Roger Dean

Full Name: Roger Dean
Date of Birth: 30/04/1940
Height: 175 cm ( 5-9 )
Weight: 73kg ( 11-7 )
Guernsey: 3/36
Debut: 24/08/1957, Round 18, Melbourne
Last Game: 15/09/1973, Round SF, St Kilda

Seasons: 1957-73
Total Games: 245
Total Goals: 204

Honours: Premiership 1967, 1969, Captain 1968-71, Leading Goalkicker 1964 Goals 23, Victorian Representative Team 1962-63 Games 4 Goals 3.

Seasons: 1957-60, 1965, 1973
Total Games: 44
Total Goals: 52

Honours: 1973 Reserves

Roger played in the back-pocket on the half-forward-flank and as a rover. In 1957, he had a meteoric rise starting the season in the fourths and finishing in the seniors. However, it took him until 1961 before he could establish himself as a regular senior player. He was an inspirational and courageous on field-leader, who was also a very good actor if there was a chance for a free kick. Melbourne blamed him for costing them the 1963 Premiership after their dynamic captain, Ron BARASSI was found guilty and suspended for striking him on the eve of the 1963 Finals, for an incident Melbourne considered was well acted out. A gentleman off the field, Roger was a terrier once he crossed the white line. He was a strong mark for his size and while playing in the back- pocket his close-checking play and fine judgement made him a very difficult opponent. A very shrewd player, he was a fine team man and wonderful club man.
He was second in the Best and Fairest in 1966 and 1967 and third in 1963. He won the Most Determined award in 1969, 1970 and 1971. He was awarded Life Membership in 1964 and he won the Reserves Best and Fairest award in 1958. He also won the club’s Top Goalkicker award in 1964. His highest individual goal tally was 4 which he kicked on seven occasions. He was a member of the 1967 and 1969 Premiership sides, captaining the 1969 side. he missed the 1972 Final series due to a broken leg he suffered on the eve of the Finals. He represented Victoria four times and was a member of Richmond’s only night Premiership side, in 1962. He captained the Tigers in 76 matches between 1968 and 1971. After playing in the Reserves’ 1973 Premiership side he completely retired from football to concentrate on his other sporting love, tennis. A plumber, he now lives in Strathmore.

Richmond Scouts 1954-55.


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