Clay queries criteria for giving Richmond life memberships

February 22, 2018

Richmond great Richard "Dick" Clay (centre) is concerned about the Tigers' new criteria for life memberships.

Richmond great and former Kyabram footballer Richard ‘‘Dick’’ Clay has concerns his beloved AFL Tigers might have cheapened club life memberships in awarding them to every premiership player in the team’s history.

As a four-time premiership hero and 213-game veteran with the Tigers in the 1960s and 1970s, Clay is a life member of the club.

Clay cited the case of Jack Graham, who has played just five games with Richmond — one of them being in the Tigers’ premiership triumph last year — and is a life member.

Under Richmond’s criteria for the honour, Kyabram’s Billy James is also a life member even though he played his one and only game with the Tigers in its winning 1920 grand final side.

‘‘When I first joined Richmond, you had to play 100 senior games or give the club at least 10 years’ service to be considered for life membership,’’ Clay said.

‘‘It doesn’t sit quite right with me that some players who have played in a premiership at the club can get life membership and some who may have worked behind the scenes for 10 or 20 years could miss out.

‘‘Maybe the club made the decision on giving life memberships to premiership players because every servant of the club now gets paid. So there is not going to be many, or any, life memberships handed out in the future so they are making up for that.’’

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