David Cowper retired from the Richmond senior team after 22 years behind the stumps with a record un-equalled by any wicketkeeper in this club’s history and only surpassed by one man since the time records of District & Premier Cricket commenced in 1889-90.
If a person was to be selected to epitomise the spirit of cricket and to promote the Richmond brand David Cowper would come under careful consideration to be that person. Neat, athletic and at times brilliant with the gloves as seen by his record breaking 591 dismissals consisting of 528 caught and 63 stumped. His resolute batting saved the Tigers from defeat on occasions and took them to victory many times.
David played a club record 294 games for the Tigers and the 3,548 runs with 7 fifties he scored, along with his exceptional keeping saw him win 2 Club Championship Awards, play in the club’s 1976-77 Premiership team and gain selection for Victoria in First Class Cricket. In his debut game for Victoria against the Englishmen at the M.C.G in 1965-66, he was involved in a fine eighth wicket unbroken partnership of 122 with Australian Test player Graeme Watson.
David retired from senior cricket in 1980 but remained active, he gave excellent support to the lower level teams by captaining the Second and Third elevens and by working in the club coaching panel.
He was granted life membership of the Richmond Cricket Club in 1971, named the wicketkeeper in the club’s Team of the Century and inducted as an inaugural member in the 2009 Hall of Fame. All up he gave the Tigers nearly 30 years of dedicated service, his positive influence rubbing off on all the players, officials and supporters he had contact with during his long stay at Richmond.