Full Name: VIC CHARLES THORP
Date of Birth: 25/10/1890
Height: 178 cm ( 5-10 )
Weight: 83 kg ( 13-1 )
Debut: 30/04/1910, Round 1, South Melbourne
Last Game: 12/09/1925, Round 17, Melbourne
Total Games: 263
Total Goals: 7
Premiership 1920-21, 1919
Victorian Representative Team Games 14 Goals 4.
AFL Hall of Fame
Richmond Team of the Century - Full Back
Richmond Hall of Fame Inductee
Richmond Hall of Fame Immortal
Victor was a champion full-back who was recruited from Richmond's junior team Beverleys. He was originally rejected by St. Kilda and over 15 seasons they lived to regret that decision. As a full-back there was none better during his days in the VFL. Vic was a fine mark and superb long, drop kick. He played opposing forwards very closely making them earn every kick and was not a dour type of full-back. He relied on his judgement and instinct in deciding whether to attack the ball or stay with his opponent. Whatever course of action he chose he was rarely caught out. Dick Lee the former champion Collingwood full-forward, who kicked over 700 goals paid Thorp the ultimate tribute by saying that he was the best full-back he had played against. Nicknamed "Flippa" he was solidly built but a complete ball player who never went outside the rules.
In 1996 he was inducted in the AFL's Hall of Fame.
He held the club games record until beaten by Jack Titus. He represented Victoria 14 times. He was a member of the 1920 and 1921 Premiership and 1919 Grand Final teams, and was awarded Life Membership in 1919. Ironically he moved to Prahran in 1925 where he won their Goal kicking award as a key-forward. Vic served on the Richmond Committee between 1927 and 1935 and also wrote for the Sporting Globe newspaper. Away from football he ran his own tea merchant's business in Richmond. He died in 1941.
Yarra Park School Juniors 1906-07 ; Beverley 1908-09.
Prahran 1925, Games 14, Goals 30 ( Honours - Leading Goalkicker 1925 Goals 30 ) ; Nhill 1926.