KOZ is a born and bred Melburnian.
A Richmond supporter since hearing a roar from the M.C.G. which was not far away from where I grew up in George Street, Richmond. What’s that noise Dad? I remember asking. That’s the crowd at the ‘G’ son he said. The ‘G’, what’s that? The ‘G’ is short for the M.C.G. or the Melbourne Cricket Ground, one of the best grounds in the world son, where they play football, cricket and even the Olympic Games.
I had heard about football (footy) at school and wanted to know more. It was 1966 (I was 11) and it was the finals. I don’t remember who was playing but I remember Dad saying we baracked for a team named Richmond because that’s where we lived. Apparently, we didn’t like Collingwood because that was the next suburb.
I went on to become a life-long member of the Richmond Football Club, and a proud Eat ‘Em Alive Tiger supporter. Through thick and thin (yes, there has been a fair bit of thin), I have supported the mighty Tigers. I’ve been very fortunate, between 1967 (my first year as a supporter) and 1980, we won 5 magnificent premierships (1967, 1969, 1973, 1974 & 1980), so I feel honoured to have been a part of the club during that successful era.
Update: Richmond broke a 30 year drought to win the 2017 AFL Premiership, then 2019 and 2020. Richmond have now won 13 premierships in the senior VFL/AFL competition and a further two in the VFA.
I went to Richmond High School, and then spent my 20’s working in Melbourne before travelling the world for the next 10 years living in England, Austria and the Greek island of Crete. I moved back to Melbourne and then realised what a great city it is. I have spent ever since, telling the world about marvellous Melbourne.
My vision for KOZblog is a place to have my say.
Sometimes it will bring a subject to your attention while other times to simply voice my opinion.
KOZ (aka Mr Melbourne)