill Thomas 1919 Rd 1- 7, Bye, 9 (breaks leg) 8 games
Clarrie Hall 1919 Rd 10 - 13, 15 5 games
Percy Maybury 1919 VFL Grand Final Captain. Rd 14, 16, Bye, 18-GF 6 games
Max Hislop 1920 Semi Final 1 game
Dan Minogue 1920 VFL Premiership captain. Rd 1- 18 (incl 2 byes), GF 17 games
Dan Minogue 1921 VFL Premiership captain. All games 19 games
Dan Minogue 1922 Rd 1-2, BYE, 4-11, BYE 13-18 16 games
Dan Minogue 1923 Rd 1, BYE, 3-10, BYE, 12-18 16 games
Dan Minogue 1924 Grand Final captain. All games. 19 games
Dan Minogue 1925 Rd 1 - 7 7 games
Mel Morris 1925 Rd 8 - 17 10 games
Mel Morris 1926 Rd 1 -15 15 games
Harry Pollock 1926 Rd 16 1 game
Donald Don 1926 Rd 17 -18 2 games
Allan Geddes 1927 Grand Final captain. Rd 1 -13, 15-GF 19 games
Doug Hayes 1927 Rd 14 1 game
Allan Geddes 1928 Rd 1 - 10, 18, SF (Geddes suspended for 8 games) 12 games
Donald Don 1928 Grand Final captain. Rd 11 - 17 , GF 8 games
Cyril Lilburne 1929 Rd 1-GF. Grand Final captain 21 games
Allan Geddes 1930 Rd 1-SF 19 games
Maurie Hunter 1931 Rd 1-3, 6-GF. Grand Final captain 18 games
Basil McCormack 1931 Rd 4-5 2 games
Percy Bentley 1932 Rd 1-GF. VFL Premiership captain 20 games
Percy Bentley 1933 Rd 1-GF. Grand Final captain 21 games
Percy Bentley 1934 Rd 1-6, 8-15, 17-GF. VFL Premiership captain 18 games
Allan Geddes 1934 Rd 7, 16 2 games
Percy Bentley 1935 Rd 1- PF. 20 games
Percy Bentley 1936 Rd 1- PF 18 games
Percy Bentley 1937 Rd 1-15, 17-SF 18 games
Jack Titus 1937 Rd 16 (Bentley capt Vic side) 1 game
Percy Bentley 1938 Rd 1-4, 6-18 17 games
Jack Titus 1938 Rd 5 1 game
Percy Bentley 1939 Rd 1-12, 15-SF 17 games.
Kevin O'Neill 1939 Rd 13-14 2 games
Percy Bentley 1940 Rd 1-13, 15-GF. VFL Grand Final captain. 19 games
Jack Dyer 1940 Rd 14. (Bentley was injured) 1 game
Jack Dyer 1941 Rd 1- 10, 12-SF 18 games
Jack Titus 1941 Rd 11. Dyer was coaching Victorian side 1 game
Jack Dyer1942 Rd 1-9, BYE, 11-GF. Grand Final captain 17 games
Jack Dyer1943 Rd 1-9, BYE, 11-GF. VFL Premiership captain 18 games
Jack Dyer 1944 Rd 1- 11, 16-GF. Grand Final captain 17 games
Dick Harris 1944 Rd 12-15 (Dyer was suspended) 4 games
Jack Dyer 1945 Rd 1-10, 12-20 19 games
Bob Bawden 1945 Rd 11 1 game.
Jack Dyer1946 Rd 1-19 19 games
Jack Dyer 1947 Rd 1-SF 20 games
Jack Dyer 1948 Rd 1 -12, 15-19 17 games
Leo Merrett 1948 Rd 13-14 2 games
Jack Dyer 1949 Rd 1-11, 14, 18-19 14 games
Leo Merrett 1949 Rd 12-13, 15-17 5 games *
Bill Morris 1950 Rd 1-13, 15-18 17 games
Des Rowe 1950 Rd 14 1 game
Bill Morris 1951 Rd 1-7, 9, 12-18 15 games
Don Fraser 1951 Rd 8, 11 2 games
Des Rowe 1951 Rd 10 1 game
Des Rowe 1952 all games 19 games
Des Rowe 1953 all games 18 games
Des Rowe 1954 Rd 1-6, 9-18 16 games
Max Oppy 1954 Rd 7-8 2 games
Des Rowe 1955 Rd 1-12, 14-18 17 games
Jim Deane 1955 Rd 13 (Spring v/c for this game) 1 game
Des Rowe 1956 Rd 1-9, 11-18 17 games
Brian Davie 1956 Rd 10 1 game
Des Rowe 1957 Rd 1-3, 6-9, 11-18 15 games
Roy Wright 1957 Rd 4-5 2 games
Brian Davie 1957 Rd 10 1 game
Roy Wright 1958 Rd 1-2, 6-13, 15-18 14 games
Ron Branton 1958 Rd 3-5, 14 3 games
Roy Wright 1959 Rd 1-8, 10 9 games
Ron Branton 1959 Rd 9, 11-12, 15-18 7 games
Ron McDonald 1959 Rd 13-14 2 games
Ron Branton 1960 Rd 1-18 18 games
Ron Branton 1961 Rd 1-18 18 games
Ron Branton 1962 Rd 1-11, Rd 13-18 17 games
Neville Crowe 1962 Rd 12 1 game.
Neville Crowe 1963 Rd 1-9, 11-18 17 games
Tom Simpson 1963 Rd 10 1 game. (John Thompson vice capt)
Neville Crowe 1964 Rd 1-7, 9-18 17 games
Mike Patterson 1964 Rd 8 1 game
Neville Crowe 1965 Rd 1-3, 8-18 14 games
Fred Swift 1965 Rd 4-7 4 games
Neville Crowe 1966 Rd 1-7, 10-18 16 games
Roger Dean 1966 Rd 8-9. (Crowe in State side. Swift injured) 2 game
Fred Swift 1967 VFL Premiership captain. All games 20 games
Roger Dean 1968 Rd 1, 6-11, 14-15, 17-20 13 games
Paddy Guinane 1968 Rd 2-4, 12-13 5 games
Bill Barrot 1968 Rd 5 1 game *
Mike Patterson 1968 Rd 16 1 game *
Roger Dean 1969 Rd 1-9, 11 -GF. VFL Premiership captain. 22 games
Tony Jewell 1969 Rd 10 1 game *
Roger Dean 1970 Rd 1-4, 8-16, 18-19, 21-22 17 games
Bill Barrot 1970 Rd 5. 17 2 games
Royce Hart 1970 Rd 6-7 2 games
Kevin Bartlett 1970 Rd 20 1 game
Roger Dean 1971 Rd 1-16, 18-PF 23 games
Royce Hart 1971 Rd 17 1 game
Royce Hart 1972 Rd 1 - 11 , 15 - Grand Final captain 23 games.
Roger Dean 1972 Rd 12 1 game *
Kevin Bartlett 1972 Rd 13 1 game
Francis Bourke 1972 Rd 14 1 game
Royce Hart 1973 Rd 1-2, 5, 10, 14-15, 21-SF, GF. VFL Premiership captain 11 games
Kevin Bartlett 1973 Rd 3-4, 6-8, 12-13, 16-20, PF 13 games
Francis Bourke 1973 Rd 9, 11 2 games
Royce Hart 1974 Rd 1-3, 6, 8-14, 16-17, 19-GF. VFL Premiership captain 17 games
Kevin Bartlett 1974 Rd 4-5, 7, 18, 21-22 6 games
Francis Bourke 1974 Rd 15 1 game
Royce Hart 1975 Rd 1-7, 10-11, 13-17, 22, SF, PF 17 games
Kevin Bartlett 1975 8-9, 12, 18-21, EF 8 games
Francis Bourke 1976 Rd 1-3, 5-22 21 games
Neil Balme 1976 Rd 4 1 game
Francis Bourke 1977 Rd 1-12, 14-16, 18-SF 22 games
Kevin Sheedy 1977 Rd 13, 17 2 games
Kevin Sheedy 1978 Rd 1-2, 4-18, 20-22 20 games
Kevin Bartlett 1978 Rd 3, 19 2 games
Kevin Bartlett 1979 Rd 1-22 22 games
Bruce Monteath 1980 Rd 1-19, 21 SF-GF. VFL Premiership captain 21 games
Bryan Wood 1980 Rd 20, 22-QF 3 games
Bryan Wood 1981 Rd 1-9, 13-15, 17-22 18 games
Geoff Raines 1981 Rd 10-12, 16 4 games
David Cloke 1982 Rd 1-GF 24 games
Barry Rowlings 1983 Rd 1-17, 19-22 21 games
Mervyn Keane 1983 Rd 18 1 game *
Kevin Bartlett 1983 Rd 19 1 game (his 400th)
Barry Rowlings 1984 Rd 1-22 22 games
Mark Lee 1985 Rd 1-9, 11 10 games
Maurice Rioli 1985 Rd 10, 12-22 12 games
Mark Lee 1986 Rd 1, 8-14, 16-22 15 games
Jim Jess 1986 Rd 4-7, 15 5 games
Dale Weightman 1986 Rd 2-3 2 games
Mark Lee 1987 Rd 1- 14, 17-22 20 games
Dale Weightman 1987 Rd 15-16 2 games
Dale Weightman 1988 Rd 3-8, 10-17, 19-22 18 games
Michael Pickering 1988 Rd 1-2, 9, 18 4 games
Dale Weightman 1989 Rd 1-2, 6-9, 11-17, 19, 22 15 games
Michael Pickering 1989 3-5, 10, 18, 20-21 7 games
AFL
Michael Pickering 1990 Rd 1-4, 10, 14-15, 20, 22 9 games
Jeff Hogg 1990 Rd 5 1 game *
David Cloke 1990 Rd 19 1 game *
Dale Weightman 1990 Rd 6-9, 11-13, 16-18, 21 11 games
Jeff Hogg 1991 Rd 1-2, 12 3 games
Dale Weightman 1991 Rd 3-5,Bye,7-11, 13-20,Bye, 22-24 19 games
Dale Weightman 1992 Bye,2-6, 14-18, 21-24 14 games
Jeff Hogg 1992 Rd 7, 9, Bye, 19-20 4 games
Tony Free 1992 Rd 8 1 game *
Matthew Knights 1992 10-12 3 games *
Matthew Knights 1993 Rd 1 1 game *
Jeff Hogg 1993 Rd 2-3,Bye,5-11,Bye,13-22 19 games
Tony Free 1994 Rd 1-5,Bye,7-19, 24 18 games
Matthew Knights 1994 Rd 20-21 2 games *
Brendon Gale 1994 Rd 22-23 2 games *
Tony Free 1995 Rd 1-5 5 games
Brendon Gale 1995 Rd 6-9, 14-15 6 games*
Matthew Knights 1995 Rd 10-13, 16-PF 14 games * (nb: Gale tossed coin for SFinal)
Matthew Knights 1996 Rd 1, 16-20. 22 7 games *
Brendon Gale 1996 Rd 2-4, 6-15, 21 14 games *
Tony Free 1996 Rd 5 only 1 game
Wayne Campbell 1997 Rd 1-11 11 games. (Knights knee inj in preseason vs Nth)
Matthew Knights 1997 Rd 12-22 11 games
Matthew Knights 1998 1-2, 5-20 20 games
Wayne Campbell 1998 Rd 3-4 2 games *
Matthew Knights 1999 Rd 1-22 22 games
Matthew Knights 2000 Rd 1-22 22 games
Wayne Campbell 2001 Rd 1-PF 25 games
Wayne Campbell 2002 Rd 1-22 22 games
Wayne Campbell 2003 1-6, 9, 14-15 9 games
Darren Gaspar 2003 Rd 7 1 game
Matthew Richardson 2003 Rd 8, 10-13, 16-22 12 games
Wayne Campbell 2004 1-7, 9-15, 18-22 19 games
Darren Gaspar 2004 Rd 8 1 game *
Kane Johnson 2004 Rd 16-17 2 games *
Kane Johnson 2005 1-2, 6-14, 16-22 18 games
Nathan Brown 2005 Rd 3-5 3 games
Joel Bowden 2005 Rd 15 1 game
Kane Johnson 2006 Rd 1-5, 9-22 19 games
Matthew Richardson 2006 Rd 6 - 8 3 games
Kane Johnson 2007 Rd 1-22 22 games
Kane Johnson 2008 Rd 1, 3-10, 14-22 18 games
Chris Newman 2008 Rd 2, 11-13 4 games
Chris Newman 2009 Rd 1 -21 21 games
Brett Deledio 2009 Rd 22 1 game
Chris Newman 2010 Rd 1-3, 5-22 21 games
Trent Cotchin 2010 Rd 4 1 game
Chris Newman 2011 Rd 1-10, Bye, 12 -18 Bye 17 games
Trent Cotchin 2011 Rd 20 - 24 5 games
Chris Newman 2012 Rd 12, BYE , 14-23. Last game as captain was a draw 22 games
Trent Cotchin 2013 Rd 1-6, 8-10,Bye,12-EF 22 games
Brett Deledio 2013 Rd 7 1 game
Trent Cotchin 2014 Rd 1-7, BYE, 9-EF 23 games
Trent Cotchin 2015 Rd 1-10, Bye, 12-21, 23 -EF 22 games
Ivan Maric 2015 Rd 22 1 game
Trent Cotchin 2016 Rd 1-6, 9-12, BYE, 14-23 20 games
Brett Deledio 2016 Rd 7-8 2 games
Trent Cotchin 2017 Rd 1- 11, BYE, 13- GF. AFL Premiership Captain 25 games



Pre Season games

Captain
Year
Notes
Games
Tom Graham 1886 practice match vs Rich Jnrs 1 game
Archibald McNair 1904 PM vs Geel 1
Alec Edmonds 1905 PM vs Ess, vs Coll 2
Alec Edmonds 1906 PM vs Fitz 1
Arthur Cleghorn 1906 PM vs Geel 1
Alec Edmonds 1907 PM vs Police , Leopold 2
Roger Dean 1969 practice match vs Glenelg 1 game
Geoff Raines 1982 practice match vs Carlton
Wayne Campbell 1996 Pre-season Lightning Premiership matches 2 games
Matthew Richardson 2002 AMP AFL Challenge Cup vs Essendon, The Oval, London 1 game
Steve Morris 2015 NAB Challenge vs Footscray 1 game
Brett Deledio 2015 NAB Challenge vs Pt Adel 1 game
Trent Cotchin 2015 NAB Challenge vs Nth Melb 1 game
Nick Vlastuin 2016 NAB Challenge vs Fremantle 1 game
Trent Cotchin 2016 NAB Challenge 2 vs Hawthorn, NAB Challenge 3 vs Port Adel 1 game
Trent Cotchin 2017 JLT Series vs Adelaide
Trent Cotchin 2017 JLT Series vs Pt Adelaide
Trent Cotchin 2017 JLT Series vs Collingwood



Total games as captain, by player (up to end of 2017 season)

168- Percy Bentley
160- Jack Dyer
118- Trent Cotchin
104- Des Rowe
102- Matthew Knights
101- Alec Edmond

88- Wayne Campbell
87- Dan Minogue
85- Chris Newman
81- Dale Weightman
79- Kane Johnson
77- Roger Dean
71- Royce Hart
65- Neville Crowe
63- Ron Branton
54- Kevin Bartlett
52- Allan Geddes
51 - William "Bill" Thomas
47- Francis Bourke
45- Mark Lee
43- William "Billy" Clarke
43- Barry Rowlings
36 - George Smith
34- Richard T Kelly
28- Tom Watson
27 - Tom Graham
27- Jeff Hogg
27- Charles Pannam Snr
25- David Cloke
25- Tony Free
25- Mel Morris
25- Roy Wright
24- Fred Swift
22- Brendon Gale
22- Billy Schmidt
22- Kevin Sheedy
22- George Sparrow
21- Clarrie Hall
21- Cyril Lilburne
21- Bruce Monteath
21- Bryan Wood
20- Michael Pickering
19- Charles Backhouse
18- Maurie Hunter
18- Hughie James
18 - Patrick O'Loughlin
18 - Arthur "Bolivar" Powell
18- John J Stewart
17- Percy Maybury
15- Matthew Richardson
13- Len Incigneri
13- John Lawson
12- Maurice Rioli
10- Donald Don
8 - Fred Wookey
7- Dick Condon
7- Edward Farrell
7- Leo Merrett
7- Ted Ohlsen
5- Paddy Guinane
5- Jim Jess
4- Chris Bahen
4- Brett Deledio
4- Dick Harris
4- James Parker
4- Geoff Raines
3- Bill Barrot
3- Bill Burns
3- Nathan Brown
3- Arthur Cleghorn
3- Jack Hardiman
3- Charlie Ricketts
3- Jack Titus
2- Brian Davie
2- Darren Gaspar
2- Barney Herbert
2- Basil McCormack
2- Kevin O'Neill
2- Max Oppy
2- Mike Patterson
2 - Charlie Stephens
1- Neil Balme
1- Bob Bawden
1- Joel Bowden
1- Edward "Ned" Burwood
1- Jack Geggie
1- Jack Cathie
1- Jim Deane
1- Don 'Mopsy' Fraser
1- George Gibson
1- Doug Hayes
1- Max Hislop
1- Tony Jewell
1- Mervyn Keane
1- Ivan Maric
1- Harry Pollock
1- Sid Reeves
1- Alf Searle
1- Jimmy Shore
1- Tom Simpson
1- William Stewart
1- Christopher Syle



Further Reading:
Senior Coaches
Reserves Captains
Under 19s Captains
Fourths Captains

  • denotes the missing data was supplied by Richmond FC Historian Bill Meaklim