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Lou (Lewis Thomas Charles) Richards MBE

15-03-1923 - 08-05-2017

Funeral Details

11:00 AM
Wednesday 17th May 2017 at St Pauls Anglican Cathedral, cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts, Melbourne, VIC

 

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

 

 

Tribute from Collingwood President, Eddie McGuire:

“It’s a terribly sad day for the Collingwood Football Club, for the AFL, for everyone who loves football but also for the city of Melbourne, because nobody epitomized Melbourne and it’s love affair of football and entertainment than the great Lou Richards. He was a giant of our game, born in the shadows of Victoria Park. His family played over 900 games and represented Collingwood in eight premiership sides, but it’s also what Lou did with entertainment, for football and sport. Lou Richards is a person who could be in the Logies Hall of Fame, the AFL Hall of Fame, the Collingwood Hall of Fame, the Publicans Hall of Fame – he’s just an amazing man, and what an amazing life he led.”

This site has been created by the Last Post to recognise Lou's remarkable life and contributions to football, the media and the community. Over the coming days the site will be developed with personal details and memories. This initial site is simply to enable anyone, anywhere to post a permanent personal tribute to Lou. We offer our condolences to Lou's family and friends.

Tributes

Jan Tully

May 15th, 2017 at 9:43 am

Have been a Pies supporter since about 6 years of age. Ted Whitten was our local grocer in Sunshine. Lou had a bet with Ted once, promising to 'mow' Ted's front lawn with nail clippers if Footscray won. I was one of a huge crowd there when Lou got down on his hands and knees and did just that. I am sure he knew that Ted's front lawn was a pocket handkerchief sized bit of grass at the side of his shop. What a day!

Phil O'Donnell (Director Of The Last Post)

May 11th, 2017 at 10:12 am

Although I am a lifetime Magpie I was too young to see Lou hold aloft the '53 Premiership Cup. Fortunately, any young football loving person growing up in Melbourne in the 60's & 70's was greatly influenced by Bob, Jack and Lou. World of Sport was essential viewing for lots of us, along with League Teams, Replays, etc. We enjoyed Bob trying to control things, genial Jack dryly making comments, and larrikin Lou providing the humour - and often blunt assesments of poor performances. Lou understood Melbourne and Victoria's then almost obsessive love affair with football and brilliantly tapped into that psyche. I liken Lou to the football equivalent of that other TV larrikin of those days, Graham Kennedy - both had the rare media smarts to naturally read and irreverently respond to their audience. As a youth I came into World of Sport and it was fascinating to watch the "behind the scenes" dynamics and antics of Lou and the whole crew. One of the pleasures of growing older is we are allowed embellish the stories of our younger days. These tend to increase with death. Lou had no trouble embellishing in the present! This site is a permanent tribute to Lou that will be available to his family and our community for future generations. If you have any stories of Lou you can share them here for posterity. I'll let the brilliant cartoonist, Mark Knight, express my final thoughts. Mark drew Bob and Jack hosting heavenly League Teams. Strutting in from stage right, in a Collingwood jumper and angel's wings was Lou. Bob, in a dry aside to Jack, muttered, "Here comes trouble!"

Mike Parer South Supporter Since 1945

May 10th, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Thanks, Lou – your life of ‘taking the Mickey out of football losses’ with your asphalt down to earth humour on World of Sport saved many of us falling into depression especially these of us whose teams got so many wooden spoons. Thanks for a wonderful life of giving all you had to us all, even or especially those of us who find it hard to say a good word of Collingwood. Thanks, Lou – your life of ‘taking the Mickey out of football losses’ with your asphalt down to earth humour on World of Sport saved many of us falling into depression especially these of us whose teams got so many wooden spoons. Thanks for a wonderful life of giving all you had to us all, even or especially those of us who find it hard to say a good word of Collingwood. Thanks, Lou – your life of ‘taking the Mickey out of football losses’ with your asphalt down to earth humour on World of Sport saved many of us falling into depression especially these of us whose teams got so many wooden spoons. Thanks for a wonderful life of giving all you had to us all, even or especially those of us who find it hard to say a good word of Collingwood. Requiescat in Pace - Mike Parer

Mick Leahy

May 10th, 2017 at 10:51 am

With Bob Davis and Jack Dyer, Lou was God's gift to the mental health of generations of Victorians.

Laraine Beattie

May 9th, 2017 at 7:43 pm

Lou and Edna...you were a great team and a class act to the many families you befriended and mentored over many generations. May you both rest in peace together now forever. Love and condolence to your beautiful daughters and their families. 🌹🌹❤️❤️

Paul Grech

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.

Justin Weston

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

Tom Watson

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!

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