Ricky Quade

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Ricky Quade
Personal information
Date of birth (1950-08-26) 26 August 1950 (age 66)
Place of birth Ariah Park, New South Wales
Original team(s) Ariah Park-Mirrool
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Position(s) Ruck-Rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1970–1980 South Melbourne 164 (110)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1982–1984 Sydney Swans 57 (25–32–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1980.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Ricky Quade (born 26 August 1950) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Quade later became better known as the inaugural coach of the Sydney Swans, when South Melbourne relocated to the Harbour City in 1982, and also served the club in various administrative roles.

Quade originally supported North Melbourne, the club that his older brothers Tom and Mike had played for,[1] but with the advent of zoned country recruitment in late 1967, Quade would end up joining South Melbourne from Ariah Park, New South Wales in 1970 and played as a ruck-rover. He won their best and fairest award in 1976 and captained the club from 1977 to 1979.

When South Melbourne relocated to Sydney in 1982 Quade was their inaugural coach and remained there until thirteen rounds into the 1984 season, when a severely bleeding ulcer caused him to resign.[2] Quade had already considered it likely he would resign at the end of 1984.


  1. ^ Main, Jim (23 May 2012). "Swans Songs - with Rick Quade". sydneyswans.com.au. 
  2. ^ Growden, Greg; ‘Quade Quits in Hospital, Round Trains on and Swans to Meet in Melbourne’; Sydney Morning Herald, 3 July 1984, p.

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