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hi everyone,excellent thread,enjoy reading so many interesting stories.

its all about larger than life figures and first impressions for me.
im now 51,it started around '74...my mother grew up 15 mins walk from western oval,her mum,my grandmother, was a richmond fan,she knew some
richmond committee man who was from footscray and she knew david thorpes parents whom debuted at doggies age 17 but played in tigers flag '74.so shed followed that thread...anyway she had this royce hart poster up in the spare room of him taking a spectacular mark and it captivated me,also in that room was a teddy bear,not an effeminate one, but a real footy one,the bear was a black cushion like bear with a yellow sash & a white number 4 on the back,she noticed my fascination immediately,she handed it to me & the rest is history.

During '75 she hand knitted me a yellow and black scarf which i still have to this day.its long been wrapped in plastic protected from the elements.

i remember mum and nan debating many times both david thorpe and robert mcghie who had both become richmond premiership players after starting at footscray and how my mum was disgusted at how 2 local boys had left her beloved dogs.

i'll never forget a particular day as a 7 yr old walking up to the western ovalfrom nans on a sunny april saturday,standing on beer cans in the inner listening to all the bulldogs supporters giving it to bartlett,bourke,sheedy and co. after keeping the reigning premiers to 4 goals in perfect conditions and in the proccess thumping us by 12 goals.it was unheard of for footscray to do that to richmond,let alone a reigning premiers richmond,but they did and i'll never forget the joy it gave my mum and her friends and all the bulldogs supporters that day,they were all laughing and swearing and smoking and drinking and enjoying, i guess,one of the best wins in that clubs history up to then.

lastly another endearing impression of richmond i can remember as a kid was watching a young surfie looking dude named allan edwards glide up and down the wings at arden st a few times from '75-'77 going toe to toe with the great keith greig and listening to my father,who wasnt a richmond or north supporter,tell me or anyone who wanted to listen that edwards was the next big superstar 'whilst sipping beer from a can' after edwards held his own once again with the legend that was keith greig..theys was great times
 
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I never really remember making a choice to support Richmond, it was just a given since I was born I guess. My father and grandfather were both mad Richmond supporters and I was just born with a Richmond jumper on I guess. Dad was 14 when we won in 1980 so he didn't really appreciate it at the time and was doomed to suffer through the next 37 years of mediocrity, he lived 3 hours away but would still get to 4 or 5 games every season. He was a firefighter and has often told me the story of how he was out fighting a bushfire after we beat Essendon in the 1995 semi-final and somehow managed to secure tickets to the Prelim against Geelong using a satellite phone out at the fire front even though the person on the other end of the phone couldn't get his head around the concept that they couldn't both talk at the same time and to only start talking once Dad had said over. But he finally got the tickets and sat through the game at the G watching Geelong absolutely dismantle us, I was only 3 years old at the time.

I only really started getting passionate about football when I was in high school and Dad and I would often make the 3 hour trip down to Melbourne to watch the Tiges. Some of the stronger memories include:

- Crying at Avenel roadhouse after Cuz did his hammy
- Dad accidentally punching a bloke in the head when he jumped out of his seat when Bowden kicked a late goal to put us in front against Brisbane at Docklands
- The Andy Collins game against Sydney
- The infamous Richo hands in the back
- Seeing Melbourne supporters celebrating after the Jordy McMahon goal
- Listening to Dimmas first win as coach against Port in 2010 on the radio with Dad
- The heartbreaking string of elimination final losses, including a roadtrip to Adelaide. Nick Duigan still sends shivers down my spine.

After the Hawks game in 2017 I decided I was upgrading to an MRC membership, Dad didn't as he thought it would be a bad omen. I got my ticket down on level 1 down the Punt Rd end behind the cheersquad and Dad managed to sneak into the MCC with a mates membership so we didn't get to watch the game together but he came over after the final siren and we stood on some chairs arm in arm down the Punt Rd end and watched the boys celebrate, one of the best memories of my life.

Have just booked some flights & accommodation for the final in Brisbane so hoping to make some more good memories in a couple of weeks.
 

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But he finally got the tickets and sat through the game at the G watching Geelong absolutely dismantle us, I was only 3 years old at the time.
I was there as well, it was a wet horrible day out at Waverly, why we played Geelong there I don't remember but all the Tiger supporters singing our song in the last quarter as we were getting pumped was the highlight of the game. Nick Daffy mentioned on the Sunday footy show how awesome it was to hear the fans, even though they had put in a shocker which was cool to hear.
 

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I never really remember making a choice to support Richmond, it was just a given since I was born I guess. My father and grandfather were both mad Richmond supporters and I was just born with a Richmond jumper on I guess. Dad was 14 when we won in 1980 so he didn't really appreciate it at the time and was doomed to suffer through the next 37 years of mediocrity, he lived 3 hours away but would still get to 4 or 5 games every season. He was a firefighter and has often told me the story of how he was out fighting a bushfire after we beat Essendon in the 1995 semi-final and somehow managed to secure tickets to the Prelim against Geelong using a satellite phone out at the fire front even though the person on the other end of the phone couldn't get his head around the concept that they couldn't both talk at the same time and to only start talking once Dad had said over. But he finally got the tickets and sat through the game at the G watching Geelong absolutely dismantle us, I was only 3 years old at the time.

I only really started getting passionate about football when I was in high school and Dad and I would often make the 3 hour trip down to Melbourne to watch the Tiges. Some of the stronger memories include:

- Crying at Avenel roadhouse after Cuz did his hammy
- Dad accidentally punching a bloke in the head when he jumped out of his seat when Bowden kicked a late goal to put us in front against Brisbane at Docklands
- The Andy Collins game against Sydney
- The infamous Richo hands in the back
- Seeing Melbourne supporters celebrating after the Jordy McMahon goal
- Listening to Dimmas first win as coach against Port in 2010 on the radio with Dad
- The heartbreaking string of elimination final losses, including a roadtrip to Adelaide. Nick Duigan still sends shivers down my spine.

After the Hawks game in 2017 I decided I was upgrading to an MRC membership, Dad didn't as he thought it would be a bad omen. I got my ticket down on level 1 down the Punt Rd end behind the cheersquad and Dad managed to sneak into the MCC with a mates membership so we didn't get to watch the game together but he came over after the final siren and we stood on some chairs arm in arm down the Punt Rd end and watched the boys celebrate, one of the best memories of my life.

Have just booked some flights & accommodation for the final in Brisbane so hoping to make some more good memories in a couple of weeks.
Haha you’re old man sounds like me , I resisted upgrading MRC until we beat freo in r22 for fear of mozzing it. The rest is history
 

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it was mid 1982 we we had just moved to Melbourne from Sydney, dad was in the navy at the time and it was his time to serve our country in a city called Melbourne. Dad is actually South Australian while mum is from a large Victorian family, as a young 7 year old from Sydney all I ever knew was rugby league, being born in paddington I was a Rooster the day I was born (the red, white & blue) however living in Blacktown at the time it didnt sit well with the locals back then LOL

So the navy moved the family (mum and sister) out west to Sunshine (bulldog country) and dad wanted me to play sport and introduced me to the game of footy. The old man is a Richmond supporter (also Sturt supporter) so I followed suit, the first game I ever went to was Richmond v Carlton at the G Round 20 1982 in front of 70,000 supporters. It was the day I fell in love with a new team, a new sport, new colours and my hatred for all things navy blue was born.

We didnt win that day, in fact we got well beaten, looking back on the score however it was 28 points but it felt much much worse on that particular day.

Richmond9.10 (64)Carlton13.14 (92)MCG71,20314 August 1982

My love for Richmond continued to grow that year, some say "bandwagoner" could possibly be applied however we all know what happened in 1982 and I just happened to watch the game at home with mum's brother who was a one-eyed Carlton supporter and the rest of our extended family. He had a 20 cent bet with me that day and when the final siren rang and I knew we had lost .. I ran off balling my eyes out LMAO my uncle felt bad and wanted to give me his 20 cents instead, but I refused to take it as my sadness grew into anger .. that bloody Carlton team once again getting in my way of happiness.

Over the next few years, dad would take me to plenty of Richmond games all over the state, from the Western Oval, to the G, Victoria Park and even Artic Park. However there was one place I refused to step into and never did ... shitty ol Princes Park ... w***ers.

At the end of 1984, much to my sadness we had to move back to Sydney but VFL followed me there as it was my new love, found a new hatred the bloody Swans, played footy for a Club in Heathcote called the Hawks and had to wear the poo and wee colours to my disgust. Got to play little league on the SCG a couple of times and what I look back on as a stitch up had to wear Swan colours one week while the Tigers came to town. Finding out our opponents in the local league the Bangor Tigers were to be Richmond for the day. I turned to dad and said you signed me up for the wrong team !!!!

1989 the family would move one last time, this time it would be to Perth another Footy loving state, no longer hear my mates refer to the sport I loved as ariel ping pong and I was free of those bum sniffing losers, however a new team was born and a new hatred was formed being the West Coast Eagles. I remember sitting with the family on the old grassed hill at Subiaco oval back in those early days, you could actually play kick to kick during a game. Thats how empty the stadium was back then. These days however theres a new 60K seat Stadium near the Casino filled with the biggest bunch of bandwagon supporters you ever will see. The Chardonnay set is still alive and well my Tiger friends and these flog supporters when I look back comparing them to what we have had to endure for 30+ years and they have no idea about tough times and sticking with a team when the chips are down. It's all about Victorian bias over here.

I guess the formation of Fremantle is kind of ironic in that respect when you think about it.

Go the Tigers !! let's take back what's ours and also give me the satisfaction of "sticking it up em" here in the west.
 
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Hello, I only just joined so I'm not sure if I should even be posting here but I'll see how it goes.

My family is all Hawthorn, and I can't remember that well why I went against the accepted tradition of the hawks at age 6 but i seem to remember a pretty girl I liked at the time was tiger mad and even though she never gave me a second look once your into the Tigers there's no turning back, come hell or high water we love em and that's that.

My fiance never really got into football but after witnessing me become a nutjob for a week leading up to our GLORIOUS grand final win, my going insane at every crows call during the game and the tears of joy when I knew we had the crows on the canvas she looked at me and said "I love you baby and you love them so I'm Richmond all the way with you"..... I asked her to marry me 3 days later.

My kids are split, my Dad got to my eldest daughter and she's a Hawk, I still remember that sh*t eating grin of his every time she said she was a Hawthorn girl...........
My youngest is a Tiger through and through, my Dad tried his arse off taking her to Hawks games and everything but I pulled a low blow to stop him corrupting my other child........
I told her when she was a kid that Santa was a tigers supporter and if she didn't follow the Tigers then he'd put her on the naughty list and get no presents.... Cruel I know but hey you do what you gotta do to save the cubs when treachery is afoot haha
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I'd have to say my most memorable moment besides the granny would be bumping into Richo outside his hotel room when we were staying at the same place a few years back.
Like some creepy stalker I came back to his door and belted on it with a 6 pack of boags premium, a desperate please talk to me smile and a request for a chat and if not that a photo.
Richo answered the door and was an absolute champ to me. I got to spend the next 30 minutes watching the big fella smash a pizza in what seemed to be a new Guinness world record, talked about the tiges and had a beer and a laugh with a complete legend of a bloke. I got my phone stolen at my mates BBQ a few nights later though while it was charging and along with it my 3 selfies of me and Richo.
There's a special place in hell for Richo selfie thieves.........

And finally i spose ill say how I ended up here, I used to have a good mate with an awesome man cave and we would watch tigers games together, get messed up and have a laugh and he would mention this place to me quite often and tell me I need to join but I just never got around to it.
Sadly though he passed away a few years back and missed our awesome grand final win and for a while the thought of checking this place out just made me sad. Time heals all wounds though and now days being here makes me smile remembering that idiot, he was the funniest campaigner I ever met.

So that's the story so far and I'm happy to finally be here.

God I love this footy club, I'd be lost without em
 
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Hey Guys,
Like above First time posting. Not new I just forgot my last log in details from 2014.

Ok my story begins as we arrived in Australia on 27th September 1980 at 11:00 am to my uncles house, everyones a bloody Aunty or an uncle when your young.
I was 3 years old, didn't speak English and never seen colour TV. Also apparently an escape artist. This is a story from Mum told at my 21st in Beaconsfield.

After running off in this new country with my 4 year old sister, we ended up in my "uncles" car pretending we could drive. Long story short, stood on the hand break, was somehow put into Neutral and rolled down the driveway, hit a tree blah blah. Anyway as punishment was forcibly pushed into a seating position in front of this colour TV where it was the live coverage of a sport I have never seen before. Dad was having a discussion about these proceedings as he was a professional football, soccer, player for Capetown and in Afrikannse the were saying its Australian rules Football.

Dad said it was a blessing as I didn't move for 5 hours, and didn't blink just transfixed on a little skinny bald player who always had the ball. Thats how it started and cemented the following year with a skilful darkie named Rioli. Every school dress up from kindergarten was a mix between, G Force and Maurice.

I gave all my pocket money to the save our skins campaign and happily sacrificed a new Masters of the Universe to help the club. Ive ridden the highs and lows for over 39years and proudly wore a RFC beanie that mum and dad posted to me where ever my address in the USA or Canada when I travelled the world chasing snow for 16years.

At the Giants preliminary final two years ago, I sunk to my seat when the siren went crying my eyes out, only to have some other supporter behind me pull me up and say and "I thought I was a tragic, wait till my wife meets you", I left the biggest wet patch on his shoulder.

To finish up, the phone Rang while I was on Swan street going crazy, having a .... of the good stuff. It was my Fiancee screaming/crying/yelling at me to get to the Royal Women's hospital now! I ran to punt road and managed to hail a cab. It sobers you up pretty f***ing quick a phone call like that.

Miller Grace Ventura was born on 30th September 2017 at 11:00pm.

Best day of my life.
 

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I was born in Fitzroy, into a bomber family, and lived around the corner from Windy Hill. Went to Aberfeldie Primary School.
On September 27, 1980 I attended my good mate's 6th birthday party. I think it was at St Albans, but hey it was a long time ago.
They were a tiger family. I became a tiger that day.

Anyone else here at that party?
 

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We lived in Geelong in 63..and parents were both Cats supporters. I started playing LL Footy..and mum took me to KMart to buy a football outfit. There was something about Richmond that really appealed to me. Black with that Yellow stripe so I asked for a full Richmond kit..socks and all. Loved the Tigers and they were a great team in this era. Burke Barrott Clay...Hart Bartlett. Power football team. Have to say I went off Tigers after Balme hit on Southby. That was a cowardly act and having been poleaxed the same way myself as a senior player understood how Southby would have felt.. Was once asked to train with Richmond but I think I was too intimidated to go down to Punt Road. So whilst I have lived in Geelong and basked in their recent glories I can tell you that I will be on the Tigers next week especially if they are against Collingwood. Go Tiges. A love lost but well remembered! ;)
 

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My Tiger story.

- how did you become Richmond supporter? My Dad was a Tiger, and my Grandfather. They used to take me to the footy every week in the early 1970's. Western Oval, Windy Hill, Moorabbin, Junction Oval, VFL Park...even got spat on at Victoria Park...and of course the G. Great days

- are you from a mixed team family? Nope - all Tigers!

- if you have kids who do they support and how did that come about - my 2 x boys are Tigers. We've been going regularly since they were little - they are now 19 and 15 and are both 16 year members!

I'm a 25 year member...though was also a member when I was a kid...so a gap of a few years in my older teens...

2019 Grand Final - I managed to get my Dad to come down from Qld - he saw his first Tiger Premiership in person after all these years. Special day - 3 generations sitting and celebrating together! What a day!
 

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My family emigrated from the UK and arrived in Victoria in the early 1970s. Parents had no interest in sports, and had no idea about football. After about a year, the neighbours - keen Bulldogs supporters - thought a proper 5 year old Aussie kid should know about the football, and prevailed on my parents to take me to a game - at Western Oval. Can't remember much about the game other than it was cold, but the guys in yellow and black won, so I thought I was a good luck charm, and hence started the love for the Tigers.

In the late 70s was lucky enough to have friends whose parents seemed very keen on football (and had connections) so would get taken to the football a few weekends a year. One of my mates' father was on the board of the old South Melbourne FC, and would get us into the rooms when the Tigers played (although sitting in the old Lakeside Oval Members stand meant I wasn't allowed to wear my Tiger colours or cheer if we won - which was pretty rare anyway. I was there in the last round of 1980, keeping very quiet as the Tigers got thumped). As a school kid in 1980, I though the success was a given, and when I was taken to the 1982 Grand Final, I never imagined for a moment that would be the best it would be for 3+ decades. I started taking myself to the footy in the 1980s, catching up with mates, and loved singing the song on the rare occasions we won.

In 1991 I was lucky enough to marry a girl who had no interest in football but was (and still is) very happy for me to go to the matches. When our 2 daughters were born, it became a family joke that I sang them the Tiger theme song every night, and decked them out in yellow and black every time we won. I started taking them to the football when they were about 5 - although kick-to-kick on the ground after the game was dangerous for little girls - and signed them up as RFC members. We had an agreement that I had to take them to at least one game every year that they got to sing the song at in the end. There were several years we attended 8 or 9 games... which, living in country Victoria, was quite the effort. They've both grown up to be avid Tigers, both are Gold members, often going to the games together when I couldn't, and the (4th) happiest day of my life was 30 September 2017 when the 3 of us were in the very last row of the Ponsford stand together, all crying and hugging as the years of frustration washed away on one glorious, scarcely believable afternoon.

This year, one daughter has relocated to London, but she was up watching on the WatchAFL app, while we face-timed her from the MCG last Saturday. And my 80 year old Dad, who still has almost no interest in sports, watched the game on TV and sent me a message at half time telling me the Tigers were clearly the best team. Could have knocked me over with a feather (and I didn't know he even knew how to send a text message!!).
 

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I was born in Fitzroy, into a bomber family, and lived around the corner from Windy Hill. Went to Aberfeldie Primary School.
On September 27, 1980 I attended my good mate's 6th birthday party. I think it was at St Albans, but hey it was a long time ago.
They were a tiger family. I became a tiger that day.

Anyone else here at that party?
Not at the party but played football down the road at Clifton Park
 

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I'm 60. Lucky enough to be supporting Richmond from the good old days of the late 60s. In 1969 after the grand final win, I cut out all the celebratory articles & posters out of the newspapers and stuck them on the Grade 5 classroom wall. Ripped down all the old moon landing stuff. My mum was the relief teacher for the term. It was her idea. I am from Aberfeldie & I do have memories of Windy Hill. Essendon FC gave our school a season's ticket, for grade 6 kids to use. I remember baggsing it the first week & then no one else was interested so I kept it all year. Couldn't really see much between adults legs. It was became more fun as a 15, 16 year old, as a place to sink a few tinnies with school mates in the outer. There were brawls every week none more classic than the one involving Graeme Richmond.

One of my good friends was a younger brother of Ricky McLean. So I was happy when he transferred across to Richmond. Our primary school footy team did well because we had 2 big kids who had repeated a year. The only flag I ever won. I was super keen on playing footy but U13s was the youngest age group, I boundary umpired for the under 13s for 4 years. But captained Aberferldie’s inaugural year of U11s. They awarded/gifted me the B & F too but my Vice captain, Clinton Casey, deserved it. He went on to be a good ruckman and a reknowned business man. Oh, and president of the tigers. My interest in playing footy waned until I gave it up after U15s. Too short, too slow.

The old man was born and bred in Essendon, Keilor Road, in fact but he was a staunch catholic and labour voter, and so hated Essendon football club for their protestant ness. He barracked for Richmond, the catholic club. Through the early 70s 72~74. There were nothing but Richmond grand finals for me and a younger brother. In standing room catching glimpses of action between people standing in front of me. I do recall Billy Barrot steaming out of the centre of the G, drop kicking goals. Oh and Balmey going the biff on some Carlton player.

Drifted away from footy from the mid 70s, and was more into surfing. Spending as much time as possible down the west coast. By the late 70 & early 80s I was back and forward to SE Asia. Surfboard under arm. The last trip had been back via Perth so I made my way back to Melbourne via the Kimberley and saw a game or 2 up there. Indig. Guys playing barefoot. By the late 80s, settling down found me and the missus and kid in West Footscray. And going down to Whitten Oval to see a few games of Dogs & Lions. It was good to see the Tiges come good in the mid 90s. I loved that team.

But itchy feet saw the familia up stumps to NSW. As far north as you can get. Get to games in Brizzy & the GC.
 

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As a kid I barracked for Melbourne with no real ties to them other than I liked the demon logo. Liked the jumper also.

An older friend of my parents who we knew from church in 1977 invited me to watch my team Melbourne play his team Richmond.

Richmond beat Melbourne easily that day but I remember running to the players race and seeing Kevin Sheedy in his muddy lace up walking up the race at half time. He looked as if he had given his all. It is an image that remains with me. That along with Bartlett running amok down the boundary.

Next week the friend asked me if I wanted to go again next week. it wouldn't be to see Melbourne of course, it would be his team Richmond take on North Melbourne at Arden Street. Tigers lost to the stronger Kangaroos.

I took him up on that offer and I kept going each week with him and you just know when you become a Richmond supporter based on how you feel about wins and losses. i was a mad Richmond supporter by 1978 and depressed or on a high depending on the result.

He took me to games between 1977-1983 when I was too young to go by myself. Hope he saw the premierships from above. He chose well for me.

Go Tigers. 42 years. Bloody hell.
 

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My Tiger story:

- how did you become Richmond supporter?
This was actually a gift from an ex BF. He and his family were from Richmond and mad Tiger fans. Being from the Gold Coast, I hadn't really taken an interest in AFL but was promptly introduced to the world of footy and the Richmond FC. That was around 15 years ago (one of my first memories was Brownys broken leg :( and everything that was Richo).

- are you from a mixed team family?
My family now support Richmond by default because of me, however we all also kinda support the Suns because they are our local and if we don't put bums on seats they may close the club, which means no Richmond games at Metricon!!
 

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My Tiger story:

- how did you become Richmond supporter?
This was actually a gift from an ex BF. He and his family were from Richmond and mad Tiger fans. Being from the Gold Coast, I hadn't really taken an interest in AFL but was promptly introduced to the world of footy and the Richmond FC. That was around 15 years ago (one of my first memories was Brownys broken leg :( and everything that was Richo).

- are you from a mixed team family?
My family now support Richmond by default because of me, however we all also kinda support the Suns because they are our local and if we don't put bums on seats they may close the club, which means no Richmond games at Metricon!!
Welcome aboard ,
 

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You blokes have a better memory than mine because I can’t pinpoint the moment I became a Tiger but it was mid 70’s and was a combination of the Flags (73/74 - I was very young), being in a Tiger recruiting zone (Glen Waverley) and my best mate living next door being a Tiger.
He was in a family of Blues supporters and was the only Tigers fan.
My family didn’t really follow footy but the old man had a soft spot for the Saints and eventually my sisters married into the black and white filth with my brother developing a genuine interest in football also being a Pies loser.

My mum became a Tiger fan because as the youngest in our family and the last one at home, her joy was inextricably linked to my joy which ebbed and flowed to the fortunes of the yellow and black boys from Punt Rd.

I DO remember the losses, the heavy and demoralising defeats - Carlton at Princes Park, the Hawks, the Cats, the Bombers and the Eagles as they rolled through their era’s and we wallowed in our reoccurring “errors”.

I also remember the false dawns, the rise and falls of the “saviours” - KB, Northey, the Geish - who could forget the moving the players toward the cheer squad at Princess Park in the 90’s? And what about Terry being locked and loaded at the beginning of 2009?

That round 1 game remained my darkest moment because the snake oil salesman sucked me in beautifully and after that moment I vowed to never look forward to winning a flag - I would only look back by basking in our reflected glory.....

And yet these struggles are what has defined us as supporters and made us the greatest supporter base in the competition.

We have been there through thick and thin.

When we booed the Cats players in 2017, our support was a tangible advantage. I remember a mate talking to a Cats player and he remarked that the booing was that intense it stopped a couple of them in their tracks when they ran out onto the ground.

That’s the Tiger fan whose been waiting and waiting and waiting for our moment to come.

In 2017, it was such a shock to win the damned thing, my mum had to go out to the garden periodically until it became obvious we were going to win it.

Then, this year became a family affair.

The 3 kids, my wife and my dear old mum at 81 years of age enjoyed a dominate display of a team who represented a club that finally decided to build something properly after nearly 30 years of short cuts.

I still remember Dimma’s first speech at the B&F.

“We are going to do things properly at the club”

Our win last month was the pinnacle of that comment.

I love our club, I love our supporters and have lost count of the moments of camaraderie from our wins over the years.

To win a flag has taken that camaraderie to new levels and reinforces to me and my kids why we are so lucky to barrack for this club in such an incredible era ... finally! An era!!!!
 

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My dad was born in 1925 and lived in Lyndhurst St Richmond barely 100m from St Ignatius. His own father died tragically when Dad was just two and his mum and his uncles made sure that the RFC would became part of his life. He attended his first Grand Final in 1933 which the Tigers lost to South. When I was a young kid he would always tell me how difficult life was during the depression and especially so in Richmond. Getting taken to Punt Road to see the Tigers was the only thing he looked forward to. He took me to my first game in Rd 1 1970, the first ever Sunday game, there was a massive crowd and we lost to Fitzroy. And the Queen was there.
Finals followed in 71,72 but dad could only afford standing room tickets and he built a little stool for me to stand on. And soon the premierships started.
He is 94 now and after losing the love of his life after 65 years together in late August of 2017, we know the Tigers had a friend in heaven making sure they got the job done.
After the post siren celebrations in Swan St I raced straight out to Dad’s place and we sat and watched the game together, something I will never forget.
And we did it all again this year!
So my Dad has given me a lot in life, and I just thank God he was born a Tiger.
 

frickenel

Draftee
Mar 27, 2008
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11
melbourne
AFL Club
Richmond
My uncle played for Geeling (John Sharrock) so some of my family are moggie supporters.

We moved from Tooleybuc to Wandin When I was still too young to adopt a team. Fortunately there was a baker who delivered bread that was (and still is) a mad tiger supporter. He converted my older brothers and so I was saved from being a home ground whinge bag.

I've been a member for in excess of 35 years, and also buy mum a 3121 membership.

She was Carlton, despite her brothers days at Geelong, but converted after the Jezza break up. Her first year as a Tiger was a premiership year and she hasn't looked back.

Growing up out on a cherry orchard, my brothers and I would walk around the orchard and surrounding bushland glued to our radios. Back then we'd get to maybe 7 or 8 games.

An aqueduct winds through the bush and there was an old barn with an over grown garden, giant oaks and chestnut trees etc around it.

We'd lay about and listen to the footy when our chores were done under those trees.

Now I attend all of our Melbourne games with mum and one of my brothers.

2017 was my first GF and an amazing day to share with mum and my brother.

2019 was amazing as well, but 2017 was extra special.

More please Dimma!
 

Lsta062

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Jul 15, 2014
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Well, mine isn’t as interesting as others I’d say lol.

I started following Richmond in 2003 I believe. I was about 10-11 years at that time. I migrated from overseas and I didn’t know about AFL until then. I first lived in Carlton so I was very very close to becoming a Carlton supporter (I’m so happy I didn’t go down that route!). When it came to officially picking a club, I gravitated towards Richmond because I thought tigers were cool. When starting primary school, I had two close friends who were both Richmond supporters and that solidified Richmond for me.

I wasn’t really on the internet all that much at the time but our school had the ladder up in one of the hallways and I used to get very frustrated that we were always on the bottom of the ladder. I didn’t like how we were always teased or pitied. “Final straw” came 1 or 1 and a half years into following Richmond as Richmond won the wooden spoon. Then, I decided that I’d go for Sydney instead of Richmond.

For the first 11 rounds or so, I went for “Sydney” (it was very unofficial because I’d always have my eye on what Richmond does lol). I noticed that Sydney were towards the bottom of the ladder but Richmond were doing decently. In Round 11, I “jumped ship” back to Richmond. Sydney go on to win the Premiership and Richmond collapsed in a heap.

Alas, I stuck with Richmond since then without pretending I liked another team more and have not looked back since. I missed a lot of the 37 years of wilderness considering that I wasn’t around in the 80s and didn’t know anything about AFL in the 90s. I still caught more than enough of the 2000s and early 2010s though to understand the pain of those lean years!
 

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