We continue our special holiday season series at richmondfc.com.au, where we ask Tiger fans to select the best player to have worn each of the most significant guernsey numbers in the Club’s history. To assist in your quest, we have profiled those players who have racked up a minimum of 50 games in the number. The game totals and years listed relate to those played while wearing the specific number, not total Richmond career numbers. Today, it’s the turn of No. 14.
Max Oppy – 176 games, 1943-1954
Physically and mentally tough back pocket, who would do anything within his power to help Richmond succeed. Possessed plenty of pace, which certainly assisted him in duels with the opposition’s resting rovers. Was one of the Tigers’ best in their 1943 Grand Final triumph, in the unfamiliar role of first rover, tagging his cousin, Essendon captain-coach and triple Brownlow Medallist Dick Reynolds. Also played in Richmond’s 1944 Grand Final side, won the Club’s Most Determined Player trophy that year and 1947, and he was runner-up in the 1953 Best and Fairest award.
Jack Baggott – 128 games, 1927-1935
Started his league career with the Tigers as a forward and won their leading goalkicker award in 1927 and 1928. Set a new individual goalkicking record at the Club, when he kicked 12 goals against South Melbourne during the ’28 season. Subsequently was switched to defence, where he also had a significant impact for the team. Was quick, highly-skilled, and strong overhead. Finished equal second in the 1928 Brownlow Medal, was a member of Richmond’s 1932 and 1934 premiership teams, and also played in the 1928, 1929 and 1933 Grand Finals with the Tigers.
Bachar Houli – 111 games, 2011-2015
Has made the most of the opportunities offered to him by Richmond, after struggling to establish himself as a regular senior player in four seasons at Essendon. And, the Tigers have received a significant boost from his first-rate rebound off the half-back line. Consistency has been the cornerstone of his time at Tigerland, and he’s constantly looking at ways he can be of even more value to the team.
Dave Moffatt – 95 games, 1912-1920
Rugged, ruthless ruckman, who came under close scrutiny due to the on-field tactics he employed to curb opponents. Was, however, a fine exponent of the ruck craft, using his substantial strength to gain front position in one-on-one contests, as well as to protect smaller teammates. Played in Richmond’s inaugural league premiership in 1920, after being a member of the Tigers’ losing Grand Final team the previous year.
Ron McDonald – 92 games, 1955-1960
Versatile big man, who was effectively used by Richmond at centre half-back, centre half-forward and in the ruck. Was a consistent performer, a strong mark, and a good kick.
Bruce Tempany – 87 games, 1977-1983
Lightly-built utility player with plenty of talent. Worked his way up through the ranks at Richmond, starting in the under-17s, and made his senior debut in 1977. Unfortunately, however, a horror injury run prevented him from reaching the heights that he was capable of attaining in league ranks. Missed the Tigers’ crushing 1980 Grand Final victory with an Achilles injury, which he sustained in the second semi-final. Then, early in the 1982 Grand Final, he suffered a broken arm. Capable of playing in a variety of positions, had a good football brain, pace, and was a superb, long kick.
Aaron Fiora – 78 games, 2000-2004
The lightly-framed, left-foot utility was Richmond’s first pick (No. 3 overall) in the 1999 National Draft, but didn’t live up to that high rating during his five seasons at Tigerland. Copped his fair share of injuries, which hampered his progress. Had plenty of pace and good skills, but just couldn’t put it all together in his time with the Tigers.
Dean Polo – 56 games, 2006-2010
Started his senior league career at Richmond in a blaze of glory, inspiring the Tigers to a thrilling, two-point win in just the second ‘Dreamtime at the ‘G’ match. Was awarded the inaugural Yiooken award, as well as an AFL Rising Star nomination for an outstanding 28-disposal, three-goal performance on debut. That clearly was the highlight of a five-season stint with Richmond for the utility player, who was delisted by the Tigers in October 2010 and subsequently picked up by St Kilda.
Greg Dear – 53 games, 1994-1996
Triple Hawthorn premiership ruckman, who was an extremely valuable contributor throughout three seasons at Richmond due to his considerable football experience and nous. Was a vital member of the Tigers’ 1995 finals campaign due to his fine ruckwork and creative play around the ground, primarily through clever handball.