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Key Facts

Full name
Richard Green

Known as
Richie Green

Born
17 September 1925

Died
19 March 1999 (aged 73)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 236d
Last game: 27y 255d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 33
South Melbourne: 4

Recruited from
Carlton (1953)

Richie Green

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1946-19529510.0159%16.003.0013
South MelbourneV/AFL1953200.000%0
V/AFL1946-19539710.0158%16.003.0013
Total1946-19539710.0158%16.003.0013

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 5,563rd player to appear, 2,451st most games played, 8,963rd most goals kickedCarlton: 609th player to appear, 186th most games played, 834th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 737th player to appear, 1,254th most games played, 1,277th most goals kicked

Used as a half back flanker early in his time with Carlton, Richie Green really came into his own when tried in a back pocket midway through his second season. Originally from East Brunswick, he played half a dozen games for the Blues in his debut year of 1946 before developing into a regular senior player from 1947. In that year’s grand final win over Essendon he was one of Carlton’s best players.

One of the keys to Green’s success was the close, almost telepathic partnership he enjoyed with champion full back Ollie Grieve. This pairing was still to the fore in 1949 as Carlton again qualified to meet Essendon on grand final day. Once again Green was one of the Blues’ best performers but he could not prevent a humiliating 73 point loss.

The Carlton phase of Richie Green’s career saw him play 95 VFL games and kick one goal between 1946 and 1952. An attempt to extend his playing life at South Melbourne in 1953 faltered after just a couple of appearances.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; https://www.blueseum.org/Ritchie+Green

Footnotes

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