LOU RICHARDS has become a VFL/AFL Legend for his contribution to Australian Football, both on and off the playing field. He was recruited from Collingwood Technical School in 1940 and played in the Collingwood Reserves Premiership Team in his first Year. Richards made his League debut in 1941 and went on to play 250 Games and kicked 423 Goals for the Collingwood Magpies until his retirement as a Player at the end of the 1955 Season. Most of his AFL TRADING CARDS are keenly sought after and attract a collectors premium ( many Collingwood Players Cards are available at qualityafltradingcards.com).
Lou Richards made his mark as a very courageous Rover, and his highly competitive and spirited nature made him a darling to the Collingwood Magpies faithful, whilst opposition Club supporters treated him with disdain. Richards continued the Family Dynasty at Collingwood, where his Grandfather and 3 uncles of the Pannam Family were dynamic contributors to the overall Family Connection of more than 1200 Games for the Collingwood Magpies.
Richards was Collingwood’s Leading Goalkicker on 3 occasions and was runner-up in Collingwoods Best and Fairest Player award in 1947 and 1950. His outstanding Roving career was quite remarkable considering he roved to a losing Ruck Combination for the majority of his playing career.
The Collingwood Hierarchy had always been fond of the tenacious and pugnacious Richards playing style and rewarded him with the Magpies Club Captaincy in 1952. Lou Richards repaid the Club in spades for the faith they placed in him by the appointment, and successfully led Collingwood to the 1953 VFL Premiership. He remained as Collingwood Club Captain until his retirement as a player in 1955.
Lou Richards played State Football for Victoria on 3 occasions and kicked a total of 9 Goals in these Games. The importance of his playing career is recognized with his induction into the inaugural Australian Football League Hall Of Fame in 1996.
Lou and his wife, Edna managed the Phoenix Hotel in Melbourne on his retirement as a player, and he began a lenghthy career as a Jounalist and Football Commentator on both radio and Television. Lou Richards became the most recognizable face of Australian Football, and the loveable larrikin had become universally accepted by all AFL followers, irrespective of Club persuasion. The banter between Richards, Jack Dyer and Bobby Davis will never be forgotten.
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