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Shezza18

Rookie
Nov 19, 2019
34
65
AFL Club
Richmond
Born into a Richmond family, dad grew up in Portland SW Victoria and the towns team were the Tigers so he started following them when he relocated to Melbourne in the late 40s. We weren't given a choice, I'm the 4th of 5 children and 2021 will be my 51st year as a member, 6 of us including both parents (both deceased) are over 50 year members and 4 grandchildren have approx 70 years of membership between them as well. I go every week in Melbourne and some interstate games and after seeing all the lean years am absolutely over the moon at how things are going at Tigerland right now 💛🖤🐯🚂🏆
 

Pacman77

Rookie
Jul 11, 2010
36
54
Narre Warren
AFL Club
Richmond
Other Teams
South Melbourne F.C
Family roots with RFC spans 4 generations and dates back to the late 1920s when my paternal grandfather emigrated from Greece and his first place of residence in Australia was in Richmond. A great uncle of mine was also a club administrator in the 1950s. We were raised to absolutely despise Carlton, the pies not so much. First game I attended was in 1985 at the debacle against Geelong at Waverley where we threw away a decent 3/4 time lead to lose the match.. can recall Jacko playing in that game too! Vivid memories of the 1989 match against Brisbane being played in the most appalling conditions i've ever seen at the G. From 1990 to 2001 I attended almost every home and away game in Melb including a stint in the cheer squad for a year or two.. from 2002 onwards i've averaged 8 games a year due to personal circumstances but have maintained membership since 1991. Seen all the biggest thrashings, stood in the most miserable weather at suburban grounds, the false dawns, as well as heard many years worth of derogatory remarks from opposition fans. 2017 was special but not even a serious back injury stopped me from standing and watching the finals all the way through. 2019 was a tough year.. around the time of the grand final, Dad had weeks to live and I conveyed a message from him to the club and asked that it be read out to the players. They didn't disappoint and Dad left this world a very happy man soon after.

2020 - why stop at 3 in 4 years?
 

Coach_Required

Norm Smith Medallist
Feb 19, 2008
5,175
13,159
Perth
AFL Club
Richmond
Other Teams
Sydney Roosters,Liverpool & Celtics
Hey All, i know this thread is more about how we became tigers but i just want to say tell your loved ones how much they mean to you because you never know if you will get another chance.

Im 45 and im married with 3 teenage kids and last Wednesday while at work suffered a stroke which almost ended my life.

Im now on the road to recovery and was released from hospital to continue my rehab at home.

It was only 4 weeks ago i waa jumping around my dads living room celebrating our 3rd flag in 4 years.

Im on the road to recovery they found out i have a small hole in my heart that allowed a blood clot enter my arteries and went to my head, struggling from double vision and balance but i seem to be getting better with each day.

Go Tiges
 

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dusty1234!

2017 2019 2020
Jan 14, 2020
963
2,097
Melbourne
AFL Club
Richmond
Other Teams
Manchester United
Hey All, i know this thread is more about how we became tigers but i just want to say tell your loved ones how much they mean to you because you never know if you will get another chance.

Im 45 and im married with 3 teenage kids and last Wednesday while at work suffered a stroke which almost ended my life.

Im now on the road to recovery and was released from hospital to continue my rehab at home.

It was only 4 weeks ago i waa jumping around my dads living room celebrating our 3rd flag in 4 years.

Im on the road to recovery they found out i have a small hole in my heart that allowed a blood clot enter my arteries and went to my head, struggling from double vision and balance but i seem to be getting better with each day.

Go Tiges
Wish you the best in your recovery mate.
 

SDMTiger4

Draftee
Dec 4, 2020
19
67
AFL Club
Richmond
After years of reading the posts on here to get my Tigers fix, I decided to take the plunge and register so I can add my two cents worth from time to time. What better place to start than why I began following the mighty tigers.
I was brought up in a family following Essendon. It's just what we did. My best mate at primary school was a Richmond supporter, so I went to a few tigers games with him growing up. My good mate at high school was a Melbourne supporter, but we never went to the footy together, preferring to go to the races. I used to travel from Hampton to Essendon by train as a young bloke, would have to queue up for hours outside Windy Hill to try & get a seat in the old dilapidated wooden stand, and if you missed out, you stood in the elements. I got to the stage where I thought I just wanted to be able to go to the footy, get a seat no worries, and enjoy the game. I decided it had to be either Melbourne or Richmond as there was no worries about getting a seat at the G. Although it was in 1971, and Richmond had had the most recent success of the 2 clubs, it came down to who was playing at the G the next week, and it was a Tigers game. Talk about sliding doors. Never a better example for me. Out of habit I got to the G early, and was the only person outside the entire ground. I sat on the ground with my back against one of the big green wooden doors outside the old Southern Stand, and waited, and waited. What seemed like hours later, a guy with his son (Rick) who was about the same age as me rocked up. We got chatting and they were mad tigers fans, and lived only a few miles from my place. They went to the footy every week, and asked me to sit with them. We sat in the front row of the southern stack, directly behind the old clock, right on the wing. And that's where we would be every tigers home game. Rick & I would go into the rooms and mingle with the likes of Dean, Hart, Green, Bartlett, Sheedy, and the new kid on the block, Ian Stewart. We'd see the revered Roy Wright down in the rooms. Stewie was the toughest player I had seen. Not tough as in biffo tough, (we had the likes of Ricky McLean and Balmey for that) but the punishment he was able to absorb, and the way he attacked the footy. Royce Hart was just a brilliant player. He made the difficult seem easy. Some players just make it look like the game is taking place in slow motion. That was Hart.
Once I had been to my first Tigers game without any allegiance to essendon, I was hooked. It was totally different to what I felt when I barracked for essendon. After just one game it was in my blood. Unless you are a tigers fan, you can't explain it. We made the final four in that 1971 season, and Stewie won the Brownlow. Whilst we didn't make the grand final, the first few years as a tiger supporter were outstanding. As we all know, we had a massive drought after 1980, but my love of the tigers, and that passion, has never wavered. In the mid 70's when I started full time work, one of the old guys I worked with was a statistician at Richmond on the weekends. I got to meet quite a number of the players at his house over the years, and shared a few beers with the boys.
There were some tough times between1980 and 2017, and you would take delight in the slightest good thing that an individual, or the team, did. A rare win against the odds, a player taking mark of the day, things we now take for granted. That long 37 year drought, now just seems like a couple of seasons, and we are all blessed to be able to watch what I believe is the best all-round team over the last 50 years. Not a team filled with champions, but a team filled with players that play their role, play for their teammates, and play for the club. And boy, what a club. A club that has turned it around from being a bit of a basket case, to the envy of the whole competition. We owe so much to the likes of Peggy and Benny. Gotta love the Tigers.
p.s. I hate Essendon. I put up with so much crap from essendon supporters when the tigers were down. I'm really glad that club is feeling some of the pain that the tigers did during the lean years.
Go Tiges!
 

wegetpumped

Premiership Player
Apr 12, 2015
3,798
4,657
Central Victoria Bendigo
AFL Club
Richmond
Other Teams
Leeds United
Hey All, i know this thread is more about how we became tigers but i just want to say tell your loved ones how much they mean to you because you never know if you will get another chance.

Im 45 and im married with 3 teenage kids and last Wednesday while at work suffered a stroke which almost ended my life.

Im now on the road to recovery and was released from hospital to continue my rehab at home.

It was only 4 weeks ago i waa jumping around my dads living room celebrating our 3rd flag in 4 years.

Im on the road to recovery they found out i have a small hole in my heart that allowed a blood clot enter my arteries and went to my head, struggling from double vision and balance but i seem to be getting better with each day.

Go Tiges
Never been scared of anything in my life but the stroke I had changed all that very scary stuff m8. Wish you all the best. Age nowadays does not matter it could happen to anyone at any time.
 

Coach_Required

Norm Smith Medallist
Feb 19, 2008
5,175
13,159
Perth
AFL Club
Richmond
Other Teams
Sydney Roosters,Liverpool & Celtics
Never been scared of anything in my life but the stroke I had changed all that very scary stuff m8. Wish you all the best. Age nowadays does not matter it could happen to anyone at any time.
thanks mate, and youre right scariest time of my life, good news is 2 and a bit months on, my eyesight has nearly fully returned, ive got my balance back and feeling a lot better.

Still have to meet the cardiologist in feb about possibly closing the hole, still not allowed to drive or return to work yet, but feeling good. Hope your going well too
 

wegetpumped

Premiership Player
Apr 12, 2015
3,798
4,657
Central Victoria Bendigo
AFL Club
Richmond
Other Teams
Leeds United
thanks mate, and youre right scariest time of my life, good news is 2 and a bit months on, my eyesight has nearly fully returned, ive got my balance back and feeling a lot better.

Still have to meet the cardiologist in feb about possibly closing the hole, still not allowed to drive or return to work yet, but feeling good. Hope your going well too
Doing ok m8 other happenings in life drag you down and you forget about it. One thing for sure is you are never the same not talking mentally but physically as you cant do what you use to eg I cant go for a run I can't walk too far. Every time I have to do something eg some gardening I feel so tired. But you get to know your limitations and you change your lifestyle. Just learn the things you can do and cant and you will be fine. Fancy 16 was a disaster for the club and 1 month later Drs said I should be dead but here we are I'm alive and got to see 3 more premierships :)
You seem like a reasonable man with a loving family so I have no doubt you will be fine and that's one to take off the worry list :)
 

Masotiger

Debutant
Feb 12, 2020
146
384
AFL Club
Richmond
No better way to begin posting on this site than to share my Tiger story.

Born in 1961 and migrating from southern Europe in 1962, family history was never going to be a factor in determining which VFL club I was going to invest my heart, my soul, my emotional wellbeing into. On arrival in Australia my parents, sister and I lived with my grandparents in Thornbury for a few years. My aunty had a passing interest in the Melbourne Football Club, but not enough to impose upon me. In fact, by 1966 when I commenced primary school, I could not speak a word of English, let alone know what VFL football was. Nor was my choice of team going to be based on suburban loyalties. Many immigrants at the time first settled in inner-city working class suburbs like Richmond, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Carlton; and therefore followed those teams.

So, who does a young lad with no family influence support when it becomes apparent to him just how big this thing called VFL is? Easy really. Whoever is good. For me it was always going to be either Richmond, Collingwood or Carlton. Don't underestimate the extent of support these 3 clubs in particular received from the mass migration of southern Europeans in the 1960s.

I chose Richmond. I wasn't alone amongst my friends at school. By this time we evolved from speaking our mother tongue to each other in the playground to our new language - English. Also by this time, we were assimilating into life in the new country.

Richmond. There was something in that name. The emblem - a Tiger. Yeah! The colours. And, of course - there was Royce Hart. My childhood hero. Sold. My aunty bought me a Richmond jumper and no.4 went straight on the back.

I have very, very vague recollections of the '67 premiership, and a little less vague recollections of 1969. Whilst I recall wearing my Richmond jumper to school just about every day in winter (no school uniform back then); I really didn't understand the significance of those achievements.

My dear aunty took me to my first ever game of VFL football in 1971. Richmond v Hawthorn at the MCG. The first thing that struck me as we made our way to the top of the concrete stairs in the old northern stand was the colour. Having only ever watched football on a black and white television, the colour was amazing. I was in love with the game and I was in love with Richmond. Passion took a massive bite of my backside.

My first taste of hurt came in the 1971 Preliminary Final against St.Kilda. I recall the empty feeling of losing. If this was bad, it had nothing on what was to come in 12 months time. October 7 1972, the worst day of my life. I recall trying to stay up all night watching the Football Marathon on channel 7, but I failed. After a little sleep I went to the newsagent in Station St Fairfield and bought The Sun. The headlines read something like 'give the cup to Richmond". My roar meter was off the charts. I'm about to witness my first premiership.

Shattered. Inconsolable. I love my Tigers, but something new was born that day. My complete and utter loathing and hatred of Carlton!! It still burns very brightly today. I recall my aunty taking me to High St Northcote a few weeks later (this is in the day when Northcote was working class) and entering a hamburger shop for a bite. We sit down and on the wall behind the counter is a photo of the 1972 Carlton premiership team. I loathe these bastards!!

Fast forward 12 months. 1973. Carlton beat us in the Qualifying Final in week 1 of the finals. Can I hate anyone or anything more than this scum? After disposing of St.Kilda in the 1st semi; we're 45 points down midway through the 2nd quarter of the Preliminary Final against Collingwood. Utter despair.

Then, as though by some devine intervention, my entire life changed in the space of the next 6 quarters of football. Enter Royce Hart and we get up and beat Collingwood. Now Carlton is in the gun. What a magnificent, euphoric day Grand Final day 1973 was. Not only are we premiers, not only have we beaten Carlton to exact revenge - but we've belted the living suitcase out of the bastards!! The saying goes revenge is a dish best serve cold. BS! Serve it piping hot, it feels so much better. I know 2017 was very sweet, but for me 1973 is no.1.

And so for me, the Richmond Football Club gave me so much pleasure back in the day when football was a massive part of my life. Success in 1974, again in 1980. The lean years prior to our recent resurgence were hard to take, but other life matters take additional significance to distract from our lack of success. I sincerely thank the Good Lord for steering me toward the RFC. It is more than a football club. For me and my mates, it's a point of reference. It's the reason we went every weekend during the lean years. It was our outing. It's the point of reference that takes us on interstate weekends away every year. It's the point of reference which has us congregating to lubricate the tonsils pre-game beside the Jack Dyer statue. It's the joy of being part of the Tiger Army. It's the pride of being a member of the biggest football club in the land.

These days, family influence does play its role. I have 3 children all Richmond supporters (largely against their will initially, I must say). My parents and sister also adopted Richmond courtesy of myself in the early days. I've influenced cousins to support the mighty Tigers.

And what of my other possibilities:

Carlton: I could've lived with that choice. Like with Richmond, I would've seen 8 premierships thus far. Although probably no more.

Collingwood: As much as I thank the Lord for steering me toward the RFC, I thank him for not cursing me with this terrible prospect. After losing by less than a kick to Melbourne in 1964, St.Kilda beat them by a single point in 1966. The heart ache of watching a 44 point half time lead evaporate in the 1970 GF. Finishing on top in 1973 and going out in straight sets after being 45 points up in the 2nd quarter of the preliminary final. 27 points up at 3/4 time of the 1977 GF only to conspire of lose it the following week. Up 5.6.36 to 0.7.7 at the 20 minute mark of the 2nd quarter of the 1979 GF on a bog and going into the rooms at half time down! Then losing by 5 points! Getting smashed in 1980. Leading by 21 points at the 28 minute mark of the 3rd quarter of the 1981 GF and losing by 20 points. By the time 1990 had come around I'd have either topped myself or found myself in a re-make of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" in some looney bin! Collingwood - no thanks!!

There you have it, my story. See you on the boards.
 

Bojangles17

Hall of Famer
May 17, 2004
34,494
43,028
Punt Rd ‘17? ‘19?
AFL Club
Richmond
Hey All, i know this thread is more about how we became tigers but i just want to say tell your loved ones how much they mean to you because you never know if you will get another chance.

Im 45 and im married with 3 teenage kids and last Wednesday while at work suffered a stroke which almost ended my life.

Im now on the road to recovery and was released from hospital to continue my rehab at home.

It was only 4 weeks ago i waa jumping around my dads living room celebrating our 3rd flag in 4 years.

Im on the road to recovery they found out i have a small hole in my heart that allowed a blood clot enter my arteries and went to my head, struggling from double vision and balance but i seem to be getting better with each day.

Go Tiges
Just read this , hope you’re feeling a lot better now
 

IHaveAHardWick

Draftee
Feb 13, 2021
1
3
AFL Club
Richmond
Lived in Melbourne for 2 years. My first ever game was Geelong Vs Adelaide and Ablett kicked 5 or so goals and, without knowing who he was, I was immediately amazed by him. I started following Geelong, but then Ben Cousins was in all the papers about his move to Richmond and I decided to change to an underdog. What a great choice that turned out to be. Been watching since and now my joint favoavouriter sport. Love being a tiger.
 

Grady515

Draftee
Oct 9, 2020
11
36
USA
AFL Club
Richmond
Hello Tiger Army.

I'm rather new to footy. I'm an American who had never even heard of Aussie Rules until last year. For most of my life, sports were my life. I grew up being an avid Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, and Baltimore Ravens fan. The last 3-4 years though, sports here in The States became unwatchable to me. Every game was turning into non-stop political theater. I didn't like this anymore. I gave up watching sports and it was quite depressing.

I needed something to get me back into sports. I started searching the internet for other sports to watch. I tried to get into soccer. I never could. Then I looked at Rugby. It was okay from time to time, but I never really felt passionate about it. One day on YouTube, I saw an SANFL game in my recommendations. It was the 2019 Grand Final between Glenelg and Port Adelaide. I decided to watch this, despite having never even heard of footy. I was confused as hell. I didn't really understand it, but it was rather interesting. After I finished that game, there was another recommendation. It was an AFL 2017 Prelim between Adelaide and Geelong. I watched the entire thing. It was exciting as hell. I still didn't understand Aussie Rules, but was really starting to like it. I got online and searched for 2017 AFL games. I was able to watch many of the 2017 Finals. Luckily, not knowing the results of the games, it was like present day to me. The story of Richmond intrigued me. Being a Chicago Cubs fan, I could relate to the heartbreak of Tiger fans going decades without a Premiership. Then I saw a video of RFC President Peggy O'Neal. It mentioned she was from a very small town in West Virginia, USA. I looked it up and it was literally 10 minutes from where I live. I said right then and there, this is my team. I wanted to root for the team who has been struggling and mocked by many, and the lady who came from a very small West Virginia mining town to become President of the Richmond Tigers. I continued to watch the 2017 Finals games I found online. I still had no idea who would become winners of the games. I kept hoping Richmond would win. Well they did. Win and win. By the time I got to the 2017 GF, I was understanding the sport much more. Having watched Adelaide beat Geelong as my first ever game, I wasn't so sure about the Grand Final. To my surprise, the Tigers pulled it out. It was pretty damn exciting. From there, I went to find as many 2018 games as I could. I watched lots of games. Richmond had a great season. Then came the Finals. I thought for sure we were going back to the GF. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. I repeated the same thing for the 2019 season. Then I got caught up in 2020. Luckily, the AFL Finals were being shown live on Fox Sports 1 and 2 here in America. I was stoked. I would wake up between 2-3am on the weekends so I could watch every AFL game that was televised.

After we won again in 2020, footy was all I wanted to watch. I was kinda bummed out since the season was over though. In the following weeks & months, I would search for any footy game I could find. I didn't care if it was AFL or not, I watched. The only downside is, I don't know a single person who even knows what Aussie Rules football is. I tried to find some Tiger merchandise online, but that was even harder. I found some random website here in America where independent creators make t-shirts for you. One seller had one Richmond logo so I bought a t-shirt from him. I even searched Amazon, but they had no AFL/Richmond stuff. I have only one friend who lives in Australia. The only sports team she's ever mentioned were the NSW Blues. To my knowledge, she's not a fan of Aussie Rules Football. I think I'll probably end up breaking down and ordering some Tiger stuff from their website in Australia. I know it will be costly being shipped to America, but I really want some Tiger gear. And that's my story. Like I said, I'm very new to footy. But I think that's why it's so exciting for me. This past weekend was great. Footy was back. I was so excited to watch Richmond last Thursday that I couldn't get any sleep. What a game that was! I watched almost every other AFL game all weekend. I'm so happy that footy is back. I'm even going to purchase a season pass on the WatchAFL website soon for us who aren't in Australia. It's a little expensive, but will be worth it for me. I only wish I knew a few people here in The States who watches footy. It's kinda weird watching a sport that you love, but having nobody to talk to about it or watch games with. That's the only downside. But that won't ever stop me from watching. In my opinion, I've stumbled upon the most exciting sport I've ever watched. I hope one day to make it to The G and watch Richmond. I've even thought about sending a letter to the club and addressing it to Peggy O'Neal, to let her know she's got a Richmond fan right here in America, near her hometown that loves the Tigers.

I've enjoyed reading these stories on this thread. Some were pretty heartbreaking. I hope I am able to connect with some Richmond fans in the future. I may not have a footy background, or footy family, but I absolutely love this sport! I didn't think I could fall in love with a new sport in less than a year. It's easily my favorite thing to watch. I hope to learn more and more as time goes on. I hope to connect with footy fans that can educate me more on this great sport. Here's the only Tiger merchandise I could find in America.... I wear this all the time. I get weird looks as nobody knows who this team is. Lol. Go Tiges!
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Masotiger

Debutant
Feb 12, 2020
146
384
AFL Club
Richmond
Hello Tiger Army.

I'm rather new to footy. I'm an American who had never even heard of Aussie Rules until last year. For most of my life, sports were my life. I grew up being an avid Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, and Baltimore Ravens fan. The last 3-4 years though, sports here in The States became unwatchable to me. Every game was turning into non-stop political theater. I didn't like this anymore. I gave up watching sports and it was quite depressing.

I needed something to get me back into sports. I started searching the internet for other sports to watch. I tried to get into soccer. I never could. Then I looked at Rugby. It was okay from time to time, but I never really felt passionate about it. One day on YouTube, I saw an SANFL game in my recommendations. It was the 2019 Grand Final between Glenelg and Port Adelaide. I decided to watch this, despite having never even heard of footy. I was confused as hell. I didn't really understand it, but it was rather interesting. After I finished that game, there was another recommendation. It was an AFL 2017 Prelim between Adelaide and Geelong. I watched the entire thing. It was exciting as hell. I still didn't understand Aussie Rules, but was really starting to like it. I got online and searched for 2017 AFL games. I was able to watch many of the 2017 Finals. Luckily, not knowing the results of the games, it was like present day to me. The story of Richmond intrigued me. Being a Chicago Cubs fan, I could relate to the heartbreak of Tiger fans going decades without a Premiership. Then I saw a video of RFC President Peggy O'Neal. It mentioned she was from a very small town in West Virginia, USA. I looked it up and it was literally 10 minutes from where I live. I said right then and there, this is my team. I wanted to root for the team who has been struggling and mocked by many, and the lady who came from a very small West Virginia mining town to become President of the Richmond Tigers. I continued to watch the 2017 Finals games I found online. I still had no idea who would become winners of the games. I kept hoping Richmond would win. Well they did. Win and win. By the time I got to the 2017 GF, I was understanding the sport much more. Having watched Adelaide beat Geelong as my first ever game, I wasn't so sure about the Grand Final. To my surprise, the Tigers pulled it out. It was pretty damn exciting. From there, I went to find as many 2018 games as I could. I watched lots of games. Richmond had a great season. Then came the Finals. I thought for sure we were going back to the GF. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. I repeated the same thing for the 2019 season. Then I got caught up in 2020. Luckily, the AFL Finals were being shown live on Fox Sports 1 and 2 here in America. I was stoked. I would wake up between 2-3am on the weekends so I could watch every AFL game that was televised.

After we won again in 2020, footy was all I wanted to watch. I was kinda bummed out since the season was over though. In the following weeks & months, I would search for any footy game I could find. I didn't care if it was AFL or not, I watched. The only downside is, I don't know a single person who even knows what Aussie Rules football is. I tried to find some Tiger merchandise online, but that was even harder. I found some random website here in America where independent creators make t-shirts for you. One seller had one Richmond logo so I bought a t-shirt from him. I even searched Amazon, but they had no AFL/Richmond stuff. I have only one friend who lives in Australia. The only sports team she's ever mentioned were the NSW Blues. To my knowledge, she's not a fan of Aussie Rules Football. I think I'll probably end up breaking down and ordering some Tiger stuff from their website in Australia. I know it will be costly being shipped to America, but I really want some Tiger gear. And that's my story. Like I said, I'm very new to footy. But I think that's why it's so exciting for me. This past weekend was great. Footy was back. I was so excited to watch Richmond last Thursday that I couldn't get any sleep. What a game that was! I watched almost every other AFL game all weekend. I'm so happy that footy is back. I'm even going to purchase a season pass on the WatchAFL website soon for us who aren't in Australia. It's a little expensive, but will be worth it for me. I only wish I knew a few people here in The States who watches footy. It's kinda weird watching a sport that you love, but having nobody to talk to about it or watch games with. That's the only downside. But that won't ever stop me from watching. In my opinion, I've stumbled upon the most exciting sport I've ever watched. I hope one day to make it to The G and watch Richmond. I've even thought about sending a letter to the club and addressing it to Peggy O'Neal, to let her know she's got a Richmond fan right here in America, near her hometown that loves the Tigers.

I've enjoyed reading these stories on this thread. Some were pretty heartbreaking. I hope I am able to connect with some Richmond fans in the future. I may not have a footy background, or footy family, but I absolutely love this sport! I didn't think I could fall in love with a new sport in less than a year. It's easily my favorite thing to watch. I hope to learn more and more as time goes on. I hope to connect with footy fans that can educate me more on this great sport. Here's the only Tiger merchandise I could find in America.... I wear this all the time. I get weird looks as nobody knows who this team is. Lol. Go Tiges!
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Great Read 👍 Welcome aboard the Tiger Train. Send that letter, Peggy will love it.
 

Bojangles17

Hall of Famer
May 17, 2004
34,494
43,028
Punt Rd ‘17? ‘19?
AFL Club
Richmond
Hello Tiger Army.

I'm rather new to footy. I'm an American who had never even heard of Aussie Rules until last year. For most of my life, sports were my life. I grew up being an avid Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, and Baltimore Ravens fan. The last 3-4 years though, sports here in The States became unwatchable to me. Every game was turning into non-stop political theater. I didn't like this anymore. I gave up watching sports and it was quite depressing.

I needed something to get me back into sports. I started searching the internet for other sports to watch. I tried to get into soccer. I never could. Then I looked at Rugby. It was okay from time to time, but I never really felt passionate about it. One day on YouTube, I saw an SANFL game in my recommendations. It was the 2019 Grand Final between Glenelg and Port Adelaide. I decided to watch this, despite having never even heard of footy. I was confused as hell. I didn't really understand it, but it was rather interesting. After I finished that game, there was another recommendation. It was an AFL 2017 Prelim between Adelaide and Geelong. I watched the entire thing. It was exciting as hell. I still didn't understand Aussie Rules, but was really starting to like it. I got online and searched for 2017 AFL games. I was able to watch many of the 2017 Finals. Luckily, not knowing the results of the games, it was like present day to me. The story of Richmond intrigued me. Being a Chicago Cubs fan, I could relate to the heartbreak of Tiger fans going decades without a Premiership. Then I saw a video of RFC President Peggy O'Neal. It mentioned she was from a very small town in West Virginia, USA. I looked it up and it was literally 10 minutes from where I live. I said right then and there, this is my team. I wanted to root for the team who has been struggling and mocked by many, and the lady who came from a very small West Virginia mining town to become President of the Richmond Tigers. I continued to watch the 2017 Finals games I found online. I still had no idea who would become winners of the games. I kept hoping Richmond would win. Well they did. Win and win. By the time I got to the 2017 GF, I was understanding the sport much more. Having watched Adelaide beat Geelong as my first ever game, I wasn't so sure about the Grand Final. To my surprise, the Tigers pulled it out. It was pretty damn exciting. From there, I went to find as many 2018 games as I could. I watched lots of games. Richmond had a great season. Then came the Finals. I thought for sure we were going back to the GF. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. I repeated the same thing for the 2019 season. Then I got caught up in 2020. Luckily, the AFL Finals were being shown live on Fox Sports 1 and 2 here in America. I was stoked. I would wake up between 2-3am on the weekends so I could watch every AFL game that was televised.

After we won again in 2020, footy was all I wanted to watch. I was kinda bummed out since the season was over though. In the following weeks & months, I would search for any footy game I could find. I didn't care if it was AFL or not, I watched. The only downside is, I don't know a single person who even knows what Aussie Rules football is. I tried to find some Tiger merchandise online, but that was even harder. I found some random website here in America where independent creators make t-shirts for you. One seller had one Richmond logo so I bought a t-shirt from him. I even searched Amazon, but they had no AFL/Richmond stuff. I have only one friend who lives in Australia. The only sports team she's ever mentioned were the NSW Blues. To my knowledge, she's not a fan of Aussie Rules Football. I think I'll probably end up breaking down and ordering some Tiger stuff from their website in Australia. I know it will be costly being shipped to America, but I really want some Tiger gear. And that's my story. Like I said, I'm very new to footy. But I think that's why it's so exciting for me. This past weekend was great. Footy was back. I was so excited to watch Richmond last Thursday that I couldn't get any sleep. What a game that was! I watched almost every other AFL game all weekend. I'm so happy that footy is back. I'm even going to purchase a season pass on the WatchAFL website soon for us who aren't in Australia. It's a little expensive, but will be worth it for me. I only wish I knew a few people here in The States who watches footy. It's kinda weird watching a sport that you love, but having nobody to talk to about it or watch games with. That's the only downside. But that won't ever stop me from watching. In my opinion, I've stumbled upon the most exciting sport I've ever watched. I hope one day to make it to The G and watch Richmond. I've even thought about sending a letter to the club and addressing it to Peggy O'Neal, to let her know she's got a Richmond fan right here in America, near her hometown that loves the Tigers.

I've enjoyed reading these stories on this thread. Some were pretty heartbreaking. I hope I am able to connect with some Richmond fans in the future. I may not have a footy background, or footy family, but I absolutely love this sport! I didn't think I could fall in love with a new sport in less than a year. It's easily my favorite thing to watch. I hope to learn more and more as time goes on. I hope to connect with footy fans that can educate me more on this great sport. Here's the only Tiger merchandise I could find in America.... I wear this all the time. I get weird looks as nobody knows who this team is. Lol. Go Tiges!
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Good story man, welcome to the Tigers
 

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