Forgotten Footy Folklore
In the good old days we used to have a thread for the types of stories that tend to get glossed over and/or forgotten.
The Dean Solomon to Richmond thread is one of those. However, this thread is designed to remember and then discuss the types of stories like that, and hopefully remember them.
1981 preseason. Kevin Sheedy had just been appointed as coach.
My dad worked at the club part time, and Sheedy introduced Robbie Muir to him.
Dad says he must have had a strange look on his face because Sheedy said to him "Robbie's having a look around the place, might bring some strength".
Robbie Muir had left footy in the middle of 1980, and was basically remembered as a nutcase who belted people, in particular Dennis Collins* of Carlton.
He and Sheedy grabbed a footy and they went out onto Windy Hill and were having a chat, with Muir bouncing a footy all the while.
Brian Donohue (Chairman of Selectors) came down to the rooms and asked Dad "Who's that with Sheedy?"
"I thought so" Donohue shook his head in disbelief and went back upstairs.
For weeks I told kids at school, "just you wait, Robbie Muir is playing for the Bombers next year."
It wasn't until a few years later I found out it didn't last much longer than than afternoon.
There have been differing reports on how exactly this was handled.
The official version is now that Greg Sewell (club president) took Sheedy to lunch and politely explained that Muir didn't fit the culture we were trying to build and that we didn't need him, plus, he was more than likely not going to play much because he was suspended so often.
But my preferred account is from one of the trainers who was in the Social Club that night.
He recalls Sheedy bringing Muir upstairs to the Social Club to complete the tour of the facilities.
Donohue is alleged to have told Sheedy "get this farking idiot out of our farking football club, and make sure you get the farking footy back off him when he leaves. He's not playing for us, and if you fight me on this, you can fark off with him."
Robbie Muir didn't get picked up in 1981, he went to SANFL and then country football where he dominated, but got suspended a lot too. He played again for StKilda in 1984 but by then he was basically finished, and only played 2 games. He went back to the SANFL in 1985 where he finished up getting reported (and suspended), then knocked out one of his own team mates who came in, and a trainer from his club before whacking an opposition supporter on the way off.
Whichever version is more accurate, or perhaps like a lot of things, somewhere in the middle lies the truth, the fact remains we were seriously looking at one of football's biggest nutcases to be one of our own. And it would have been interesting
Still, it would have been interesting to see how he went against Hawthorn in some of those games where it got willing.
* Interesting Dennis Collins fact. His dad Jack played in our 1950 premiership side. His last three games were all against North Melbourne. Round 17, then injured for R18, Semi Final, Grand Final.