The man whose name is indelibly etched in Richmond’s history, for his two last-quarter goals in the epic 1967 Grand Final encounter with Geelong, told the audience at the Club’s Annual General Meeting last night, how lucky he felt to be a two-time Tiger premiership player (’67 and 1969).
John Ronaldson, who steered through a couple of amazing set-shot goals, in the frenetic final minutes of that ’67 Grand Final classic, was one of 18 former players to receive Richmond Life Membership at the 2013 AGM.
“I feel really humble in accepting this Life Membership. It’s something that means a lot to me and my family,” Ronaldson said.
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“I was fortunate that I arrived at Richmond at a time when we were a power. I wasn’t here for a long time, but my fortune really came from the misfortune of two long-time champions of this club – Neville Crowe and Mike Perry.
“They were both suspended (Crowe in 1967 and Perry in 1969), and I was the lucky recipient of a position in both Grand Finals . . .
“I’d really like to thank the Richmond Football Club for the opportunity to be a part of this great club.
“I’m certainly hopeful that in time to come, we’ll see a lot more success, as we did in our years.”