Charlie Ricketts

Charles Henry Thomas "Charlie" Ricketts (3 July 1885 – 7 March 1960)[1] was an Australian rules footballer and coach in the Victorian Football League.

Charlie Ricketts
Personal information
Full name Charles Henry Thomas Ricketts
Date of birth (1885-07-03)3 July 1885
Place of birth Geelong, Victoria
Date of death 7 March 1960(1960-03-07) (aged 74)
Place of death Middle Park, Victoria
Original team(s) Richmond (VFA)
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1906–1912 South Melbourne 082 (47)
1913–1914 Richmond 016 (11)
1921 St Kilda 005 0(1)
Total 103 (59)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1909 South Melbourne 021 0(16–5–0)
1912 South Melbourne 020 0(14–6–0)
1914–1916 Richmond 047 (18–29–0)
1920–1921 St Kilda 027 0(5–21–1)
Total 115 (53–61–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1921.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1921.
Career highlights



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Ricketts was a champion rover for the Richmond Football Club in the Victorian Football Association from 1903 to 1905. Winning the club's 1904 best and fairest award, he represented the VFA twice in 1905 and kicked two goals in the Richmond premiership side.

The next season, he crossed to the South Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League. He was considered a highly skilled player noted for his accuracy, particularly with his stab-kick passes. By 1908 he had earned a reputation as one of the premier players in the VFL and the following season he led South Melbourne to their first League premiership as captain-coach. Despite this success he was replaced as captain-coach for 1910 by William Thomas, but he regained his position for 1912, leading South Melbourne to a (losing) VFL Grand Final. For 1913 he was again denied the opportunity to captain the side by the disapproving South committee (despite winning the vote).

Ricketts moved back to Richmond, who were now in the VFL, for the 1913 and 1914 seasons before taking the reins as a non-playing coach for 1915 and 1916. After a hiatus from the VFL due to World War I, Ricketts coached St Kilda for the 1920 season and was playing coach in 1921. Following this, he retired from VFL football.


  1. "Charlie Ricketts - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
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