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Key Facts

Full name
Neville Crowe

Known as
Neville Crowe

1 June 1937

2 September 2016 (aged 79)

Place of death
Melbourne, VIC (3001)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 325d
Last game: 30y 100d

Height and weight
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 96 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Caulfield

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 5

Recruited from
Richmond (1971)

Neville Crowe

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Total1957-1967, 19711661030.62

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,766th player to appear, 1,308th most games played, 1,286th most goals kickedRichmond: 573rd player to appear, 72nd most games played, 91st most goals kicked

Neville Crowe achieved everything of note at Richmond except participation in a premiership team, an honour he missed in the most controversial and unfortunate of circumstances. In the 1967 Second Semi Final he was reported, and subsequently suspended, for striking Carlton's John Nicholls. It was the first suspension of his 11-season, 150-game VFL career, and Nicholls later admitted that he had staged the whole affair simply to win a free kick. Two weeks later, Crowe missed the Grand Final in which the Tigers triumphed over Geelong, and shortly afterwards he announced his retirement. In 1971, he made a brief return to football with VFA side Caulfield.

Recruited from VAFA club State Savings Bank, Crowe made his VFL debut in 1957, and soon earned a reputation as a hard-working and influential ruckman. He won Richmond best-and-fairest awards in 1963, 1964 and 1966, and captained the side from 1963 to 1966. At the 1966 Hobart carnival he put in a series of Herculean performances in the ruck for the VFL to achieve All Australian selection. Neville Crowe later served as an effective and highly respected president of the Richmond Football Club.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.