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Ron Richards (1928–2013)

by Jon Pierik

Collingwood has paid tribute to one of its ''greatest servants'', after the death of Ron Richards on Friday.

Richards, the younger brother of football great Lou, passed away after losing a long battle with illness. He was 85.

Richards, a key player in the Magpies' 1953 premiership side, had also spent considerable time at the club as assistant coach, on the match committee and on the board.

Magpies president Eddie McGuire said Richards was one of the club's most revered figures.

"In the rich history of the Collingwood Football Club, Ron Richards will always be known as one of its greatest servants," McGuire said.

"Ron was a member of the Pannam/Richards dynasty, which collectively produced more matches than any other in the game's history and dates back to 1894, through Charlie Pannam snr.

"Ron distinguished himself in everything he did at Collingwood, be it as a star of the 1953 grand final who had been picked out by Jock McHale for an unaccustomed role on the wing, coach or administrator. Ron was best on ground in the flag triumph, helping his brother Lou, who was captain, to lift the premiership cup.

"Later, as Lou moved into the world of show business and the media, Ron dedicated himself to Collingwood, something he cared for deeply.

''He served as a thirds and seconds coach. He spent time on the board and he sat by the side of Tom Hafey and Leigh Matthews as chairman of selectors. In any discussion of great Collingwood men, Ron Richards - Collingwood life member, AFL life member, legend and premiership star - cannot be overlooked,'' McGuire said.

Richards played 143 games for the Magpies from 1947-1956.

The extended Pannam-Richards families pulled on the black-and-white guernsey in more than 930 games, including eight premierships.

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Jon Pierik, 'Richards, Ron (1928–2013)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


11 May, 1928
Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


20 September, 2013 (aged 85)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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