Neville Crowe

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Neville Crowe
Neville Crowe.jpg
Crowe fundraising during the 1990 Save Our Skins campaign
Personal information
Date of birth (1937-06-01)1 June 1937
Date of death 2 September 2016(2016-09-02) (aged 79)
Original team(s) State Savings Bank
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 95.5 kg (211 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1957–1967 Richmond 150 (84)[1]
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1967.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Neville Crowe (1 June 1937 – 2 September 2016) was an Australian rules footballer who represented Richmond in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1950s and 1960s. He also served as club president from 1987 to 1993, and was at the forefront of the Save Our Skins campaign in 1990, which saved the club from financial ruin.[2]

In the 1967 Second Semi-final, Crowe was reported for allegedly striking Carlton ruckman John Nicholls, and suspended. He subsequently missed Richmond's drought-breaking premiership victory in the 1967 VFL Grand Final, and announced his retirement shortly afterward. Crowe's "phantom punch" is regarded as one of the most unlucky moments in VFL/AFL history.[2]

Crowe retired at the end of 2008 from working at the club, finally ending his involvement that had extended to over 50 years.

In September 2012, it was reported that Crowe had been out riding his bicycle when he suddenly lost control and careered into the Yarra River. A passing jogger, John Greene, who happened to be a lifelong Tigers supporter, dived into the muddy river and pulled Crowe to safety with the help of other passers-by who formed a human chain to get him to the embankment.[3]


  1. ^ "AFL Tables - Neville Crowe - Stats - Statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Warner, Michael (2 September 2016). "Former Richmond president Neville Crowe passes away after long battle with illness". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  3. ^ Levy, Megan; Lee, Jane (18 September 2012). "Life-long fan pulls flailing Tigers great from Yarra". The Age.


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

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