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was a period in American history during the Civil War that became known as the
Missouri Wars, when vengeance was something you carried to your rivals grave
and then went along just to take satisfaction from the burial.
reckon that great outlaw Josey Wales may have done what a man had to do a few
times in the Missouri Wars but little did he realise how long their influence
hundred and twenty years later a couple of VFL clubs known as Richmond and
Collingwood fought their own version of the Missouri Wars, raping and pillaging
at will without any thought of the end product.
this team compiled by Sam Maniatis shows, small outbreaks occurred in the 1970s
but it wasnt until the early 80s that fully fledged warfare broke out.
1982-83 the two clubs went hammer and tongs at each other, irrespective of the
instance Geoff Raines should be universally remembered as one of the games
greatest centremen instead of a bloke who played with four clubs.
had won three best and fairests in seven years with the Tigers, but the lure of
a big dollar took him to Victoria Park and although a good player he never again
reached the same heights.
Geelong runner Phillip Walsh played just one very good year with the Magpies
before being enticed away before he had established himself (remember Frank
there were the bit-part players in the warfare such as Wally Lovett and Noel
Lovell, two blokes who were caught up in the egos that ran the respective clubs
at the time.
were head days, if silly ones, as the end results proved.
Lovell (Coll 81-84 Rich 85-86)
McCormack (Coll 76-85 Rich 86)
Stewart (Coll 78-83 Rich 84-86)
Betts (Rich 74-75 Coll 77-79)
Peart (Coll 82 Rich 83-84, 86)
Lockman (83-86 Coll 86-87)
Walsh (Coll 83 Rich 84-86)
Raines (Rich 76-82 Coll 83-86)
Lovett (Coll 82 Rich 83-84)
Oborne (Coll 72-76, 78-79 Rich 79-81)
Edwards (Rich 75-79 Coll 79-83)
Brewer (Coll 79-81 Rich 82-83)
Heard (Coll 70-75 Rich 76-79)
Taylor (Rich 80-84 Coll 85-90)
Hummell (Rich 77-78 Coll 80)
David Cloke (Rich 74-82, 90-91 Coll 83-89)
Morris (Rich 71-76 Coll 78-81)
Annear (Coll 81-83 Rich 84-86)
Roach (Rich 78 Coll 79-80)
Barrot (Rich 73-74 Coll 75)
Hafey (Rich 66-76 Coll 77-82)