Lou Richards

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Lewis Thomas Charles "Lou" Richards (born 15 March 1923) is a retired Australian rules footballer, who played 250 games with the Collingwood Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) between 1941 and 1955. Richards married Edna Lillian Bowie in 1948; the couple have two daughters.Lucy Beaumont, (13 Feb 2005), The Age, 'The two (or three) of us' accessed on 9 Sep 2007 at:

Playing career

Born in Collingwood, Victoria, Richards' passion for Collingwood grew out of family connections – he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Charlie H. 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 wearing the #1 guernsey.

The outstanding feature of Richards' play — apart, that is, from his propensity for kicking opponents in the shins that was common to all of the Pannams — was his extraordinary capacity to successfully and relentlessly rove to a losing ruck (which he did for most of his career).

He was captain for four years. He captained Collingwood to the 1953 premiership, when the club had undergone its first ever flag 'drought' of 17...
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