Footage of Richmond Reserves’ 1972 finals campaign has been digitised and donated to the club archives by former Senior player Tony Smith.

The seven minutes of silent footage shows Richmond Reserves v Melbourne Reserves on September 9, 1972 at the MCG, in the club’s first ever Qualifying Final.

Melbourne 11.15.81 def Richmond 10.6.68, despite the Tigers leading by 29 points at quarter time.

Goalkickers for Richmond were:

Grant Allford 2, Laurie Fowler 1, Anthony Hunt 1, Graham Gaunt 1, Dale Carroll 1, Tony Smith 1, David Gurney 1, Peter Cloke 1, Russell Jenkinson 1.

Below are screenshots from the film, followed by the entire footage.

Click here to see Part 1 of Tiger film found - footage from Richmond v North Melbourne in Round 7, 1972.

Richmond’s Tony Smith (No.33) kicks his only goal of the game, a great right-foot shot in the first quarter. The Football Record listed him incorrectly as Ashley Smith for this match.
Peter Cloke (brother of David) kicking a left-foot goal in the last quarter. Melbourne’s Colin Anderson watching on.
Max Walker (yes, the cricketer), pulls down a good mark on the outer wing in the last quarter.

Here are team lists and line-ups from the Football Record of Sept 9, 1972:

A reminder, if you have any footy footage hidden away at home, feel free to contact Richmond Historian Rhett Bartlett at

Watch the digitised footage of Richmond's 1972 Qualifying Final against Melbourne below.