Richard Cousins (footballer)

Richard Cousins (born 13 July 1962) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Footscray in the Victorian/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL).[1]

Richard Cousins
Personal information
Full name Richard Cousins
Date of birth (1962-07-13) 13 July 1962
Original team(s) Central District (SANFL)
Draft No. 9, 1982 interstate draft
Height 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1987–1991 Footscray 60 (21)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1991.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Cousins started his career at Central District and won their best and fairest award in 1986.[2] At the end of the year, in the 1986 National Draft, Cousins was selected at pick six by VFL club Footscray and made the move to Victoria.[3] He made 20 appearances in 1987, his first season, mostly as a centre half-forward.[4][5] In 1988, with Andrew Purser no longer at the club having returned to Western Australia, Cousins was Footscray's first ruckman and he had the best season of his career, with eight Brownlow Medal votes.[4] He took 109 marks that year, second only at Footscray to Peter Foster.[4] In 1989 he played another 17 games, then didn't feature at all in the 1990 season, which was followed by a three games season in 1991.[4]

Richard now enjoys playing golf, having a corona and spending a night in with his lovely dog Kaos.


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785.
  2. "Honors". Central District Football Club.
  3. Lovett, Michael (2004). AFL 2004 - The Official Statistical History Of The AFL. AFL Publishing. ISBN 0-9580300-5-7.
  4. AFL Tables: Richard Cousins
  5. The Age,"Cousins gets out of his seat and on to the stage", 6 April 1988, p. 32
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