History of debutant Richmond coaches


With Adem Yze set to make his coaching debut with Richmond today, here is a list of how Tiger coaches have fared in their first game in charge.

With Adem Yze set to make his coaching debut with Richmond in Saturday’s opening round match against Gold Coast at Heritage Bank Stadium, here is a list of how Tiger coaches have fared in their first game in charge, dating back to the Club’s ‘Immortal’ coach Tommy Hafey.

1966: Tommy Hafey – defeated Carlton by six points at Princes Park.

1977: Barry Richardson – lost to Fitzroy by 14 points at Junction Oval.

1979: Tony Jewell – defeated South Melbourne by 14 points at Lake Oval.

1982: Francis Bourke – defeated Fitzroy by 41 points at Waverley Park.

1984: Mike Patterson – lost to Footscray by 39 points at Whitten Oval.

1985: Paul Sproule – lost to Essendon by 17 points at Windy Hill.

1988: Kevin Bartlett – lost to Melbourne by 46 points at the MCG.

1992: Allan Jeans – lost to North Melbourne by 66 points at Waverley Park.

1993: John Northey – lost to Adelaide by 94 points at the MCG.

1996: Robert Walls – lost to Essendon by 18 points at the MCG.

1998: Jeff Gieschen – defeated Essendon by 14 points at the MCG.

2000: Danny Frawley – defeated Melbourne by two points at the MCG.

2005: Terry Wallace – lost to Geelong by 62 points at the MCG.

2010: Damien Hardwick – lost to Carlton by 56 points at the MCG.



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