With just over four weeks until the bounce of the ball to start the 2015 season, Richmond has leapt into second place on the AFL’s membership ladder.
As of close of business on March 3, the Tigers had 63,606 members, which is up about 7000 on the same time last year.
Only Collingwood (65,502) currently has more members than Richmond, with even Hawthorn, coming off back-to-back premierships, trailing the Tigers.
Richmond’s CEO Brendon Gale, understandably, is thrilled with the Club’s membership numbers.
“It is truly humbling,” Gale said on ‘Talking Tigers’.
“The loyalty of our fans is amazing.
“And our membership team . . . we’ve got a crack team up there that provide really high levels of service.
“I’ve been asked a lot recently, are we going to be No. 1 in membership, and is that a goal?
“Those sorts of goals are great, but I guess the most important thing is focusing on really high levels of service and giving our fans a sense of involvement in our club, and keeping them informed and entertained.
“That’s all part of what we do and, if we continue to get record numbers as an outcome, then so be it. But it’s terrific . . . really proud.”
Richmond had a record number of 66,797 members in 2014.