Geoffrey William Richardson

b. 7-Dec-1956

Geoff Richardson was identified as a special talent when his classical right hand batting produced some excellent scores for the Richmond Dowling Shield team during the early 1970’s.

After making his senior debut in the 1974-75 season he made the first of the 10 centuries he scored for Richmond’s senior team in 1975-76. Geoff played in the first eleven at Punt Road for 15 seasons, his record of 6150 runs from 185 games is the third highest in Richmond’s history. He was Club Champion twice, won 2 Batting Awards and played in 2 senior Premiership teams for the Tigers.

Geoff was a very consistent batsman scoring 500 or more runs on 4 occasions and 38 times he produced scores of 50 or more. At the age of 27 he was appointed Captain and during the 4 seasons in that role 1983-84 to 1986- 87 led from the front by producing the best form of his career, scoring 2314 runs @ 45.37 with 6 centuries. Geoff possessed a fine pair of hands, he took 92 catches for Richmond generally fielding in the slips cordon.

The Victorian selectors were also impressed because he was selected for the state 20 times in First Class and Domestic One Day matches. In the Sheffield Shield fixture against Queensland at the MCG in February 1984, Geoff gave a polished batting display for the Vics, hitting 204 not out, his highest First Class Score.

Geoff Richardson a fine clubman and Captain, his guidance and inspiration helped a group of young players in David Harris, Paul Quinn, Paul Reiffel and Geoff Parker proceed to higher honours. He was awarded Life Membership of the Richmond Cricket Club in 1985 and inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame in 2009.