Senior Life Membership

Senior Life Memberships

The earliest known list of RFC Life Members was published in the Richmond Football Club’s 1896 Annual Report.
The 1912 Annual Report includes the earliest known attempt to associate each RFC Life Member with the year in which he received the honour. Unfortunately contemporary documents do not support/confirm many of the booklet’s dates (Charles 1895, Eastman 1896, Stewart 1897, Elder 1898, Egan 1899, Backhouse 1904, and Whittaker 1910).

Further, deceased RFC Life Members Bahen and Wright were omitted. It was probably felt that there was no practical need to recognise them. Unfortunately these mistakes and oversights were published in other official documents throughout much of the Twentieth Century. Rhett Bartlett was largely responsible for correcting these mistakes and oversights in 2001.

Jimmy Charles is universally recognised as Richmond’s first Life Member though the date when he received it is conjectural. Charles claimed that he was honoured with life membership in 1885 (first acknowledged in the club’s 1919 annual report) and this is the date I have used below.

The year in which John Egan was honoured with RFC Life Membership is unconfirmed but it is likely that it was 1894.
Alf. “Punch” Elder was added to the list of RFC Life Members during a three year period from 1897 to 1899 but the exact year cannot yet be determined through the primary documents available. The year 1898 is used in the 1912 annual report and shown on the RFC Life Membership medal he received in February 1914. This year is consistent with the timeline.

In 1903 Billy Brown (1901) was removed from the list of RFC Life Members because he had neglected to pay an amount owing to the club. In January 1928, following Brown’s death, the committee enquired why Brown’s name was omitted from the list but it does not result in the reinstating of his name. In 2001 Brown was quietly reinstated to the list of RFC Life Members.

Frank Wright passed away months after being elected a RFC Life Member in 1907. In 1908 it seems that his Life Membership was accepted by his four year old son, Francis Wright Jr., who was listed as a RFC Life Member in his father‘s place in Richmond’s annual reports from 1908 to 1911.

In 1912 the committee decided to grant Charles “Fishy” Taylor and Jack Fayle RFC Life Memberships, but before the decision was honoured the committee lost office and a “Reform” committee was installed. The “Reform” committee was hostile to Taylor and Fayle (both were linked to the old committee) and refused to confirm Taylor’s and Fayle’s Life Memberships.
Bill Maybury and Jack Archer were honoured as RFC Life Members in their place. Fayle was later given RFC Life Membership in 1925 but Taylor has never been recognised. (note: Charles Taylor’s son Ernest was granted Life Membership in 1927).

Gold medallions were first presented to RFC Life Members in February 1914. The medallions were awarded retrospectively to the 16 living and officially recognised RFC Life Members. The recipients were: Jimmy Charles, John Egan, Jack Stewart, Jimmy Eastman, Alf Elder, Billy Malone, Billy Bicknell, Charles Backhouse, Archibald McNair, George Peckham-Beachcroft, Alec. Edmond, Andrew Manzie, Charles Whittaker, Hugh Slattery, Jack Archer, and Bill Maybury.

In 1919 it was decided that any player receiving a ten year long service certificate is entitled to RFC Life Membership (the years that a player’s service was interrupted by WWI were also counted).

At the Dec 1961 AGM, it was decided that life membership was to be awarded for 8 years of service instead of 10 years.

In 1974 a resolution at a Special Meeting now required a senior player to complete ten years' service instead of the previous eight.

In recent times, a player reaching 150 games for Richmond is entitled to Life Membership. The same applies to a committeeman of 10 years or more.

From 2013 players automatically qualify as RFC Life Members if they have been members of multiple premierships, or have played in a single premiership and a minimum of 100 senior games. This led to an induction of 18 premiership players as well as RFC board member John Matthies at the December 11, 2013 AGM.

At their March 2017 board meeting, it was resolved that ALL Richmond senior premiership players will automatically qualify as a Life Member (this includes posthumously, living, and future). A result, 78 players were inducted.

Deceased RFC Life Members were first acknowledged in a list of life members in the 1926 Annual Report. However, Chris Bahen (1904), Frank Wright (1907) and Hugh Slattery (1911) were overlooked in the edition.

The only years of the Twentieth Century that RFC Life Memberships were not presented were 1910, 1913, 1918, 1936 and 1982.

Brothers honoured with RFC Life Membership. Alec. and Bruce Edmond (1908 and 1932), Jos. and Percy Langdon (1931 and 1944), Duncan and Andrew Kellaway (2001 and 2005). Gordon and Doug Strang (2013 and 2017), Robert and George Weatherill (2013 and 2017).

Father/Sons honoured with RFC Life Membership. Michael and Joel Bowden (2017 and 2004), Charlie and Ernie Taylor (1927 and 2017), Alan and Matthew Richardson (1966 and 2002), Bill and Percy Maybury (1912 and 1917)

(Keith Williams, Ian and Len related - but how?)

Alice Wills (1988) was the first female RFC Life Member. Maureen Hafey (2015) and Peggy O'Neal (2015) subsequently both receiving the accolade at the 2015 AGM.
Dan Minogue (2003) is the first RFC Life Member to be honoured posthumously (RFC Life Memberships awarded posthumously are indicated with an asterix).

Brett Deledio (2011) at 24 years and 139 days is the youngest person to receive RFC Life Membership.

RFC physiotherapist Ian MacIndoe’s Life Membership was bestowed in May 2013 (rather than at the AGM).

Bill James is a Life Member of the club after playing 1 senior game, (the 1920 Premiership)

John Perry's Life Membership was bestowed at the 1967 Reunion/Life Membership function in May 2017 (rather than the AGM)

1885 Jimmy Charles
1894 John Egan
1895 Jack Stewart
1896 Jimmy Eastman
1898 Alf. Elder
1900 Billy Malone
1901 Billy Brown
1902 Billy Bicknell
1903 Charles Backhouse
1904 Chris Bahen
1905 Archibald McNair
1906 George. Peckham-Beachcroft
1907 Frank Wright
1908 Alec. Edmond 1902 and 1905 Premiership player (as captain)
1909 Andrew Manzie
1911 Charles Whittaker
Hugh Slattery
1912 Jack Archer Committee member, chairman, and other capacities. And connection to local juniors.
Bill Maybury Hon Secretary, Chairman of committee, VFA delegate. 'Connected with club since Frank Hyde, Bob Mitchell, Frank Harcourt, Jim McCoughtry'
1913 All prev recipients got a Gold Medal.
1914 Alf. Tietgens Vice President
1915 Hughie James
George McIntosh
1916 Dick Kelly
William Lohse
1917 Barney Herbert
Percy Maybury
1919 Sid Reeves
Vic Thorp
1920 Clarrie Hall
David Henry
1921 Abe Aarons
Tom Delaney
1922 Arthur Bettles
Ben Goodwin
1923 Frank “Checker” Hughes
Alfred Wood
1924 Frank Harley
Joseph Watson (also played for Richmond VFA 1898-99)
1925 Jack Fayle
Oscar Mitchell
1926 Donald Don
Jimmy Smith
1927 Harry Dyke
Ernest Taylor
1928 Doug Hayes
Ray Stanley
1929 William Gosch
Lou Roberts
1930 Bill Higginbotham Committeeman
Jack Smith Assistant Treasurer
1931 Jos. Langdon
Percy Page
1932 Wally Baker
Bruce Edmond
1933 Bert Cox
Lou Cameron
1934 Percy Bentley
Allan Geddes
Basil McCormack
Tom O’Halloran
1935 Jack Titus
Frank O’Brien
1937 Joe Murdoch
1938 Maurie Sheahan
Maurie Hunter
1939 Martin Bolger
Kevin O’Neill
1940 Jack Dyer
Ray Martin
1941 Charlie Callander 22 years as property steward
Arthur Daws Committeeman of 7 years
1942 Maurie Fleming
Charles Turner
1943 Dick Harris
Jack Symons
1944 Percy Langdon
George Smeaton
1945 Jack Jones
Ernie Saunders
1946 Ray Dunn
Robert Davall
1947 Pat Kennelly Vice-President of the club
Charlie Priestley 10 year player
1948 Jim Joyce Richmond 2nds secretary, Delegate to senior club
William Quinn Committeeman and selector
1949 Leo Merrett
William Perkins
1950 Les Goring Office bearer for 10 years
Jim Sheehan Office bearer for 10 years
1951 Fred Burge
Bill Morris
Max Oppy
1952 Dr. Pat L Grogan 15 years as club doctor
Les Sinclair First time a cricket club representative has received Life Membership.
1953 Irvine Booth
William Wilson
1954 Robert Knapp Richmond 2nds president
William Stanbrough 17 years honorary timekeeper
1955 Ray Poulter
Des Rowe
Roy Wright
1956 William McDonald
1957 Havel Rowe
Geoff Spring
1958 Allan Cooke
William Pitt
1959 Jim Evans
Mal Wishart
1960 Jack Baggott
Alby Keyhoe
1961 Frank Hegarty
Ray Julier
1962 Ron Branton
Stan Judkins
1963 Tom Simpson
William Tymms
1964 Neville Crowe 8 playing seasons
Roger Dean 8 playing seasons
Ron Garraway 11 years on Richmond Committee
1965 Dave Goodson
Patrick Guinane
Fred Swift
1966 Al Boord
Barry Cameron
Graham Gahan
Michael Patterson
Alan Richardson
1967 Tom Hafey
John Nix
Graeme Richmond
1968 Ben Alexander
Bill Barrot
1969 Jack Chandler
1970 Bill Brown
Peter Cameron
John Northey
1971 Robert Dickinson
Barry Richardson
Ian Stewart
1972 Kevin Bartlett
Les Flintoff
1973 Richard Clay
Dr. Brian Davie
Colin Saddington
1974 Ron Carson 10 years on committee
1975 Ian Wilson 10 years on committee
1976 Francis Bourke
Michael Green
Royce Hart
Kevin Sheedy
1977 Alan Schwab
1978 Graeme Bond
Leo Rush
1979 Neil Balme
Tony Jewell
Eric Leech
David Mandie
1980 Roy Watkins Timekeeper for 29 years
1981 Keith Cleaver
Mervyn Keane
Bryan Wood
1983 Des Martin 43 years of service as player / recruiting / FP and O
1984 Lyall Johnson 27 years as trainer
1985 Jim Jess Played from 1976 onwards
Robert Loughnan 25 years on social committee/room steward
Max Watson Trainer since 1961
Roy Webb Door steward since 1959
1986 Mark Lee 10 year player
Doug McKenzie 30 years+ fund raising, marketing, Board of Director.
Michael Roach 10 year player
Ron Ward Trainer since 1966
1987 Tom Allen Former player, Coached Richmond Fourths to 5 premierships, RFP&O secretary
Dr. Alex Ivanyi 22 years club dentist
Greg Strachan 10 year player
Dale Weightman 10 year player
1988 Alice Wills 35 years with cheer squad / supporters group
Keith Miles 26 years on social committee
Barry Rowlings 10 year player
1989 Emmett Dunne
Kevin McEvey
Roy Weston
1990 David Cloke 10 year player
John O’Brien 30 years behind the scenes involvement. Little League coach/ Assistant time keeper
Leo “Dusty” O’Brien 25 years property steward
1991 Ted Soderblom
1992 Geoff Brown
Bill Meaklim
1993 Graham Burgin
Mike Michelson
Lindsay Thompson
1994 Lloyd Brown
Ray Jordon
Wayne Walsh
Keith Williams
Len Williams
1995 Colin Austen
Bill Higgins
Matthew Knights
Trevor McGinley
1996 David Farley
Tony Free
Garry Krauss
1997 Jim Ducrow
Brendon Gale
Michael Humphris
1998 Wayne Campbell
Keith Miller
1999 Ron Reiffel
John Robertson
Ilmar Tiltens
2000 Nick Daffy
Leon Daphne
Scott Turner
Ian Williams
2001 Paul Broderick
Terry Grigg
Duncan Kellaway
Jack Malcomson
Matthew Rogers
2002 Dr. Chris Bradshaw
Matthew Richardson
Kevin Rowe
Peter Welsh
2003 Darren Gaspar
Dan Minogue *
Michael Perry
2004 Joel Bowden
Ian Dixon
2005 Mark Chaffey
Andrew Kellaway
2006 Greg Tivendale
Laurie Pearson
2007 Roland Weeks
2008 Ian Robinson
2009 Chris Newman
Chris Naish
Gary Cameron
2010 Bruce Tempany
Paul Cameron
2011 Brett Deledio
Don Lord
John Stanley
2012 Shane Tuck
Gary March
John Kelly
2013 Ian MacIndoe
John Matthies
A. “Max” Hislop*, Robert Weatherill*, Robert Carew*, Bert Foster*, Fred “Fritz” Heifner*, Eric Zschech*, Gordon Strang* , Bert Edwards*, Robert Bawden* ,Geoff Strang* Posthumously, two-time VFL Premiership player
John Ronaldson, Rex Hunt , Robert McGhie, Kevin Morris, Paul Sproule, Two-time Premiership player
Mick Malthouse, Bruce Monteath, Geoff Raines Single premiership and a minimum of 100 senior games.
2014 Nathan Foley

Shane Edwards

Jack Riewoldt

Daniel Jackson

Kelvin Moore
George Bownas, *
William Carkeek, *
Ernest McDonald, *Charlie Williams Posthumously, 1902 and 1905 Premiership players
Maurice O’Shannassy

Rob Dalton

Michael Stahl

Geoff Blackbourn
Gerard Egan
2015 Jeff Hogg 144 games, 360 goals
Maureen Hafey Lifetime supporter to familes, coaches,players.
Bob Phillips 7 years as board member. 30 years volunteer service
Trent Cotchin 150 games.
Peggy O'Neal 10 years on Richmond board.
2016 Dustin Martin 150 games
Alex Rance 150 games
Trevor Poole 99 games + Football Ops Manager + RFP&O committee
2017 Reg Hede*, Bill James*, Dave Moffatt*, Stan Morris*, George Parkinson*, George Bayliss*, Norm McIntosh*, Mel Morris*, Norm Turnbull*, George Weatherill*, Jack Anderson*, Jack Twyford*, Dave Baxter*, Horace Edmonds*, Len Ablett*, Arthur Barr-Kemp*, Jack Broadstock*, Laurie Cahill*, Roy Quinn*, Brian Randall*, Ron Durham*, Ray Hunt*, Leo Maguire*, Jack Scott*, Ray Steele*, Bernie Waldron*, Terry Smith* Deceased VFL premiership players who were not Life Members
Craig McKellar, Robert Wiley, Daryl Cumming, Eric Moore, Michael Bowden, Cameron Clayton, Noel Carter, Laurie Fowler, Colin Beard, Ian Owen, Gareth Andrews, Stephen Mount, David Thorpe, John Perry, Daryl Freame, Stephen Rae Living VFL premiership players who were not Life Members