Richard Sylvannus 'Dick' Reynolds
(born 20 June 1915 - 2 September 2002) was an Australian rules footballer
and coach who represented Essendon
with great distinction.Reynolds had several relatives who also became League footballers, including his brother Tom
, cousin Max Oppy
, and grandson Joel
He played from 1933 until 1951, captain coaching the side from 1939 until 1950, and coaching after his retirement from 1951 until 1960.
Revered by Essendon supporters, he was often referred to simply as "King Richard".Baum, Greg: , The Age
, 7 September 2002.
The most notable highlights of Reynolds career include:
- Four time premiership captain-coach (1942, 1946, 1949, 1950), The Age, 9 November 2002.
- Three time Brownlow Medal winner (1934, 1937, 1938), the equal most of any player
- Seven time Essendon best-and-fairest (1934, 1936–1939, 1942, 1943), an equal club recordJohnson, Len: , The Age, 2 October 2003.
- 320 career games, a league record at the time of his retirement
- 442 goals scored, a club record at the time of his retirement
- Ranked as the greatest ever player for the club in the "Champions of Essendon"
Off the field, Reynolds was a shy and private man, noted for his humility about his footballing achievements. Just three days before his death, after being given a standing ovation by the crowd at the "Champions of Essendon
" announcement dinner, at... Read More