Richmond Senior Team 1961 (SLV 125_011)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV
Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no 125/11

Team: Richmond (VFL)
Location: Punt Road Oval (East Melbourne)
Date: 1961


Top row - Bob Beaven, Basil Moloney, Gary Williamson b1941 (43 games, 1961-64), Mike Patterson (152 games, 1959-69), Paddy Guinane (146 games, 1959-68), Graeme Gahan (89 games, 1959-66), Dave Cuzens (69 games, 1957-61).
Middle row - John Robertson, Larry Rowe, Fred Swift (146 games, 1958-67), John Thompson (65 games, 1959-63), Ron Branton (171 games, 1953-62), Dick Grimmond (102 games, 1959-64), Col Saddington (102 games, 1956-62), Barry Cameron (96 games, 1959-66).
Front row - Ron Serich, Tom Simpson (127 games, 1956-63), Ron Johnson (94 games, 1955-62), Kevin Callander, Bob Lockhart (13 games, 1961-62).


This is the Richmond (VFL) Senior Team of 1961, presumably photographed in front of the outer crowd at Richmond. Ron Branton, at the centre of the photo, captained the Tigers 1960-62. The crowd behind is seen in some detail.

Further Work Needed

Using the 1963 Shell VFL Autograph Book Stick Images from Damien Green's Football card website, a number of players are matched and importantly two players are not matched in the photo.



Just using the players matched and unmatched and then comparing them to the matches in the 1961 and 1962 seasons we can identify the match the photo was taken at.

Between then Crowe and Richardson played in every match in 1962, so as neither is in the photo then it is likely to be 1961. See 1962 table:

In 1961 comparing players to matches, there are only two possible matches where Crowe and Richardson did NOT play and the other matched players did play. Of those two possible matches, only one is a home game where the players would be wearing black shorts. See 1961 Table:

All this means that the only possible match the photo was taken at is 1961, Round 15 at Punt Rd on 05-Aug-1961.

Richmond 9 9 (63)
Fitzroy 9 14 (68)


Other players who played round 15 were:
  • Beaven, Bob
  • Johnson, Ron
  • Moloney, Basil
  • Robertson, John
  • Rowe, Larry
  • Serich, Ron

Ted Langridge is probably not in the photo

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