The Official Richmond Cheer Squad
group of people who follow the Richmond Football Club
. Every week
the Cheer Squad is located behind the goals at each football
ground, waving flags, patties, floggers and banners in support of
the Tigers. The Cheer Squad is also known as the Tiger
Richmond Cheer Squad was formed in 1959 by approximately twelve
people who would cheer the players on at Punt Road Oval.
At the conclusion of each quarter, they
would travel down to the other end to cheer the full forward.
The Richmond Cheer Squad did not become official until 1964 when a
committee was formed, a chairman was appointed and a constitution
was created. The Cheer Squad was now known as the 'Official
Richmond Cheer Squad' with the help of the Richmond Football Club.
A small section of seating was allocated at the Punt Road End of
the M.C.G for the Cheer Squad, other grounds around the Country
soon had recognised seating for members.
The Role of the Richmond Cheer Squad is to support the team at
every Richmond game possible, including Home and Away matches and
Pre-season matches. The Cheer Squad makes the players "run through"
for every week's game as the players take the field.The Members are
to wear Yellow and Black clothing and to participate in an array of
clapping and chanting. Flags, banners and patties are also used.
Noticeable banners, 'COP THAT!' and 'TIGER TUFF', are always
regulars to be seen.
Richmond Banner RD 8 2007.
Richmond Tigers Grog Squad
The Richmond Grog Squad are similar to the Cheer Squad, but are
permitted to drink as they are in the standing area behind the
Cheer Squad.The Grog Squad are at every game in Melbourne and
Punt Road End
The Punt Road End since 1969 has been adopted as the Tiger Armys
unofficial seating area. Taking up Half the Great Southern Stand and a
small portion of the Olympic Stand, the end is believed to be
Richmonds end, the Grog Squad and Cheer Squad choose this as
they're seating area because of its close proximity to Richmonds
Oval and Station.
The Punt Road End is a spiritual
area for any Richmond Supporter and continues to be recognised as
the Tiger Armys End.
After every win that the Richmond Football Club has the Grog Squad
will start a number of chants in an area known as "the Cage" in the
MCG's Southern Stand. Hundreds of Richmond supporters will stand
and chant along with the Tiger Armys chants. The Cage gets its name
from the appearance of the area, mainly consisting of metal bars
and stairs it looks much like a Den or Cage.
The Official Richmond Cheer Squad has always had a large membership
base, the biggest of all 16 clubs. The membership used to be around
the 1,800 mark but now days is usually around the 700-800 mark
because of new rules. The only way to be an official member, is to
be a member of the Richmond Football Club.
- First AFL Cheer Squad.
- First Cheer Squad to have an official website.
- Largest membership base of any Cheer Squad in the AFL.
- Largest player run through, measuring 14m high and 45m long for
Bartlett's 403rd and last game.