Between its inception in Richmond, Melbourne in 1885 and 1907, the club competed in the VFA, winning two premierships.
Richmond joined the VFL in 1908 and has since won twelve premierships, most recently in 2019.
20 Feb 1885
The Richmond Football Club was formed at a meeting at the Royal Hotel in Richmond in 1885.
The club shared Punt Road Oval with the Richmond Cricket Club, one of the strongest cricket clubs in Australia which had been playing on the ground since 1856.
During the late 1880s, Richmond struggled to make an impression in the VFA, and after a promising season in 1888 (when they finished fifth with eleven wins), the club slipped backwards, in the process losing players to more successful sides.
As the local economy slipped into severe depression in the early 1890s and the crowds began to dwindle, some of the VFA's strongest clubs began to agitate for a reform of the competition.
Richmond was not considered part of this elite group, which usually voted as a bloc at VFA meetings.
In 1896, Richmond walked off the field in a match against South Melbourne to protest the umpiring, and later in the season, the Tigers had their half-time score annulled against Essendon when it was discovered that they had too many men on the ground.
In the closing three weeks of the season, Richmond's cut of the gate takings amounted to just five pounds, and they finished the season with the wooden spoon.
Initially, Richmond saw itself as a gentlemanly and sportsman-like club; it even went to the extent of sacking a player who used poor language.
Oh, we're from Tigerland
A fighting fury,
We're from Tigerland
In any weather,
You will see us with a grin
Risking head and shin
If we're behind, then never mind
We'll fight and fight and win
For we're from Tigerland
We never weaken
'Till the final siren's gone
Like the tiger of old
We're strong and we're bold
For we're from Tiger
– Yellow and Black –
We're from Tigerland!
From a tune called
Row Row Row
from the 1912 show
The Ziegfeld Follies
The Tigers headquarters and training facilities are located at its original home ground, the Punt Road Oval, adjacent to the MCG.
Home games are at the MCG.
During the early 1900s, the club used the press as a forum to publicise a campaign against violence in the game, which earned the derision of some rival clubs. This image followed the club into the VFL in 1908 and during the First World War the club emphasised the number of men associated with the club who had enlisted and served overseas.
But the club's actions in 1916, when it voted with three other clubs seen as representative of the working class (Collingwood, Fitzroy and Carlton) to continue playing football, left no doubt as to which side of the class divide that the Tigers belonged.
The club's self-consciously non-confrontational image can be partly attributed to two of long serving presidents—George Bennett (1887–1908) and Frank Tudor (1909–1918). Both were Richmond men and respected parliamentarians who took the view that how the game was played was more important than whether the game was won.