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McGuire: Lou deserves statues all over the city

Collingwood great Lou Richards (R) is pushed in a wheelchair by club President Eddie McGuire at Westpac Centre in Melbourne
Collingwood great Lou Richards (R) is pushed in a wheelchair by club President Eddie McGuire at Westpac Centre in Melbourne JULIAN SMITH

AN EMOTIONAL Eddie McGuire said statues should be put up all over the city in the wake of the death of Lou Richards.

McGuire today recounted Richards' achievements as a Collingwood great, including being the Pies skipper, but said the fans, the players and the media would forever be blessed by Richards career post-football.

 

"We've got a statute for him at Collingwood, Channel Seven and Channel Nine should have one, the Herald Sun should have one and the AFL should put one fright out the front of AFL House and the players association should bow to it every day,'' McGuire said.

He said Richards deserved a category of his own in the AFL.

"I don't think there's anybody who has done what Lou did as player, a captain, a premiership captain, 250 games, was the epitome of the cheekiness of the Collingwood rover and grew up in the shadow of Victoria Park,'' McGuire said.

 

"His grandfather, Charlie Pannam, was in the early Collingwood teams. His brother best on ground in the '53 Grand Final. The Pannam-Richards dynasty is still the greatest dynasty in football in terms of games played.

"And then, once Louy's footy career was finished, he turned a suburban game played in one city into what has become the biggest sporting and media production business in Australia... he was the pioneer.

"He made football entertaining with League Teams, World of Sport, Wide World of Sport, the Sunday footy show and of course calling the football,

"He was the difference between the Sun News Pictorial being then No.1 selling newspaper in the country for many years.

"He was more than a legend.''

Topics:  afl collingwood eddie mcguire lou richards

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