Full Name: RON DURHAM
Date of Birth: 11/06/1921
Height: 183 cm ( 6-0 )
Weight: 86 kg ( 13-7 )
Debut: 08/05/1943, Round 1, Carlton
Last Game: 04/09/1945, Round 19, Carlton
Seasons: 1943-44, 1946-48
Total Games: 59
Honours: Premiership 1943, Best & Fairest 1943.
Many clubs had attempted to sign him, and it was with the help of a Tiger supporter called Mr Lawson Muir, that Ron was signed in early 1943.
Ron was a full-back, having been trialled there in the practice games of 1943 to fill the void of George Smeaton and Jack Crane who were both serving in war.
Living in Bacchus Marsh, as an orchardist, due to the lack of transport he was unable to train with Richmond and instead trained with Bacchus Marsh under the guidance of their coach Mr Monty Brown. (AR)
He had a dream debut season at Richmond, winning the Best and Fairest award (as a full back) and playing in a Premiership side .
However, his senior debut was a nightmare when he had 10 goals kicked against him by Carlton’s Jim Baird . After this he wanted to return to the country , such was his disappointment ; however , he was wisely talked out of this by Jack Dyer . Ron was a very strong mark and had all the skill required to become a champion full-back. His career was cut short due to constant leg injuries and he missed the 1944 Grand Final for this reason. He was injured in Round 7 of 1944 and didn’t return to the seniors until Round 6 of 1946. He was eventually forced into retirement at the age of 27 due to recurring knee problems. In Ron’s last season with Richmond , 1948, he ran third in the Best and Fairest award . He was tragically electrocuted at his Bacchus Marsh property in 1961.
Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Team 1934-35 ;
Bacchus Marsh 1937-41 ( Premiership 1941, Competition Best & Fairest 1939 + 1941. Runner-up in 1938+1940 ).