Few people rise to the top of their field, retire and then rise to the top in another.
Lou Richards is one such man. From humble working class Collingwood in the Depression years, he became a VFL superstar, leading his beloved Magpies to premiership honours. Buoyed by that success he turned his hand to the media, and over half a century has become an Australian sporting institution.
Respected by players and loved by fans, Lou Richards' legacy will never be forgotten and this compelling memoir follows his rise to glory. First published in 1989, it has been brought up to date with the inclusion of a foreword by Eddie McGuire and a new section looking back over the subsequent achievements and recent career highlights, including his induction into the inaugural Australia Football Hall of Fame.
In celebration of Australian Football legend Lou Richards' immense contribution to the game, and continued services to the sport through his successful media career, the Slattery Media Group is thrilled to publish an updated edition of Lou's memoirs, first released in 1989. With a foreword by Eddie McGuire and a new section looking at the star's major achievements, and 16-pages of photography, My Wonderful Life is a stunning testimony to one of the game's true greats.
It all started in 1940, when Lou's uncle Alby Pannam introduced him to Collingwood. After a best on ground performance in the Reserves Grand Final that year, senior coach Jock McHale approached Lou to congratulate him: "Well played today, son. You'll be a Collingwood player." Over his 15-year, 250-game career the courageous rover captained the club for four years, kicked 452 goals and was twice the runner-up in the Copeland Trophy, he also represented Victoria in 1947 and 1948. It was as a captain that Lou made his greatest impact on the club, especially in 1953 when he lead his team to the Premiership.
Respected by players and loved by fans, Lou Richards' legacy will never be forgotten-follow his rise to glory with this compelling memoir.