2004 Premiership Players Club

Captain Blood, Jack Dyer, along with 19 other premiership players appeared on a limited edition Souvenir Sheet released on 24th March 2004. For the first time it featured a deceased player by special permission of Dyer’s Family. Unfortunately Footscray’s Wally Donald, a member of their Team of the Century and Vice Captain of their 1954 Premiership side also passed away prior to the event. It also included three current players, Alistair Lynch, David King and Glen Jakovich.

Biography Jack Dyer

The nickname ‘Captain Blood’ says almost everything which needs to be said: Richmond’s Jack Dyer was the epitome of the tough, ruthless footballer who took no prisoners. However, the tiny amount which it doesn’t say is also worthy of telling: Jack Dyer was a highly accomplished footballer who would have been a creditable performer even without the embellishment of brutality. Perhaps more to the point, had Dyer elected to sacrifice some of his team-orientated qualities in favour of the individualistic approach espoused by some of his contemporaries there are some (Melbourne super-coach Norm Smith – no mean judge of player talent, one ventures to suppose – among them) who suggest he might have become the greatest and most highly decorated footballer of all time.

Decorations were for Christmas trees as far as Jack Dyer was concerned, however. Football was – and is – a team game, and if the best way to help his team to victory was to intimidate and unsettle the opposition, then so be it. Moreover, if the needs of the team were best served by inflicting actual bodily harm on members of the opposition, then that was fine, too. Having been schooled by nuns and Christian brothers, Dyer was nothing if not pragmatic. “Anything goes,” he once observed, “as long as you can get away with it.” The fact that Jack Dyer was only suspended once during his nineteen season, 312 game, innumerable collarbone-breaking VFL career suggests that he was eminently capable of ‘getting away with it’.

He was also a pretty good footy player, who played 312 VFL games and kicked 443 goals between 1931 and 1949, besides being a regular Victorian interstate representative. He also won the Richmond best and fairest player award no fewer than half a dozen times, a club record. Quite fittingly the award is now named after him.

Biography Bob Davis

Boasting pace, power and panache in abundance, Bob ‘Woofa’ Davis appropriately went by the nickname of ‘The Geelong Flier’. As a half forward flanker he made significant contributions to the Cats’ premiership victories of 1951 and ’52, and was voted club best and fairest in 1957. Originally from Golden Point, Davis was an avid South Melbourne supporter as a youngster but when that club rejected him he tried his luck with the Cats, who immediately snapped him up. 

Between 1948 and 1958 he played 189 VFL games, kicking 149 goals. A regular ‘Big V’ representative, Bob Davis earned All Australian selection, as captain, in 1958. He also captained Geelong in his last four seasons with the club. Appointed coach of the Cats in 1960 he was successful in guiding the club to a Grand Final victory over Hawthorn three seasons later. He went on to enjoy a successful media career.

In 2001, Bob Davis was selected in his accustomed half forward flank position in Geelong’s official ‘Team of the Twentieth Century’.

His passing in 2011 resulted in an enormous outpouring of emotion from the football public.

Biography Lou Richards

Lewis Thomas Charles “Lou” Richards, MBE (15 March 1923 – 8 May 2017) was an Australian rules footballer who played 250 games for the Collingwood Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) between 1941 and 1955. He captained the team from 1952–55, including a premiership win in 1953. He later became a hotel manager and a highly prominent sports journalist, in print, radio and television, and was known for his wit and vivacity.

Born in Collingwood, Victoria, Richards’ passion for Collingwood grew out of family connections – he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Charlie Pannam (shortened from Pannamopoulos after migrating to Australia from Greece), and uncles Charles and Alby Pannam, both former Magpie players. His brother Ron Richards also played for the club. The Richards/Pannam dynasty made Collingwood the only club to have been captained by three generations of the one family. As a family they played over 1200 games between them.

Richards played as a rover, resting in the forward pocket. He was captain of the club for four years, including Collingwood’s 1953 premiership team.

Richards also had a long career in the media, beginning as a sport journalist for The Argus and later The Sun News-Pictorial where he gained the nickname of “Louie the Lip”. He was a very popular commentator on both radio and television, the latter on Channel 7 with his great mates Jack Dyer and Bob Davis. He also appeared on the popular World of Sport program. In the 1990s and 2000s, he made regular appearances on both The Footy Show and the Sunday Footy Show.

As a football tipster, Richards was known as a Kiss of Death and regularly backed-up his tips with famous dares: “I’ll cut Teddy Whitten’s lawn with nail scissors” or “I’ll jump off St Kilda pier.”

At the end of 2008, Richards retired from hosting the handball segment on the Sunday Footy Show, and subsequently made only occasional public appearances.

The Players

First Class Collectables released twenty covers with the relevant P stamp for each member.

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