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Dusty 'was always going to play'

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick insists superstar Dustin Martin was "fine" to play in Friday night's first preliminary final, saying the Tigers never considered ruling him out of the blockbuster.

1:02am  Sep 22, 2018

Tigers' season comes to an end

Collingwood has stunned Richmond by 39 points at the MCG on Friday night to book its spot in the 2018 Grand Final.

10:18pm  Sep 21, 2018

Final teams: Richmond v Collingwood

Richmond and Collingwood have named unchanged teams for Friday night's first preliminary final at the MCG.

6:20pm  Sep 21, 2018

Top 10 players to transfer to Tigerland in-season

Tony Greenberg, richmondfc.com.au  March 11, 2018 12:48 PM

On the back of the news that the AFL is considering introducing a mid-season trade period, Tony Greenberg compiles a top-10 list (in chronological order) of players who left their league club in-season to join Richmond, back in the good, old days when the competition had a June 30 clearance deadline, which enabled player trade movement right up until that date each year.

1965 – Mick Erwin, key-position utility

Played 29 games for Collingwood, including the first three games of the 1965 season (Round 2 v Richmond), before crossing to Richmond and making his debut with the Tigers in Round 7, 1965 v North Melbourne at the MCG. Went on to play a total of 12 games for Richmond in ’65 and 33 all-up at Tigerland. 

1972 – Wayne Walsh, wingman

Started his league football career with Richmond, played six senior games there, and then was cleared to South Melbourne in his quest for greater opportunity. After 63 games for the Swans, including eight in the first half of the ’72 season, he gained a clearance back to the Tigers. His last game with South was in Round 10, 1972, and his first for Richmond that season was in Round 14 v Carlton at the MCG. He went on to be a key member of the Tigers’ back-to-back premiership sides of 1973-74 and played 88 games overall for the Club.

1973 – Stephen Rae, half-forward

After a 55-game career at St Kilda, including the Saints’ 1971 Grand Final loss to Hawthorn, he joined Richmond early in the 1973 season. Had two senior appearances with St Kilda in ’73 (Round 4 and Round 5) before making his debut for the Tigers in Round 6 v Carlton at the MCG. Played eight games with Richmond in the ’73 season, including the Grand Final victory over the Blues, and 20 all-up.

1974 – David Thorpe, centreman

Had a fine 151-game career for Footscray winning two Best and Fairests and captaining the club in 1973. Quit the club at the end of the ’73 season, however, and signalled his intention to join reigning premier Richmond. Eventually the Bulldogs agreed to release Thorpe and he made his debut with the Tigers in Round 15, 1974 against Carlton at the MCG. Played nine games in the Yellow and Black that season, including the Grand Final win against North Melbourne, and 27 overall for the Club. 

1974 – Gareth Andrews, tall defender

Was a member of the Geelong team beaten by Richmond in the classic 1967 Grand Final and played 136 games for the Cats, before transferring to Tigerland in a sensational swap for dual Tiger premiership player Rex Hunt during the first half of the 1974 season. His last game with Geelong was in Round 7, 1974 v North Melbourne at Kardinia Park. He made his first senior appearance for Richmond in Round 8, 1974 – v North Melbourne at Arden Street. And he would go on to play three more times against the Kangaroos that season, including the second semi-final and the Grand Final, which the Tigers won decisively. Had a 31-game career at Richmond. 

1975 – John Pitura, utility

Became embroiled in a lengthy clearance wrangle with his club South Melbourne, as he sought a clearance to Richmond. Initially quit the Swans in 1974 and stood out of football, steadfast in his desire to become a Tiger. Eventually relented and returned to South during the ’74 season on the proviso he secured a transfer to Tigerland at the end of that year. It took until May, 1975, however before his Yellow and Black wish was granted. He lined up for the first time with the Tigers in Round 8 of the ’75 season against North Melbourne at Arden Street. Unfortunately, though, he never reached the same heights at Richmond in a 40-game career, as he had with South Melbourne in 99 games.

1976 – Mick Malthouse, back pocket

Made the switch to Richmond just after the midway mark of the 1976 season following a 53-game career at St Kilda. His last game for the Saints was in Round 12 that season against Hawthorn at Princes Park and his debut with the Tigers came in Round 14 v Collingwood at the MCG. Became a pivotal member of Richmond’s line-up in his back pocket role. Played 121 games for the Tigers, including the 1980 Grand Final demolition of Collingwood. 

1976 – Alan Lynch, rover

The lightly-framed, speedy rover, nicknamed ‘Dizzy’, had a brief league career at Footscray, playing his five senior games there early in the 1976 season (Round 1, Round 4, Round 6, Round 7 and Round 8), before moving to Richmond, where he had an even shorter stint. He debuted with the Tigers in Round 13, 1976 v Geelong at the MCG, played the next week against Collingwood, also at the ‘G’, and that was it in terms of his senior league career.

1979 – Rod Oborne, half-forward

After three games early in the 1979 season (Round 2, Round 5 and Round 6), which took his overall tally at Collingwood to 87, he was cleared to Richmond. Debuted with the Tigers in Round 14, 1979 v Melbourne at the MCG, played two more games that season and had just a further two appearances at senior level for the Club.

1980 – Paul Sarah, rover/forward pocket

Played in the opening two rounds of the 1980 season with Geelong, taking his games’ tally at the Cattery to 128 – and then lined up in Round 3 for Richmond v St Kilda at the MCG. Was a member of the Tigers’ team which defeated Carlton in the qualifying final and his old club Geelong in the second semi-final that season, but missed out on selection for the Grand Final against Collingwood.