Lewis Thomas Charles "Lou" Richards, MBE played 250 games for the Collingwood Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) between 1941 and 1955. He played as a rover and captained the team from 1952-55, including a premiership win in 1953. Lou later became a hotel manager and a highly prominent sports journalist, in print, radio and television, and was known for his wit and vivacity.
Born in Collingwood, Lou's passion for Collingwood grew out of family connections – he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Charlie Pannam (shortened from Pannamopoulos after migrating to Australia from Greece), and uncles Charles and Alby Pannam, both former Magpie players. His brother Ron Richards also played for the club. The Richards/Pannam dynasty made Collingwood the only club to have been captained by three generations of the one family. As a family they played over 1200 games between them.
In 1948, Lou Richards married Edna Lillian Bowie who died, aged 87, in March 2008; the couple had two daughters.
Lou was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1981, received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001. In 1996, he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2008. Source: Wikipedia
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May 9th, 2017 at 6:51 pm
So sad to hear of the death of Lou. I never met him, but like most footy lovers, we felt we knew him. He was a man of the people with the common touch and his cheeky, crazy sense of fun.
May 9th, 2017 at 6:25 pm
Collingwood, football and Victoria have lost one of our much loved characters. He lived long and so well. Thanks, Lou
May 9th, 2017 at 6:12 pm
Footy when I was a kid wouldn't have been the same without you (and Jack Dyer) - hoping against hope you wouldn't put the "kiss of death" on the Bloods again! :) You gave colour and humour to the game, and we loved you for it. Your antics on WoS had a simple, honest clubroom style without the rancour we sometimes see today. Hope you get the big "all clear" at the pearly gates!