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Key Facts

Full name
Ramon Poulter

Known as
Ray Poulter

Big Joe

10 March 1929

14 June 1999 (aged 70)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 118d
Last game: 27y 161d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 30, 24

Recruited from
Greensborough (1946)

Family links
Joe Poulter (Father)Allan Cations (Brother-in-law)

Ray Poulter

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 5,607th player to appear, 961st most games played, 135th most goals kickedRichmond: 460th player to appear, 54th most games played, 9th most goals kicked

Originally from Greensborough by way of Richmond Tech, Ray Poulter was a very useful centre-half forward whose lackadaisical approach (most notably on the training track) perhaps prevented him from developing into a true champion. Nevertheless, he gave Richmond commendable service between 1946 and 1956, during the course of which he booted 351 goals. His tallies of 51 goals in 1949, 56 the following year and 49 in 1955 were good enough to top the Tigers' lists for those years.

A VFL representative player in 1955, Poulter was strong overhead and was sometimes asked to take a turn in the ruck, which he almost invariably did to good effect. A left-footer, he favoured the torpedo punt when shooting for goal, and was renowned for his ability to kick truly from considerable distances.

Pouter represented Victoria three times and once ran second in the club best and fairest. After retiring from Richmond, he became captain-coach of Castlemaine, a post he held for three seasons.

Author - John Devaney with additional material from Adam Cardosi


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