Players Card Collection

Royce Hart
Card Collection
#14       1968   Scanlens
NNO    1968   Twisties
#35       1970   Kellogg's
#17       1971   Kellogg's
#5         1971   Mobil
NNO    1973   Kellogg's
#15       1973   Sunicrust
#72       1973a Scanlens
#72       1973b Scanlens
#55       1974   Scanlens
NNO    1974   Dinkum Pies
#83       1975   Scanlens
#15       1975   Tip Top
#67       1976   Scanlens
#116     1989   Stimorol
#107     1994   Dynamic
#433     1996 Select
#85       1996 Select - Hall Of Fame
#TC1    2002 Select - Tribute
#TC1    2002 Select - Tribute SPX
#TS1     2002 Select - Tribute SPX

When he was 22 he wrote a
book in which he named
himself  at centre half forward
in a "best-ever" team, which
earned him a pasting from the
media. By the time his career
finished few people would
quibble with the rating as he
was one of the games finest
ever centre half forwards.
Richmond brought him to
Melbourne in 1965 as a 17
year old, gangling tenderfoot
for the price of a new suit, six
shirts and  a pair of shoes plus
20 pounds spending money.
The club had heard that he had
done well for Clarence

 Playing Stats:
Position: Centre Half Forward

Playerd: 1967-77
Games: 187
Goals: 369
Captain: 1972-75
Coach: 1980-82

Player Honors:
Premierships: 1967, 1969, 1973-74
Best & Fairest: 1969, 1972
RFC Leading Goalkicker: 1967, 1971
All-Australian: 1969
Interstate Games: 11
AFL Team Of The Century
RFC Team Of the Century
AFL Hall Of Fame Member
RFC Life Member

under-19s  and as a rover in the states schoolboys team. An extensive gym
program and a gradual introduction through the under-19s and reserves
resulted in him being introdued to Leaguefootball in the opening round of
1967. He was thrust into the role of full-forward and starred. He was an
unanimous choice as recruit of  the year, played in the state side and kicked
7 goals against WA,played for the flag winning side and even represented
Australia in Gaelic football. It was a dream start, but the following years
were not a let down as he went from triumph to triumph. He had lightning
recovery, a graet spring, vice-like hands and was a penetrating left
foot kick. His balance was also supurb, but his greatest asset was
total and unwavering concentration. He would scramble after the
ball in a pack until he secured it regardless of the danger. Hart's
ability to kick the team lifting or match winning goal, usually after a
soaring mark, was the true hallmark of a champion. In 1969 he was
paid $2000 to play for Glenelg in a grand final while he was in SA
on a national service. It was a far cry from the 20 pounds for crossing
to the Tigers, but unfortunately he was knocked out in the first five
minutes. He was an inspiting player in the 1967, 1969, 1973 and
1974 premierships, captaining the last two successes. In his last
couple of years the strain on his knees led to three operations, but he
was still a devasting  and feared player. He stood aside as Richmond
captain at the end of the 1975 season after four seasons. He
captained  Victoria and played for the state 11 times. Oddly enough
he played for most of his career without contact lenses despite poor
eyesight. "It didn't affect my marking, I just couldn't read the
scoreboard", he said. He coached Footsray from 1980 to early 1982.
J. Main, R. Holmesby,
The Encyclopidia of League Footballers Every AFL/VFL Player Since 1897

(Wilkinson Books 1992)