I remember that game between the Tigers and Swans, I was actually there. If memory serves me correctly, this was the year the Swans lost their first 6 games. I think going into this match they had won 4 in a row en route to the finals. I think the Swans ended up winning the match...No, but Richmond did draw 95,000 v.'s GWS to a prelim a few years back.
Richmond drew 58,000 v.'s Sydney in 2017 before we went on our premiership run. At that stage of the year Richmond were 4th and Sydney 14th.
Perhaps Richmond being crap for the first 20-25 years of WCE/Sydney/Lions/Adelaide/Port's existence might have something to do with underwhelming crowds versus the interstate clubs.
That's a cracking crowd for Essendon v.'s Sydney though. A reminder of the drawing power of Essendon when they get their act together.