Almanac Footy Teams – The proudest Dicks!


The Proudest Dicks


What parent would name their child Dick in this day and age?


It would be considered a hate crime.


Yet, half a century ago numerous Dicks strutted around in the world of football, politics and entertainment.


Growing up in the 1970s, I only knew Victoria’s then Premier as Dick Hamer and not Rupert. You know the name is flagging when Rupert becomes the preferred option.


I was a fan of the TV series ‘Bewitched’. In the 1960s we had the black and white Dick York and later Dick Sargent as Samantha’s husbands. She was the witch with two Dicks.


Dick Dastardly and his snickering pooch Muttley would terrorize Penelope Pitstop and Peter Perfect in the ‘Wacky Races’, one of my fave cartoons along with the Groovy Goolies.


Batman’s offsider, Robin was Dick Grayson, before miraculously turning into the Boy Wonder while sliding down a pole.


A detective was a clever Dick in the Dick Tracy era.


Dick Lee was one of Collingwood’s early legends. Lee was a high flier , but he was also a prolific goal-kicker (707 goals) and durable (230 games between 1906 to 1922).


Richmond’s flexible Dick Clay started on the wing and finished his career at full back.


Has there been a more decorated footballer than Essendon legend, Dick Reynolds ?


Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle, CCS, GWS, Port Adelaide and West Coast have played Dick-less in the VFL/AFL.



Over to you Knackers: Who are your favourite Dicks?



B: McCabe (Fitz)                            Clay (Rich)                           Hingston (Melb)


HB: Abikhair (Haw/NthM)         Michalczyk (NthM)             Chirgwin (Rich/SthM)


C: Casey (SthM)                               Condon (Coll)                      Wearmouth   (Foots)


HF: Kennedy (Melb/Fitz)             Wardhill (Melb)                  Grigg (Geel)


F: Harris (Rich)                               Lee (Coll)                               Taylor (Melb)


RUCK: Fenton-Smith (Melb)       Gibbs (University)               Reynolds (Ess)


IC: Welch (Ess)      Molloy (Ess/NthM)   Vernon (Coll)            Pirrie (Melb)


Coach: Dick Reynolds (Captain-Coach)


Entertainment: Wacky Races Intro




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About Phillip Dimitriadis

Carer/Teacher/Writer. Author of Fandemic: Travels in Footy Mythology. World view influenced by Johnny Cash, Krishnamurti, Larry David, Toni Morrison and Billy Picken.


  1. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    First picked should have been the 1909 Magarey Medalist, Dick Head (that was his name, not my insult to you Phil)

  2. Comedy could come from Dicky Knee (John Blackman). At one stage Norwood had a ruckman named Dick Oakey. When he competed for the knock many of the fans would yell “UP Dick”. I kid you not.

  3. PS Players from our the team could amuse themselves by watching the film “Carry on Dick” starring Sid James as highwayman Dick Turpin, aka Big Dick in the film.

  4. Do any of them have a wife?

  5. Robert Allen says

    Dick Lee wasn’t really a Dick. He was a Walter but was nicknamed Dick to differentiate him from his father, who had the same name. Still, Dick was the name that stuck, so fair dos.

  6. Would you believe that years ago some cars had special seats for Dicks? The Dickie seat was an upholstered exterior folding up seat situated where the boot is now. If you don’t believe me, look it up on the internet

  7. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Swish – I knew there had to be one somewhere in South Australia !

    Fisho – Was ‘Up Dick’ Oatey related to the great Jack Oatey? Dickie seats a must for a large family in 1980s/90s. Perhaps the Carry On Films were responsible for the Dick-less world we have today ?

    Rabid – When I watched the Biggus Dickus scene stoned, once, I was nearly physically sick from rolling on the floor and laughing so much. It never fails to raise a chuckle, stoned or straight.

    Robert – As long as the name sticks. Richard Osborne was known as ‘Tricky Dicky’ to his adoring Fitzroy fans. Considered including ‘Richards’,
    Dick Loveridge, Dick Champion , Dick Vandenberg, Dick Dennis ?

    Other famous sporting Dicks:
    Advocaat – Soccer
    Van Dijk – Soccer (Seriously)
    Turpin – Boxer
    Dick Quax – Runner (I kid you not)
    Johnson – Racing Driver

  8. Phil, his name was Dick OAKEY not OATEY and so I wouldn’t expect them to be related.

  9. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Apologies Fisho. The name Oatey is huge in SA footy. Sometimes we have to look twice !

  10. Phil D. With ya. Laughed hysterically as I was posting the link.

  11. Great stuff, LB.

    Don’t forget Dick Diamonde, bass player in a mighty good Australian rock band by the name of the Easybeats.

  12. Sunday Morning Spectacular at the club featuring floor show by Dick Emery!

  13. Obviously the Dicks’ team anthem would be “Tooty Fruity” sung by Little Richard.

    In the sixties we enjoyed watching “The Dick van Dyke Show “.

    Australian Dick Bentley starred in the fifties British radio program “Take it from Here” as Ron Glum.

    Meanwhile in ’97, when Port Power burst into the AFL, Donald Dickie, recruited from Norwood, looked the goods.

  14. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Sandy Roberts could be the Dicks’ media guy, but he might Cock it up.

  15. Eric “Dorothy” Dix was the spindly West Torrens ruckman when I was a kid. He was one of the few ruckman who could hold their own with Norwood’s Big Bill Wedding. Big Dix was a key role in Torrens minor premiership in 1963 (coached by Dick Reynolds) before bowing out to Port and North by under a goal in both the second semi and prelim. Burned in my memory.

  16. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. is an American sporting goods retail company, based in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. The company was established by Richard “Dick” Stack in 1948, and has approximately 850 stores and 30,000 employees, as of 2018. Dick’s is the nation’s largest sporting goods retailer, and is listed on the Fortune 500.

  17. How could we forget the Dick who flopped? Dick Fosbury revolutionised high jumping at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics when he went over the bar backwards (set at 2.24 metres). Until Dick flopped everyone had gone over the bar looking forwards with variations of scissors; straddle and Western Roll.

  18. Willy Dick ?


  19. Changing codes, I always though Umpire Dick French was unfortunately named. I’m sure Tony Greig once accidentally juxatposed his name and said French Dick.

    You might recall in 2007 that Dick and Cox both debuted on the same night for the Pies. Goldsack entered the fray a bit later on that season.

  20. If the Dicks should take up cricket and tour England, Dickie Bird would surely be one of the umpires.

    Charlie Dickens could pen a novel about the tour with Dick Wittington and his cat featuring.

  21. I feel that I do have to enter this particular fray, with no real skin in the game other than, being christened Richard in 1962. I was subject to the highly imaginative school yard wits that called me Richard Cranium (until I worked that one out) and of course the abbreviation of Richard to Dick. Thankfully the name Dick was on the decline as I was on the incline into teenage and adult years. All bad puns intended.

    One point Lord Bogan, surely entertainment would be provided by the Sex Pistols. Ably supported by Australia’s own, Hard-Ons. If you want to play it safe, maybe 60s duo Dick and Dee Dee.


  22. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Cheers Smokie – Diamonde of course ! Great nomination.
    Swish – Sandy will never live that down will he?
    Thanks PB – Didn’t know that ‘King Richard’ Dick Reynolds coached West Torrens. I think part of the reason I assemble these teams is to improve my broader Australian footy history. Fosbury, poor fella being known as ‘The Dick that Flopped’. How do you come back from that?

    Glen ! – Brad Dick – Collingwood and Billy Dick Carlton, if we are going to include surnames.

    Damo, McAlmanc and Fisho – Dickie Bird seemed unfazed by his moniker. Loved the way he gave batsmen out with the side arm. Dick Van Dyke, Dick Emery huge parts of my childhood. My mum used to love Dick Emery’s send up of the vicar with the big teeth.

    Slim – I think choosing Rick was wise, ultimately. Will see if I can assemble a team of Ricks/Rickys.
    Sex Pistols and Hard Ons could get through on ‘association’. Richard Anthony Monsour , AKA, Dick Dale and the Del-Tones should headline. Misirlou, opening track from Pulp Fiction sets the scene beautifully.

  23. Dick Telford, who is best known as a sports scientist (at the AIS) and running coach played one game for Collingwood and two for Fitzroy in the mid sixties. He went on to play for (and later coach) Preston in the VFA. His father, also called Dick, was Director at Footscray Tafe when I worked there in the early eighties. There were about five other staff members named Dick also working there. I hadn’t seen so many Dicks in the one place since the showers at High School.

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