Full Name: JOHN RONALDSON
Date of Birth: 01/10/1946
Height: 196 cm ( 6-5 )
Weight: 102 kg ( 16-0 )
Debut: 28/08/1965, Round 18, North Melbourne
Last Game: 01/08/1970, Round 18, Geelong
Total Games: 59
Total Goals: 33
Honours: Premiership 1967, 1969.
Total Games: 64
Total Goals: 62
John was a ruckman and forward-pocket who worked his way up from the Under/19 team. He spent a total of nine seasons with Richmond, although he is best remembered for 2 goals late in the last quarter of the 1967 Grand Final. The first, from a drop-kick, after marking at full stretch in front of the members’ stand. The second from the opposite pocket, after Geelong champion “Polly” Farmer infringed at a boundary throw-in. He was also a member of the 1969 Premiership side. He left Richmond at the end of 1970, and moved to South Australia, due to work commitments. He spent two seasons with South Adelaide, but later returned to Victoria and gave great service to the highly successful Vermont Football Club, spending six seasons there and winning the Eastern District League’s Best and Fairest award “The Chandler Medal”, in 1973. He now lives in Ringwood. John’s son, Tony, has played for several seasons in the National Basketball League with South East Melbourne Magic.
East Malvern Junior Teams
South Adelaide 1971-72, Games 25, Goals 17 ; Vermont 1973-78, Games 105 ( Honours - Captain/Coach 1973-75, 1977, Club Best & Fairest 1973, Leading Goalkicker 1977 Goals 53, Competition Best & Fairest " The Chandler Medal " 1973 ).