Gordon Strang

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Gordon Strang
Personal information
Date of birth 10 February 1908[1]
Date of death 8 October 1951(1951-10-08) (aged 43)
Original team(s) East Albury
Debut 2 May 1931 (round 1), Richmond
vs. Carlton, at Princes Park
Height / weight 185 cm / 82.5 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1931–1936, 1938 Richmond 116 (108)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1938.
Career highlights
  • Richmond Premiership Player 1932, 1934
  • Interstate Games:- 9
  • Richmond – Team of the Century
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Gordon "Cocker" Strang (10 February 1908 – 8 October 1951)[2] was an Australian rules footballer who played in the Victorian Football League for the Richmond Football Club between 1931 and 1936.

He was the son of Bill Strang, who played for South Melbourne between 1904 and 1913 (and was South Melbourne's leading goal-kicker in 1913)[3]

After a year in Tasmania as captain-coach of North Launceston, he returned to Richmond, and played all of Richmond's 18 matches in the 1938 season, scoring 6 goals.

He then transferred to Wodonga as captain-coach in 1939.

He was the brother of Richmond premiership player Doug Strang and uncle of dual Richmond premiership player Geoff Strang and 1967 Tiger's premiership player John Perry. His (and Doug's) other brothers, Colin Strang and Alan Strang[4] also played VFL football: for St Kilda (2 games, 1933), and South Melbourne (15 games, 1947-1948),[5][6] respectively.


Along with his brother Doug (who was selected at full-forward), he made his debut for Richmond in the first round of the 1931 season, on 2 May 1931, at centre half-back; The Argus commented that, on debut, he had "showed grit" and had "kicked well".[7]

North Launceston[edit]

In 1937 he coached North Launceston to runner-up position in the Northern Tasmanian Football Association; and, despite rumours to the contrary, he did not apply for the position of coach in the 1938 season.[8][9]


He returned to play for Richmond in 1938;[10] and he played in each of Richmond's 18 games that season.


In May 1939, Richmond cleared Strang to Wodonga.[11] He was Wodonga's best and fairest in 1939 and 1940.[12] In 1939 he coached Wodonga to a Grand Final victory over an Albury team that was coached by his brother, Doug.[13]



  • Hogan P: The Tigers Of Old, Richmond FC, Melbourne 1996

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