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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.
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 *
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



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
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

168- Percy Bentley
160- Jack Dyer
104- Des Rowe
104- Trent Cotchin
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- 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