Richmond’s one-point loss to Fremantle at Paterson Stadium last Friday night was the sixth time the two teams have played in a match decided by under a goal since the Dockers joined the competition in 1995.
All-up, the Tigers have won four of those contests, but their two close losses have both been by one-point margins.
Fremantle’s debut AFL game was in Round 1 of the 1995, against Richmond at the MCG, and it was the Tigers who prevailed that day by five points – 12.18 (90) to 12.13 (85).
Two years later, at the ground formerly known as Princes Park, Richmond again emerged with a five-point victory over the Dockers – 10.12 (72) to 10.7 (67), in Round 4, 1997.
The Tigers made it three from three in close clashes with Fremantle when they pipped the Dockers by one point at Subiaco in Round 13, 1999 – 19.13 (127) to 19.12 (126).
But, early the following season at what was then known as Colonial Stadium, Freo gained revenge, holding on for a one-point win against Richmond – 12.16 (88) to 13.9 (87).
The next cliff-hanger between the two teams took place in Round 10, 2009 at Subiaco, with the Tigers triumphing by three points – 17.13 (115) to 17.10 (112).
Four years on, Richmond and Fremantle fought out a Round 5, 2013 thriller at Patersons Stadium in what was the 28th meeting between the two sides.
Since the Tigers joined the then VFL competition in 1908, they have been involved in 45 one-point result games, winning 24 of them and losing 21.