Full Name: MARTIN BOLGER
Date of Birth: 19/08/1906
Height: 177 cm ( 5-10 )
Weight: 76 kg ( 12-0 )
Debut: 17/05/1930, Round 3, Essendon
Last Game: 09/09/1939, Round SF, St Kilda
Total Games: 185
Total Goals: 2
Honours: Premiership 1932, 1934, Best & Fairest 1936.
Seasons: 1928-30 , 1944
Total Games: 44
Honours: Premiership 1929
Martin played in the back-pocket and on the half-back flank. Richmond certainly capitalised on Melbourne’s lack of perseverance when they recruited Martin after he spent two years with the Melbourne Reserves. After taking a year to settle in, he went on to become a member of Richmond’s famous last line of defence with Maurie Sheahan and Kevin O’Neill. He was a very skilful, consistent and determined player who was rarely beaten. Steady rather than flashy, he used his strength well in physical tussels. He won the club Best and Fairest award in 1936 and was awarded Life Membership in 1939. He was a member of the 1932 and 1934 Senior and 1929 Reserves Premiership sides, as well as playing in the 1931 and 1933 Grand Final sides. After retiring as a player, he served as a Committeeman and Vice President between 1940 and 1975 with his total service to the Richmond Football Club exceeding 50 years. He was also acting Treasurer for 130 days in 1949 after the sudden death of Jack Smith.
His brother, Jim captained the League Seconds team against the VFA Seconds team in May 1937, and was captain of Richmond's Reserves in 1938.
Another brother, Tom, represented Australia as a wrestler at the Olympic Games. Martin died in the latter part of 1991. Away from football, he worked as a foreman with the railways.
Cathedral YCW, Glenhuntly 1925-26 ; Melbourne Reserves 1926-27 ( Honours - Best & Fairest 1927 ).
Railways 1930 ( Honours - Premiership 1930 ).
Semi Final vs Geelong 1934