Almanac Footy History – The 1967 Grand Final: Richmond v Geelong



Saturday evening’s AFL Grand Final will be the third time that Richmond and Geelong have faced off in the season decider.


Earlier this week, John Harms revisited their 1931 encounter. You can read John’s article here.


Thirty-six years later in 1967, the teams met again in what is widely regarded as one of the great Grand Finals. Find the time to watch it all again.





Now it’s time to anticipate their meeting this week in what is anticipated to be a game for the ages.


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  1. Colin Ritchie says

    My first ever Grand Final! Standing, crushed up against a dividing fence behind the goals at the city end a battle to see for a young , short bloke like me. The sounds, the atmosphere were incredible. And, Royce Hart’s mark, the crowd lifted as one.

  2. I had relations living in Springvale who were Tiger fans. I remember visiting their place with my parents, seeing all the Tigers paraphernalia, and highlights of the premiership adorning their place for a few years: 1969 at least. Being a little tacker in those days i remember being in awe of it, as my interest/knowledge in football developed.

    I started barracking for Geelong in 1969, a 30 year love affair that saw some great players, some great football, but no flags. Looking at the names in the 1967 Geelong Grand final team I see players who were so much part of my childhood, but never played in a flag wining side. Geoff Ainsworth, Terry Farman, Ken Newland, Wayne Closter, Bill Ryan, John Scarlett, Gareth Andrews, none played in a Geelong premiership team. Gareth Andrews was fortunate enough to go to Richmond, and play in their victorious 1974 side. Two other Geelong players from my childhood who played during the 1967 season, but never tasted premiership glory were Ian Nankervis and John Newman.



  3. george smith says

    Aah yes,
    Entering early adolescence wondering why my beloved Collingwood didn’t make the grade. My wretched school had an athletics carnival that day so I sat in the stands getting sunburned while others did the Chariots of Fire routine rather than listening to the radio broadcast.

    Memories of the Catholic Advocate which my father purchased at Mass. As well as severe admonishments about daring to view naughty French films such as “Belle de Jour”, the paper contained articles by Hugh Buggy the esteemed football writer. His view on the grand final -” Geelong or Hoodoo”. Footy fans took curses very seriously and no team had won from third place since the final four in its current format was introduced in 1931. As it turned out he was right.

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