Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Richard Vernon

Known as
Dick 'Bendigo' Vernon


28 December 1878

18 January 1954 (aged 75)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 30y 124d
Last game: 32y 269d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 68 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 21

Recruited from
Boulder City (1909)

Dick 'Bendigo' Vernon

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 1,489th player to appear, 4,199th most games played, 4,574th most goals kickedCollingwood: 148th player to appear, 340th most games played, 395th most goals kicked

Nicknamed 'Bendigo', Richard Vernon played his early senior football with Boulder City, captaining the side in 1906. As a rover he was reported as being highly determined and skilful, and as teaming well with the great Phil Matson. In 1909 he decided to try his hand in the VFL and signed for Collingwood. Over the next three years he played a total of 51 senior games and booted 12 goals. In the 1910 Grand Final he contributed a goal from a half forward flank to the Magpies' 9.7 (61) to 6.11 (47) defeat of Carlton. After retiring as a player he became a VFL umpire.

Author - John Devaney


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