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Percy Page

Image DOB: Unknown
Died: 1986

Honours:
Life Member
MFC Hall of Fame - 2006

Page never played senior football, appearing for a Canterbury junior side and for the Post Office team before World War I intervened and he served until 1918 - only playing in service games in France.

He gained a reputation as a good player in these games, and was recruited by Richmond after the war. His form didn't warrant a game in the senior side but became a regular with the Seconds and was persuaded to become secretary of the lower grade in 1922.

In 1924, amidst a political fight at Punt Road, Page was chosen to run as a reform group's nominee for secretary and he won. He remained in the role until the end of the 1931 season when he resigned.

He was already a life member of the VFL, and after a year out of the game he was lured to Melbourne. He joined on the promise that he would be able to handpick his own successor to the recently retired Ivor Warne-Smith, and this allowed him to lure his fellow Tiger Checker Hughes to Melbourne as coach.

The recruitment of Hughes would usher in a glory era the likes of which few clubs have ever enjoyed and despite working long hours in his own printing business, Page and Hughes joined together to mastermind the premiership hat-trick.

Page resigned after the club won their third straight premiership in 1941, ironically at the same time as Checker Hughes, to take up a position with the Australian National Football Council but also to serve as a member of the RAAF.

In 1931 Page had helped introduce the Page-McIntyre Final Four system which would serve the VFL until it adopted a final five system in 1972.

He joined the RAAF in 1942 and served the air force in an administrative capacity.

Notes
Some sources suggested he was only at Richmond for five years, leaving at the end of 1931

Media
Referee - 16/11/1932
Examiner - 20/12/1932
Table Talk - 27/04/1933
The Argus - 17/02/1942
The Age - 23/02/1942
Sporting Globe - 28/02/1942

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