Trent Cotchin’s magnificent, record, nine-year, 188-game tenure as Richmond’s captain, which came to an end this week, was in stark contrast to what happened on the captaincy front at the Club for a decade, from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.
During that period of time, the Tigers had nine different captains.
The revolving captaincy door at Tigerland started with champion centre half-forward Royce Hart’s last season of a four-year, dual premiership term as skipper in 1975 and ended with top-class ruckman Mark Lee taking the on-field leadership role in 1985.
Here is the full list of Richmond captains throughout that time frame . . .
1975: Royce Hart
1976-77: Francis Bourke
1978: Kevin Sheedy
1979: Kevin Bartlett
1980: Bruce Monteath (premiership captain)
1981: Bryan Wood
1982: David Cloke (Grand Final captain)
1983-84: Barry Rowlings
1985: Mark Lee