Les Manning may just be Richmond’s oldest living supporter.
At 103 years of age, Manning has proudly supported the Club for almost nine decades.
“I’m too old now to get along to the games but I certainly enjoy watching them on the television,” Manning said.
“I think they’re a great team.”
It marks a big week for Manning, who celebrated his 103th birthday on Tuesday and will be heavily involved in Anzac Day commemorations over the weekend.
This Sunday night Richmond and Melbourne will pay tribute to those who have served our country in their fifth-round Anzac Day Eve match.
Manning was one of 2500 young Australian men who sailed on the Dutch Costa Rica for Crete in 1939.
In 1941 Manning was captured and sent to Germany where he spent three-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war until his repatriation by the Americans.
However, Manning's love for the Tigers began much earlier.
He moved to Richmond when he was 15 and five of friends were Tiger supporters, so they dragged him along to matches.
“We used to come and watch the games when they were playing here at Punt Road and see Jack Dyer, Tom O’Halloran, George Rudolph - all those old players,” he said.
“Now I enjoy watching the young players today.”
Manning’s connection with the Club deepened when he got a job at the State Savings Bank several years later.
One of his workmates would roll up pieces of paper and kick them around – it was esteemed former Richmond captain and president Neville Crowe.