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Under 19s Overview

In 1936, the Second Eighteen Annual Report lists that " Richmond Districts are now considered Richmond 3rd Eighteen, a move we trust will in the near future be for the benefit of football in Richmond"
In 1939 while trying to financially secure a coach, Jack Titus, then vice captain of senior team, agreed to coach the club on Tuesday and Thursday at training in the meantime.

In 1937 an Under 18s team was formed known as the Richmond Recruits. The press gave them the moniker ''Kittens"".
(In subsequent years it was an Under 19s team . There was also an Under 17s version)

In 1939 the Richmond Football Club sponsored two teams, the Richmond Recuits (Melbourne Boys' League A grade) , and the Richmond Colts (Melbourne Boys' League B Grade). The Recruits played curtain raises to the Seniors. Each team had its own Committee and held its meetings in the RFC Pavilion.

When the official VFL competition was created in 1946, the Richmond team was known as the "Richmond Thirds".
(The competition changed its name to the 'Under 19's from the 1960 season onwards. It ended at the end of 1991 and was replaced with the TAC Cup). The Richmond Thirds was under the control of a Secretary, and the Second Eighteen Committee, and the majority of the players trained at Punt Road under Alby Pannam (1946 RFC Annual Report)

In the 1930s and 40s there were a significant numbers of junior teams/Leagues in the Richmond District, that the club often referred to in their Annual Report. Richmond Districts, Kew Sub-Districts, Richmond Citizens Boys' League (under Stewart Hemmerde), Burnley CYMS, St Ignatius, Burnley (Eastern Suburban League ), the Opportunity Boys' Club, Richmond United, RIchmond Rovers

In 1950, the Richmond Junior League was disbanded due to lack of support from junior football clubs in the district.
A 4th 18 was then created under the name 'Richmond Junior F.C' and the 'managership of Stewart Hemmerde'.
This side was entered into the 3rd 18 League. As such there were 2 Richmond teams in the Thirds competition in 1950 - 'Richmond' and 'Richmond Junior F.C'


Notes:
In 1968, H.A Haswell (Bert) received Life Member of the League , for having represented the Richmond Club as Third Eighteen Manager from 1957-1961 in which year he was appointed delegate on the Permit and Umpire Committee. He has served the League continuously for the past 12 years - VFL 2nds Annual Report 1968