Full Name: ALAN RICHARDSON
Date of Birth: 19/11/1940
Height: 184 cm ( 6-0 1/2 )
Weight: 96 kg ( 15-1 )
Debut: 18/04/1959, Round 1, Melbourne
Last Game: 24/05/1969, Round 8, Carlton
Total Games: 103
Total Goals: 30
Honours: Premiership 1967.
Seasons: 1958-64, 1967-69
Total Games: 92
Total Goals: 41
Honours: Captain 1963-64, Best & Fairest 1963-64.
Alan “Bull” Richardson was a powerfully-built ruck-rover who played over 350 games of football during his career. Recruited from Casterton he was a hard-working player who benefited greatly from Len Smith’s coaching and developed into a very useful member of the Richmond team. He was a fine team man who used his strength to break up packs and then open up the game with constructive handball. He was a member of Richmond’s 1962 night and 1967 day Premiership sides. Not the greatest of kicks, he did win 20 possessions in the 1967 Grand Final before being replaced due to cramp. He was awarded Life Membership in 1966 and is one of only five players to win dual Best and Fairest awards with the reserves. He won back-to-back awards in 1963 and 1964 whilst he was captain of the reserves.
He later spent one and half seasons with South Melbourne before crossing to East Devonport as a captain/coach, for three seasons. He now lives in Devonport Tasmania, where he runs his own furniture removals company. He was also President of the East Devonport Football Club for several years. He has been a more familiar sight at Richmond games over recent years, supporting his son, Matthew, who made his debut in 1993. Alan is also the older brother of Rodger Richardson.
Casterton 1956-58, Games 54, Goals 126.
South Melbourne Seniors 1969-70, Games 11, Goals 9 ; South Melbourne Reserves 1969-70, Games 11, Goals 21 ; East Devonport 1971-73, Games 54, Goals 69 ( Honours - Captain/Coach 1971-73 ) ; airy pole Captain/Coach 1974, Games 19, Goals 36.