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    Saturday, November 15, 2008

    Belated Condolences

    I have only recently received notification of the passing of several Richmond footballers during the 2008 season.
    So I feel it necessary to list them here with a short bio

    1. Mr Frank Hughes Jnr
    Frank, was the son of Richmond 1932 Premiership Coach 'Checker' Hughes.
    I was lucky enough to meet Frank Hughes in 2003, whereby our interview formed the entire basis of the 'Checker' Hughes chapter in my book RICHMOND FC: A Century of League Football.
    You can read Frank's story from page 58- 61

    He had a great understanding of the key role his father played in Richmond's history, and Frank himself, played for Richmond in 1944 for 3 games (and later Melbourne 1945 8 games).
    Frank accepted his the award for his father's induction into the Richmond Hall of Fame.

    He passed away 1 April 2008 at the age of 86 years old.

    2. Mr Peter Sherman

    Peter died on July 30th 2008 at the age of 83 years.

    I interviewed Peter on 27 October 2001 at his home in the Sth East Suburbs.
    Of the interview, only 1 paragraph made it into my Richmond publication- page 74, Peter's wonderful description of the physical specimen Dyer was, once stripped in the dressing rooms.

    Peter played for Richmond in 1947 for only 2 games. However was a member of Richmond's 1946 Reserves Premiership.
    I recall he had wonderful knowledge regarding the Australian Navy, and its role during World War 2.

    On a side note, he is the only person I have interviewed, who bought along his own tape recorder for the interview.
    His suggestions on how to prepare for an interview (based on his history when creating an oral history of the Navy), is something I am grateful to have learnt.