Home movie-Richmond v St.Kilda from 1990 (thanks grandpa!)

As I was looking through some old videos lying about the house, I stumbled across some of my grandpa Harold’s finest work from the year 1990, when as a family, we headed (with friends) to the MCG for the round 12 clash between the Tiges and the Saints. This was before my little brother Pete had become a Footscray follower, so there’s some rare footage of him in yellow and black, bouncing on my mother’s knee.

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About to leave for the footy with our Richmond supporting friends. I am extreme left, my sister right. Behind sat our mode of transport that day, the rusty old Kingswood

As fate would have it, my mother also had her camera on the go this day, so our expedition was documented in far greater detail than usual. In fact one of my earliest posts was of a photograph taken this round 12 clash.

One of the intriguing aspects of the video is the dismantling of the old Southern Stand. As you can see, the roof was being removed, the Richmond cheer squad shunted around to the wing for a portion of the year.

Also worth looking out for is Michael Mitchell’s sensational goal at the 2 min 50 sec mark, yours truly taking great pride in his flag at 5:56, and the Richmond supporter being escorted from the ground by the police at 6:10. There are many other gems such as the prevalence of Sweathog apparel and cigarette smoke, both severely lacking from the modern game.

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To the left is grandpa Harold in his Essendon beanie, video camera in hand

Video File #3 – Tigerland

As I slowly digitise my extensive VHS collection, I stumble across the odd gem or two. And this, I consider to be a gem. ‘Small Tales and True’ was a series broadcast on the Comedy Channel in 1998, featuring amongst others Robyn Butler, Bob Franklin, Stephen Curry and Roz Hammond.

Each episode focused on a different aspect of Australian life in a mock-documentary style. This particular episode, Tigerland, focussed on the behind the scenes politics of the Richmond Football Club cheersquad. The episode centres on a battle for position of chief ‘slogan-writer.’ As you can see in parts, my video cassette was on it’s last legs when copied, so apologies for a few wonky moments. Enjoy