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Cdog71

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I grew up in Blackie south,
Dad was Carlton and I remember being about 5-6 and Dad came home with three beanies.
Carlton, Collingwood and St kilda for my brother, my sister and I to choose a team, non of us chose any of em but I think I was leaning to Collingwood cause my mate from across the road him and his whole family were pies but I just wasn’t into it.
I’m not certain it’s a one way street picking your club I think somehow it feels a little bit, the club picked you.
I remember a few things from primary school, my prep teacher Mrs Marshory and her enormous boobs (Dolly Parton enormous) kids walking around the playground looking at the red sky from the Ash Wednesday fires.
But my strongest memory and it still gives me tingles, is the day I became a Tigers supporter and that was the day Mark Lee and Dale Weightman came to my school and held a footy clinic.
They were mobbed and followed everybody shut up and listened and tried they’re best.
I don’t remember if it was a drill or it was the end of the clinic and they where trying to get packed up and away but I gave Dale Weightman a ball back and he looks me right in the face and said “Well done buddy you did pretty good” or words to that effect.
I still feel bloody good about myself now thinking about it.
I don’t remember anything else about that day but I’ve barracked for Richmond every day of my life since and I always will.

It turned out years later I ended up going into Punt Rd to repair and do a bit of work to the timber floor in the Maurice Rioli room it was the start of the season and Vlaustins first and I happened to see Flea, I fronted him up and told him that story and the impression he made on me and shook his hand, I was really glad I got to do that.
He didn’t remember the school or me but I didn’t care it was good of him to give me some time...again.
 

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Tonymontana344

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Love this thread,
Live in Sydney now, however in the early 80s from the age of 6-7yrs old grew up in a pub in Brunswick my dad and uncle's owned. Older cousin became a Richmond supporter through his mate Andrew who's father owned the fruit shop next door. Three of us, my brother and cousin became life long Richmond supporters during that period influenced by our older cousin.

Since then we have lived all over the world, and the one thing that keeps us in contact and together is the Richmond football club.

Over the years my father would see my frustrations and kept questioning why I would follow and stress over this team. I asked the same question many times, but my love and passion for the club was amazing. During the mid 80s my dad would take us to the G or Vfl park and we'll be up at 3 quarter time, I would ask to leave because I'll be afraid to see us lose.

Dad passed away from cancer during the 2016 Finals series, I feel like he spiritually influenced our premiership the following year.

Four of us met up at the Preliminary Final v GWS, our older cousin flew in from Dubai for 3 days to watch the game. Was a great night.

The joy we receive after a win, and the distress after a loss, Richmond is a hell of a lot more than just a footy club and I thank you for being the one constant all these years!
 

This Is Anfield

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Although these stories are many and varied, the one thread that runs through them all is the absolute passion that we all have... and no other supporter base in the AFL comes remotely close to it.

My story started in July 1967 when we arrived in Melbourne from Liverpool, I was a 10yr old "Scouse Git"
In August Dad's new workmate took us to the MCG to see Richmond v St Kilda, I actually liked the idea of The Saints, reigning champions. red in the colours and Ian St John, The Saint, was my favourite Liverpool player at the time.
Needless to say, the Tigers got up by four or five goals, KB and Paddy Giuinane kicked four each and we were surrounded by Tiger supporters, I got swept away and have been a fanatical Tiger ever since.
Was a brilliant choice up to 1980!!
All through the dark days the passion never went away.
 

Tassie27

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Grade 5, 1976. Many at my primary school barracked for the tigers. I had another student who sat behind me in class who often brought her Richmond scarf to school. I recall her "combing" the fringe with her hands. Let's just say I joined my group of friends who all barracked for Richmond. The first game that I attended was Kevin Sheedy's last game. All I recall is that Melbourne won.
 

Tassie27

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That Telstra ad really annoys me. If that were my kid running off with Grandpa Simpson to cheer on the Swans, I’d never let her back in the house.
2007. My ex barracks for Geelong and are on top of the ladder and of course this was a year we finished bottom. My middle cherub son announces that he will now barrack for Geelong. I just said, " not if you ever want to eat again you won't." As he was living with me I think he thought better of it.
 

Drofder

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2007. My ex barracks for Geelong and are on top of the ladder and of course this was a year we finished bottom. My middle cherub son announces that he will now barrack for Geelong. I just said, " not if you ever want to eat again you won't." As he was living with me I think he thought better of it.
See, good parenting. Australia thanks you for this. He will too. :thumbsu:
 

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Bojangles17

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Have told mine before but don’t mind me again for the benefit of the newbs.
‘Twas 1974 , had just started school living in Forest Hill and dad booked me into east Burwood footy clinic Saturday mornings. Must have been only kid in school shorts and jumper so when my birthday rolled around I declared I wanted a footy jumper. I only new two teams Richmond and Norf. One of my bros was a Tiger and the rest of the street was , incl the neighbour with y&b Monaro so the choice was a simple one. I got me my first jumper , I want no 21 Neil Balme , not that thug my conservative old man declared so Barry Richardson #17 it was.
The tigers were prolific in numbers through my primary school years and I gotta say I took winning for granted until 1983 when the wheels fell off , that’s when I bought my my first membership at 14 and haven’t missed since .

Lots of my good mates are tigers and I’ve met many more good folk too in the social media age Have endured the bad times and enjoyed the good times. Am rapt that the club is finally thriving and rewarding the most loyal band of fans in the world. Until the triumphant 2017 final series my fav highlight was the 10game winning streak to make finals in 2014 , was an amazing run . Every one of the 2017 finals was mesmerising in its own way , so happy I didn’t miss a minute
Wouldn’t change a thing , an honour to be just 1 of 100,000
 

Tassie27

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Have told mine before but don’t mind me again for the benefit of the newbs.
‘Twas 1974 , had just started school living in Forest Hill and dad booked me into east Burwood footy clinic Saturday mornings. Must have been only kid in school shorts and jumper so when my birthday rolled around I declared I wanted a footy jumper. I only new two teams Richmond and Norf. One of my bros was a Tiger and the rest of the street was , incl the neighbour with y&b Monaro so the choice was a simple one. I got me my first jumper , I want no 21 Neil Balme , not that thug my conservative old man declared so Barry Richardson #17 it was.
The tigers were prolific in numbers through my primary school years and I gotta say I took winning for granted until 1983 when the wheels fell off , that’s when I bought my my first membership at 14 and haven’t missed since .

Lots of my good mates are tigers and I’ve met many more good folk too in the social media age Have endured the bad times and enjoyed the good times. Am rapt that the club is finally thriving and rewarding the most loyal band of fans in the world. Until the triumphant 2017 final series my fav highlight was the 10game winning streak to make finals in 2014 , was an amazing run . Every one of the 2017 finals was mesmerising in its own way , so happy I didn’t miss a minute
Wouldn’t change a thing , an honour to be just 1 of 100,000

You didn't happen to live anywhere near Koala avenue did you? Just that my friend lived there and they owned a yellow and black monaro. Was often driven to the footy in it.
 

CholEstrol

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Primary school winter 78 and if you didn't have a duffle coat with your teams colours on it you weren't in.
Even though Centrals was my local team my mate was a Glenelg supporter and I followed.
1980 another mate was from an English migrant family and he loved VFL. Got to watch the 80 flag on his new colour TV and fell in love with Richmond.
The Glenelg premierships 85 86 were a highlight during the tough times for Richmond. 91 - 99 Crows became my second team because so many good Glenelg players were part of that. Stopped caring about the Crows 2000 and focussed solely on Richmond whilst still keeping a strong interest in The Bays. 17 years later euphoria.
 

NaturalDisaster

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Everyone in my family supports a different team so I pretty much had free reign to support whoever I want . I started really getting into footy around five, started playing Auskick around this age (I have physical disabilities so playing any sport was tough, but I loved it).

My family started encouraging me to pick a team to support. I was oddly close to supporting Geelong, however after watching a couple of Richmond games I became a little obsessed with watching Richo. Not only that but the jumper and the colours really drew me in.

That’s pretty much my story, short and simple. And I’ve never regretted it, not even when Geelong were dominate and we s**t.
 

TigerTime17

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I grew up in Geelong and my father was a passionate Cats fan as was my older sister. I use to visit my fave uncle a lot and he was a passionate Tiger fan and had heaps of memorabilia on his walls. My uncle hated my father and i hated my older sister that much that I made the decision to follow the Tigers.

At the age of 6 I decided on the Tigers and use to ride my bike to my grandmothers house (a few streets away) every Saturday and listen to the game on the radio (no televised games then) and watch the replays when I could. I learned all of the players names as it was harder when listening to the broadcast to know who had the ball if you didn't know their names.

In 1979 I foolishly married my husband who was also a Cats fan but I made sure that if we went to the football that it was our game and never the Cats, unless we were playing them. He didn't get a choice really.

I went to as many games as I could and we were quite successful. I tried to get tickets to the 80 grand final against the Pies but missed out and watched it on the TV - and cried when we won then rang the local radio station and asked them to play "the winner takes it all' by Abba and dedicate it to my then husband hehehe.

I adore this club and even in the lean years I wouldn't hear a bad word spoken about them. To this day, if anyone slags my team off, the Satan in me comes out and I give them an ear full.

I hated living in Geelong so moved away as soon as I could and moved to Qld. I still listened to or watched every Tigers game. I moved back to Victoria (western suburbs to be closer to work in the city) 12 years ago to be closer to my mum who still lived in Geelong (who was a Tiger fan because I was hehe) and went to most MCG home games. I moved back to Geelong in late 2016 to care for my mum (who purchased my membership for me every year for Christmas).

When we made the finals in 2017 I was not able to attend the games as I was busy caring for my mum who passed away in Feb 2018. I gave my ticket code to a Tiger man so he could attend the Granny with his wife and although I wish I had of attended, I am glad a fellow Tiger got to see it!

The best thing about the finals win against Geelong in 2017 was walking around the town with my Tiger clothing on and rubbing it in to those filthy salty cat fans who thought they were above every other team.

I still buy memberships and will to the day I die. I bleed Yellow and Black. I never had children but if I had, I would have made sure they followed the Tigers or made to leave.
 

BruceTempany14

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I grew up in Sunbury in the 70s, a town full of Tigers supporters. I come from a large family (5 sisters, two brothers) who are all Tigers. My dad is Tiger as was his dad before. Mum was Collingwood and Fitzroy but switched the day she married dad. They loved the Tiger's as they were the 'Catholic Club' of the time in the 30s 40s AND 50S and also a haven for what many of that generation would know as the Old Labor Party (prior to 50's split with DLP etc.) (as opposed to the farce we've seen of recent times Rudd Gillard and heaven help us Shorten! As opposed to Carlton who were the choice of the liberal party!!

If we didn't barrack for tigers then we would've been booted out!! To this day I judge people on who they support. I for some reason have plenty of friends who support the druggies. They were cool in the 70s and 80s but from THE 90s turned into flogs, just like Kevin Sheedy (TRAITOR). but these days they aren't so arrogant.... yeah, they are!! I just keep telling them that 19 YEARS is a long premiership drought! Don't even get me started on Carlton!!

I remember the 73-74 flags and going to school and being so proud of Kevin Sheedy and Kevin Bartlett. For some reason I remember the 1977 Elimination Final quite clearly at VFL Park and Bryan Woods majestic mark.

Dad would take us to all MCG Games, he was in the Coterie for a fair while. I got to meet Geoff Raines, Bruce Tempany (what a great fella !!) Kim Kershaw, Ian Scrimshaw, Jim Jess and Big Bob Heard. I remember one game it was a half time scones and tea type thing for the Coterie and my brother and I were told by the old man to stay in the corner and be seen and not be heard. Ian Wilson was the President of the time and came other and had a quick chat to us. He gave us both a glass bottle of coke each, best coke I have ever had. I wrote to Caro recently and told her this story and to my surprise she wrote back. I love that chick!!


I was 13 when we won in 1980, it was nowhere as big or emotional for me as 2017. I went to 1982 second semi when we smashed Carlton and thought we would just win again. Even losing in the 82 GF wasn't so bad as you just assumed back then that another flag would come, that Roachy would just keep kicking bags of goals, we would just continue to recruit well from WA (Wiley Monteath Rioli) and that our U19s would just continue to churn out superstars from Essex Heights!! Instead we got Dan Foley, Todd Menegola and Jay Burton!! But to me they were Tigers. I wore my 'restore THE roar' windcheater everywhere and was fortunate to be at the 1990 Mother’s Day massacre when we beat Geelong at Krapdinia Park with Des Ryan starring on the day!! I think it may have been Stuart Maxfield’s first game for us (the traitor) I attribute a lot of my anxiety problems to the Tigers. These problems have dissipated over the past 2 years.


My brother and a mate travelled up to Sydney for what we thought may have bene Richmond's last game in the league around time of Save our Skins. We smacked Sydney, Mitchell goal of the century and Hogg was brilliant. It was a great drive home that night !!One of my greatest personal moments was having my name listed in the 1990 Richmond annual report as a SOS volunteer. I have two daughters and two sons, all of whom support the tigers. My two daughters are 24 & 25 and plenty of times wanted to leave, never got how great we were as a club. 2017 was for me more about them seeing them so happy, justified and look other supporters in the eye. And they could understand why I was such a mental case for so long.


For so long we were force fed Essendrug and lord help me Geelong. I know those two irrelevant clubs are heading for the wilderness. Tigers are back, normal service resumes! Eat em alive!!
 

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- how did you become Richmond supporter? Growing up in SA in the late 80's / early 90's we didnt see a lot of VFL/AFL footy on the TV. So grew up a Sturt supporter and pretty much just followed them. The Crows then came in 91ish which brought the AFL to our attention. Obviously every man and their dog locally started supporting the Crows which became boring as everyone liked the same team. Our local sides colors were Maroon and Yellow so i had a brief period or following the Bears before a player or couple of players caught my eye and its fair to say it was love at first sight. Wayne Campbell was really at the top of his game then but as a young forward myself Matthew Richardson was simply fascinating. We moved towns when i was 5 and the side my old man played over 200 games for locally were the Tigers and i loved going back there so naturally with Richo in full force and the black and yellow connection i chose the Tigers. Have had many lean years since then but all was repaid in 2017 and i wouldnt change a moment of it for anything.

- are you from a mixed team family? Yeah so my olds jumped on the Crows when they came in and have never waivered. Made for an interesting Grand Final in 2017 but at the end they were happy the Tigers won if it was only for my excitement. Dad hates Jack Riewoldt but i told him thats fine cause i hate Tex Walker. Evens :p

- if you have kids who do they support and how did that come about So ive got two girls 9 and 5. The oldest follows the Crows cause all the other kids do. She actually used to like the Cats cause well she likes Cats but has moved to the Crows. The youngest tells me she likes the Magpies and she dosent like the Tigers because Tigers eat people. Shes young enough that i will be able to convert her. We have one on way and if its a boy he will have no choice :). Mrs Wacky hates football. She has a cousin that played for Melbourne but couldnt have cared less.

And anything else related to the how and why you're a tiger. A couple of Tiger stories. The Day Richo kicked 10 against the Doggies there used to be a friday night text competition. Text in who will kick the most goals for the round for a chance at $2000. Well after a few beers i decided to post in Richo. Got a phone call monday morning from channel nine confirming i entered the comp and had won the comp. Thought it might have been my mates playing a prank on me until i received a cheque in the mail 6 weeks later.

Second one is probs more a Swans story than a Tigers one. I am good mates with one of the 2012 Premiership Swans players. We went to the game, cheered them on and ended up out with them at 'Eve' Nightclub. Anyways so we were there having a few drinks with the players and i received this text from a mate. Was a funny as fu** Mitch Morton meme from the Grand Final. Well i was literally standing right next to Mitch Morton when i got it. I showed it to him for which he had a quick chuckle then gave me the filthiest death stare. I wish i still had it cause it was funny as fu** but hey he won a flag in the end.
 

Bojangles17

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Not really a story of how i became a supporter but a good tiger story nevertheless so thought id share.

Think it was around 2010 we hadn’t one a game that year my old man decided to take me on my first road trip as a kid to adelaide.

Think we went across on the friday and were looking for a place to eat in ****ty hindley street that night. We were walking down the street and eventually bumped into some of the tiger boys getting a feed on a table outside.

My dad immediately stopped and said boys we’ve come across to watch you tomorrow. And anyway jack said to us well we better have a win for you.

We rock up the next day to football park and it poured down rain. My dad somehow managed to pick seats right near the port members seating. Both of us are very vocal at the footy and as you can imagine it didnt sit well with those ferals.

As the day went on somehow the luckless tigers went on to win that slog of a game. Im pretty sure it was hardwicks first win as coach.

As the siren went we ran down to the fence and were the only tigers fans really in the area. Jack spotted us and ran over giving me a signed ball and when he got closer he remembered we were the fans from last night.

Giving us a hug he said ‘i told you we’d have a win’

Something small but a great memory for me personally!
Love ya hardcore old man , haven’t won a game all year so good time to do a road trip and drive to adelaide , even I wouldn’t even do that and that’s saying something 😆
 
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