King Richard

King Richard
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Dick Reynolds was regarded by many as Australian Rules football’s greatest player. However, unlike other well-known contemporaries he has never had his story published in this much detail. Read more

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Dick Reynolds was regarded by many as Australian Rules football’s greatest player. However, unlike other well-known contemporaries he has never had his story published in this much detail. Through his on-field deeds during the 1930s and 1940s, Reynolds transformed the once struggling Essendon Football Club into a powerhouse within the Victorian Football League.

His meteoric rise saw him claim a record three Brownlow Medals. Reynolds was labelled an inspiration when he led Essendon to the 1942 premiership, where his best-on-ground display brought an end to an 18-year premiership drought for the club. Reynolds then led Essendon through one of the finest eras of any side in the history of the VFL/AFL, with the Bombers playing in every Grand Final between 1946 and 1951. Despite his remarkable success, Reynolds’ inability to claim a premiership as a non-playing coach saw many question his capacity to inspire a team in the same manner he had as a player. However, when he was controversially sacked in 1960, Reynolds had the greatest winning percentage of any coach in the history of the VFL.


Author: Dan Eddy
Daniel Eddy met his football idol Dick Reynolds when he was 15 years old, which led him on a path to research Reynolds’ story. In 2013, Eddy completed a Master of Arts degree at Victoria University on Dick Reynolds’ impact on the Essendon community. He has also had articles published in the 2012 Grand Final Record and 2013 Grand Final Record, as well as in two academic publications: Sport, Culture and Society and Sporting Traditions. He previously worked on football with Channel 9 in Melbourne and with the Ontario Australian Football League in Toronto, Canada. King Richard is his first book

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