Max Oppy

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Max Oppy
Personal information
Full name William Maxwell Oppy
Date of birth (1924-10-14)14 October 1924
Place of birth Maryborough, Victoria
Date of death 25 November 2008(2008-11-25) (aged 84)
Original team(s) Kew FC
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 80.5 kg (177 lb)
Position(s) Defender, Rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1942–1954 Richmond 185[1] (29)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1956 Richmond 18 (6–12–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1954.
Career highlights
  • Richmond Premiership Player 1943
  • Interstate Games:- 4
  • Richmond – Hall of Fame – inducted 2004
Sources: AFL Tables,

William Maxwell Oppy (14 October 1924 – 25 November 2008) was an Australian rules football player who played in the Victorian Football League (VFL) between 1942 and 1954 for the Richmond Football Club. He was senior coach of Richmond in 1956.


The son of James Thomas Oppy (1893-1935)[2] and Doris Edna Oppy, née Watson (1895-1967), William Maxwell Oppy, known as "Max", was born on 14 October 1924. He was the brother of Jim Oppy and cousin of Dick Reynolds, Tom Reynolds, and murdered lawyer Keith William Allan.


Oppy, who was recruited from Kew, started his career as a rover at Richmond and played in their 1943 premiership side. The following season he was pushed into defence by Jack Dyer and soon established a place in the side as a specialist back pocket, participating in a losing Grand Final at the year's end. He represented the VFL at interstate matches four times. Jack Dyer called him the "player who could not be hurt.[3]

After retiring from football in 1954, Oppy returned to Richmond two years later and replaced Alby Pannam as senior coach. They managed just six wins, finishing in tenth position, which meant Oppy wasn't kept on in 1957.


  1. ^ "AFL Tables - Max Oppy - Stats - Statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  2. ^ Deaths: Oppy, The Age, (Monday, 29 April 1935), p.1.
  3. ^ Reed, R., "Richmond loses one of the toughest players in Max Oppy", The Courier mail, 27 November 2008.


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

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