Lou (Lewis Thomas Charles) Richards MBE
15-03-1923 - 08-05-2017
Funeral Details11:00 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.