Full Name: JOHN RAYMOND MARTIN
Date of Birth: 18/11/1909
Height: 173 cm ( 5-8 )
Weight: 73 kg ( 11-0 )
Debut: 10/05/1930, Round 2, Carlton
Last Game: 28/09/1940, Round GF, Melbourne
Seasons: 1930, 1932-40
Total Games: 159
Total Goals: 135
Honours: Premiership 1932, 1934, Best & Fairest 1934-35, Victorian Representative Team 1933-35 Games 4 Goals 2.
Total Games: 42
Total Goals: 6
Honours: Premiership 1929, Best & Fairest 1930.
“Ray” was a champion rover who formed part of a powerful first ruck combination with Percy Bentley and Jack Dyer. Although only small in stature he had a fearless desire to win the ball. Once in the possession of the ball he was a fine pass and dangerous around the goals. His highest individual goal tally was 4 which he kicked against South Melbourne in 1934 and North Melbourne in 1935. He spent two seasons with the Reserves before gaining senior selection in 1930. He then left the club and spent a year with Daylesford before returning to Richmond and establishing himself in the senior side.
He was a member of the 1932 and 1934 Premiership sides, as well as the 1933 and 1940 Grand Final sides. He was Richmond’s best player in the 1934 semi-final win over Geelong. He won the club Best and Fairest in 1934 and 1935 and represented Victoria four times. He also ran equal third in the 1934 “Brownlow Medal”. He was awarded Life Membership in 1940.
Ray captain-coached Richmond Reserves in 1942 and 1943. He later coached Kew Amateurs to four Premierships in 15 years and was selected to coach the All-Australian Amateur side. He also commentated on the football on Radio 3AW. Away from football, he was an excellent ballroom dancer. Ray died in 1989.
West Hawthorn Amateurs 1927.
Daylesford 1931, Games 16, Goals 0 ( Honours - Ballarat League Representative Team 1931 ) ; Kew Amateurs Coach 1941-42, 1953-55, 1957-66 ( Honours - Premiership 1953, 1962, 1964, 1966, Life Membership ) ; Malvern Amateurs Coach 1949 ; Old Paradians Coach 1951-52 ( Honours - Premiership 1951 ) ; St Ambrose YCW Coach ).