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Key Facts

Full name
Richard Graham

Known as
Ricky Graham

Born
21 June 1946

Died
16 November 2023 (aged 77)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 328d
Last game: 23y 77d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 21

Family links
Jack Graham (Father)Ben Graham (Nephew)

Ricky Graham

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1965-19693540.1163%8.371.461.832
Total1965-19693540.1163%8.371.461.832

AFL: 7,698th player to appear, 5,155th most games played, 6,757th most goals kickedGeelong: 682nd player to appear, 423rd most games played, 569th most goals kicked

Ricky Graham enjoyed a varied football career in three states. He commenced that career in 1965 with Geelong, but over the course of a five season stint only managed 35 senior appearances, for five goals. The highlight was participation as 20th man in the Cats’ 1967 grand final loss to Richmond. He was given a run late on and scored a goal, but he also missed an excellent chance to register full points in the dying moments of the game. His form in the reserves was consistently good, and he won the 1967 Gardiner Medal for competition best and fairest in that grade.

The second phase of Graham’s career took place in Tasmania and involved stints as captain-coach of New Norfolk from 1970 to 1972 and Ulverstone between 1973 and 1976. He won a William Leitch Medal while with New Norfolk (in 1972) and was also captain of Tasmania’s Perth carnival team the same year. The highlight of his time with the Robins was masterminding their 1976 grand final defeat of Penguin, which was followed up with a state title triumph.

In 1977-8 Graham rounded off his career in the QAFL with Windsor Zillmere whom he captain-coached to a losing grand final against Western Districts in his second season.  

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

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