Full Name: LESLIE PEARCE ABBOTT
Date of Birth: 9 June 1885
Date of Death: 28 September 1947
Debut: 28/05/1910 , Round 4 , Fitzroy
Last Game: 26/08/1911 , Round 17 , St Kilda
Seasons: 1910 - 1911
Total Games: 31
Total Goals: 0
By the time he came to Richmond from Brunswickin May 1910, Abbott had already played for 2 different VFL teams (and would play for a further 2 after his Richmond career).
His permit to Richmond, from Brunswick was approved on 25 May 1910, however there was a temporary issue with the League identifying he hadn't received the proper clearance form Carlton to Brunswick in 1908.
A reliable full-back, during the early years in the VFL, he would often use his pace to carry the ball out of defence. He missed only two games between Rd 4 1910 and the end of 1911 season (both, coincidentally were the Rd 18 matches).
Abbott, along with two teammates, were described by Punch newspaper in July 1910 as 'battling like striped Tigers'. It is one of the earliest references that use the Tiger moniker to describe the players.
- by Rhett Bartlett.