Matthew Richardson (footballer)
(photo taken May 2008)
|Full name||Matthew Richardson|
|Date of birth||19 March 1975|
|Place of birth||Devonport, Tasmania|
|Original team||Devonport (TFL)|
|Draft||Father-Son Selection, 1992
|Height/Weight||197 cm / 103 kg|
|Representative team honours|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of R3 2009 season.
Matthew "Richo" Richardson (born 19 March 1975 in Devonport, Tasmania), is a retired Australian rules footballer and current media personality who represented Richmond in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Richardson is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of the modern era, known for his marking prowess, speed and work rate. Richardson was the club's key forward through the mid-1990s and the 2000s. He led the club's goalkicking for thirteen seasons, and was selected in the All-Australian Team three times - in 1996, 1999 and 2008.
Richardson's 800 career goals currently see him ranked second behind Jack Titus at Richmond, and eleventh on the all-time list of AFL/VFL goalkickers. He also holds the record for most goals kicked without winning a Coleman Medal. He currently holds the record for the most goals kicked at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Richardson was one of the most popular players in the competition, this was shown when the crowd at the 2008 Brownlow Medal cheered every vote he got. Mark Robinson from the Herald Sun wrote "M. Richardson... I'm sure there wouldn't have been a more popular winner".
Educated at St. Brendan-Shaw and Don Colleges in Devonport, Tasmania, Richardson was the fourth pick (a father-son selection) in the 1992 AFL Draft, and was recruited from Devonport, Tasmania. He is the son of former Richmond and South Melbourne player Alan "Bull" Richardson.
Combining a 197 centimetre frame with exceptional speed and athletic capacity for a large man, on his day he has been a dominant presence for the Tigers. He suffered a torn left ACL in Round 9, 1995 against Sydney at the SCG after he hyperxtended his left knee while landing as he was running out of bounds and crashed hard into the fence and missed the rest of the season after reconstructive surgery on his knee, including the Tigers' finals series. In 1996 he came back strongly, playing all 22 games and finished with 91 goals (49 behinds), earning All Australian selection for the first time. He sustained another knee injury in the pre-season of 2001, but recovered to play 22 games and kick 59 goals.
In 2004, a decision to step back involvement in the Tigers' "leadership group" (the small group of senior players who help lead the club on and off-field) and focus on additional strength training paid off, with a flurry of goals in the early part of the season including a career best 10 against the Western Bulldogs. His 10th goal in that game was a spectacular snap from 30 meters out on his left foot that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Richardson finished with a tally of 65 goals for the season. In 2005 he kicked 65 goals again, this time with much more consistency throughout the season.
In 2007, in a match against the Essendon Football Club, Richardson earned the widespread respect of the football community by playing the game with a fractured eye socket and broken nose sustained only a week before. He still managed to kick four goals, and what appeared to be a match-winning fifth until the umpire awarded a controversial free kick against him. In the same year, he won his first ever club best-and-fairest, beating young team-mate Nathan Foley by a single vote.
Richardson spent a large part of the 2008 season playing on the wing, rather than in the forward line, which allowed him to have a much larger part in the play than previously. Although he did not win the club best-and-fairest, he was selected on the bench in the All-Australian team and finished third in the Brownlow Medal.
In Round 6, 2009 against Sydney at the SCG, Richardson kicked his 800th career goal, becoming the eleventh player to reach the milestone in VFL/AFL history. Later in the same match, he partially tore his hamstring off the bone; he missed the remainder of the season with the injury, and announced his retirement after the season. He received a rousing send-off in Round 1, 2010, appearing before the match in Richmond's season opener against Carlton.
Richardson retired in 2009 after 282 senior games for Richmond; he became an AFL life member after playing more than 300 games including representative and pre-season matches. His career tally of 800 goals was the eleventh-highest at the time of his retirement, and remains eleventh-highest as at the end of the 2012 season. Richardson took a total of 2,270 marks during his AFL career, which was the second-highest of any player at the time of his retirement (since the statistic was recorded, starting in 1974).
Following his retirement at the end of the 2009 AFL Season and during parts of the 2009 AFL Season when he was injured, Matthew was an AFL expert commentator for telecast matches and a panelist on the review show 'One Week at a Time', both Network Ten shows.
As from 2010 Richardson became part of the Seven Network AFL telecast team, initially as a boundary rider and then as a member of the Friday and Saturday night commentary teams, providing expert comments. He also appears on the Thursday night edition of Seven News Melbourne', alongside Sandy Roberts, to preview the weekend's AFL action, and as a panelist on Channel 7's AFL Game Day.
Richardson can also be seen on the Richmond Football Club website hosting some of their ‘Talking Tigers’ weekly podcast shows.
- Statistics are correct as of round 6, season 2009
|Season||Team||No.||Games||Goals||Behinds||Kicks||Marks||Handballs||Disposals||Tackles||Hit Outs||Brownlow Votes|
Achievements & Honours
- AFL Rising Star Nominee (1993)
- All Australian (1996, 1999, 2008)
- Alex Jesaulenko Medal (1996)
- International Rules (1999)
- Tasmanian State of Origin Representative (1993)
- Dream Team Representative (2008)
- Third in 2008 Brownlow Medal [Polled 22 votes]
- AFL Life Membership 2009
- Richmond Leading Goalkicker (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
- Richmond Team of the Century (Half-forward flank)
- Richmond Life Membership 2002
- Richmond Best and Fairest (2007)
- 100 Tiger Treasures "The Strong & the Bold" Nominee (2008)
- 100 Tiger Treasures "Brave Act of the Century" Nominee (2008)
- 100 Tiger Treasures "Mark of the Century" Nominee (2008)
- Tasmanian Team of the Century (Interchange Bench)
His sister, Samantha, is married to retired Hawthorn, Bulldogs and Kangaroos footballer Jade Rawlings, who also coached Richardson when he was the caretaker coach for Richmond for the second half of the 2009 season, albeit while Richardson was out injured.
- AFL Tables - M.C.G
- Robertson, Mark and Anderson, Jon (24September 2008). "Boss and Matthew Richardson steal Brownlow Medal show".
- Wilson, Caroline (1 May 2005). "Tiger of gold".
- Gleeson, Michael (13 November 2009). "Richo decides to hang up boots".
- Matthew Richardson joins Seven. TV Tonight | Retrieved 26 March 2013
- 3AW Football team | Retrieved 25 March 2013
- Matthew Richardson's profile on the official website of the Richmond Football Club
- Matthew Richardson's statistics from AFL Tables
- Feature story from 2005 on Matthew Richardson at the Yellow and Black Supporters Forum and Website
- Richmond Football Club website
Richardson, Matthew; Flanagan, Martin (2010). Richo. Random House Australia. ISBN 978-1-74166-972-5
|Alex Jesaulenko Medal
|Jack Dyer Medal