Lewis “Lou“ Richards played 250 games for the Collingwood Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) between 1941 and 1955 and was the most widely known and most loved footballer that Collingwood has ever produced. After his retirement, Lou Richards became a successful and popular media identity, renowned for his wit, passion, and, most particularly, his ‘kiss of death’ tipping.
Lou Richards was well respected by being a tough and courageous footballer while his cheeky demeanour made him Public Enemy Number One as far as most opposition teams, and their supporters were concerned.
Appointed Collingwood captain in 1952, he led the side to a Grand Final win over Geelong the following year, and carried on as skipper until he finished as a player. Always a danger near goals, he topped the Magpies’ goal kicking list on three occasions, but perhaps surprisingly never won a club best and fairest award.
Richards 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 Richards was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame and in 2004, he was named as the captain of the Greek Team of the Century, due to his Greek heritage. He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2008.
After he died, aged ninety-four, on 8th May 2017 he was granted a state funeral by the Victorian Government.
1941 – 1955 Collingwood
- Collingwood premiership captain 1953
- Collingwood leading goalkicker 1944, 1948, 1950
- Collingwood captain 1952–1955