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Big deployment of Tiger troops

Richmond line up for the national anthem ahead of the 2017 AFL Grand Final  - Richmond Tigers,Grand Final
Richmond line up for the national anthem ahead of the 2017 AFL Grand Final

Richmond used more players in its senior side during the 2017 season than all bar one premiership team since the start of the AFL competition back in 1990.

The Tigers had 38 players represent them on the field of battle this year which was just one less than the Western Bulldogs’ 39 in their 2016 premiership season.

Adelaide, in its second successive premiership year of 1998, also utilised 38 players.

Here’s the full list of premiership teams from 1990-2017, with the number of players each of them used in their flag-winning seasons . . .

1990 – Collingwood: 32

1991 – Hawthorn: 33

1992 – West Coast: 37

1993 – Essendon: 33

1994 – West Coast: 33

1995 – Carlton: 32

1996 – North Melbourne: 35

1997 – Adelaide: 35

1998 – Adelaide: 38

1999 – North Melbourne: 34

2000 – Essendon: 31

2001 – Brisbane: 35

2002 – Brisbane: 30

2003 – Brisbane: 32

2004 – Port Adelaide: 32

2005 – Sydney: 32

2006 – West Coast: 34

2007 – Geelong: 31

2008 – Hawthorn: 31

2009 – Geelong: 33

2010 – Collingwood: 33

2011 – Geelong: 35

2012 – Sydney: 31

2013 – Hawthorn: 34

2014 – Hawthorn: 35

2015 – Hawthorn: 33

2016 – Western Bulldogs: 39

2017 – Richmond: 38

Throughout the 2017 season only Carlton (39) and Gold Coast (42) used more players than Richmond.

The AFL team who had the least number of players this year was Adelaide with 31.