1954 Chronology


Wed 13
The Sporting Globe front page announces that Richmond will move their headquarters to Olympic Park due to the appropriation of land to widen Punt Road.

Wed 20
Victorian Amateur organisations object to Olympic Park being used for anything else other than amateur sport.

Wed 10
South Australian Jim Deane is introduced to the 3,000 attendees at the Richmond Annual Meeting at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Doug Strang, 1932 premiership player, dies after being struck by a car in Albury. He was 41.

Mon 19
Round 1 vs North Melbourne

Richmond 5.6 9.7 10.11 13.14.92
Nth Melb 2.0 8.5 13.6 15.11.101

Goals: Walton (4), Branton (3), Wilson (3), Hart, Sharp, Spring.
Former player Hughie James (1909-16, 19-23) visits the Richmond clubrooms before the game. A businessman in New Zealand, James had travelled back to Australia to lead his old unit in the Anzac Day march.

Sat 24
Round 2 vs Footscray at Punt Road

Richmond 3.7 6.13 10.16 12.19.91
Footscray 3.3 6.10 7,14 9.19.73

Morcom replaced Hart (injured head) at half time.
Goals: Branton (2), Wilson (2), Poulter (2), Spring, Sharp, Deane, Morcom, Betson, Wright.
Best: Wright, Wilson, H. Rowe, Betson, Oppy, Dillon, Spring.
Richmond players each receive a two guinea trophy. The players were promised the trophies if they won by 18 points. They won by that margin.

Sat 1
Round 3 vs Carlton at Punt Road. 25,000

Richmond: 2.3 4.6 10.14 14.20.104
Carlton: 3.1 8.3 8.4 12.8.80

Goals: Branton (2), Davies (2), Wilson (2), Wright (2), Spring (1), Sharp (1) , Cooke (1), H. Rowe (1), Deane (1), Poulter (1).

Richmond supporters would claim Moran's goal for Carlton on the half-time siren occurred after it rang.

Sunday 2
Old-timers match between Richmond and StKilda at StKilda raises 248 pounds for 3DB Children's Hospital Appeal.
Richmond 11.6.72 def StKilda 10.10.70 in front of 10,000 people.
Goalkickers: Harris 3, Titus 2, Ray Martin 2.
Richmond team includes Jack Dyer, Jack Titus, Ray Martin, Charlie Priestley, Dick Harris, Jack Symonds. George Smeaton awarded a trophy for Best Player.
Don Hart won the goalkicking competition that was also held, kicking 4 goals and 1 poster from 6 kicks.

Sat 29
Richmond Fourths defeat Sth Melb United by 244 points. Sth fail to score

Mon 14
A combined League second team play a side representing Croydon-Ferntree Gully League, as an 11.45am curtain raiser to Carlton vs Hawthorn. Former Richmond player Col Austen captains the League Seconds team. Hart of Richmond also plays in the game.

Sat 19
Victoria 2nd (18.17.125) defeated South Australia 2nds (11.7.73).
Richmond's Don Hart kicks 7 goals.

Sun 14
Roy Wright, Bill Wilson, Kevin Dillon, Ray Poulter, Des Rowe, Jim Deane contest a kicking contest at halftime of Richmond Amateurs vs South Richmond match at the Richmond Reserve.

Sun 29
William Grinstead, caretaker of the Amateur Sports Ground for 25 years, and an official who "took tickets at the Richmond Ground", dies aged 92.

Sat 4
Former Richmond player Peter Schofield kicks 22 of 31 goals for Moorabin in their victory of Sandringham.

Sat 18
Richmond defeat Carlton in the VFL Reserves Preliminary Final

Sat 25
Richmond defeat Melbourne to win the VFL Reserves premiership.

Richmond 1.7 5.9 9.15 10.20.80
Melbourne 0.2 3.5 3.6 4.9.33

Goals: Dummett (3), Hart, Robson Boland, Eade, Claxton, Jenkin, Sawatzky.
Injuries: Austen injured his leg, replaced by Howard at half time.

Seniors Final Series:
The player judged best on ground, by Roy Wright, for each of the final series matches receives a wrist watch valued at 60 pounds from Proud's.