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R Letcher

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R Letcher*

1895-1896

10 CFC Games Played

1 CFC Goals

Recruited From
Clarence (junior team)
Collingwood Debut
Round 7, 1895

Biography

Players almost always hope for – and most often receive – a bit of leeway from the critics in their early games. But in the case of R Letcher, he wasn’t so fortunate.

A product of the local junior club Clarence, Letcher made his debut for Collingwood in 1895. After a game against Footscray that year, the Australasian newspaper quoted a view from ‘inside Collingwood’ that said at least one of the new men who had been playing that day “had proved a very decided failure.” Given that Letcher was the only one of the team’s ‘new men’ to be dropped the following week, it seems reasonable to surmise it was him.

Still, 1895 hadn’t been a complete disaster for him. The Argus had said he “shaped very well in close play” after an earlier game, and he did manage seven games in that debut season, playing mostly forward or in the ruck. He returned for three more games in 1896, after one of which the Australasian said: “Letcher was the most deserving, and indeed he played so well that to an outsider it seemed strange he had not been regularly included in the team.” He kicked his only goal for the club that day too. But he would play only two more senior games for the Magpies, disappearing from the footballing radar before being cleared to Richmond City in 1900.

Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
0 0 0 %

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC VFA Debut Number

V91

VFA Matches Played at Collingwood
10
CFC Debut
Round 7, 1895
Recruited From
Clarence (junior team)
Full Name
Letcher

* Player statistics include VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.

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