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Gates commemorate Victor Richardson who was outstanding in the field of sport. The Victor Richardson gates consist of five gates. Each of the gate 'handles', except the central ones, consists of a rectangular metal background on which are relief figures of footballers and cricketers. The central gates contain a plaque where the two handles identify Victor Richardson's contribution to cricket, football, baseball and lacrosse. The gates are being relocated as part of the Adelaide Stadium process. The Victor Richardson gates are to be preserved and given prominence with a new eastern stand or possibly as an archway for patrons approaching the ground.
Richardson always lived in the Unley district, and was identified with Sturt teams. His early versatility lingered; he played State baseball and district lacrosse in 1921, and also tennis and golf; but cricket and football were dominant.
A right-hand batsman, he entered State cricket in 1919 and toured New Zealand in an Australian second team in 1921; selected in the 1924-25 Tests against England, he made a fine 138 in Melbourne. He was captain of South Australia from 1921, and of an Australian team in New Zealand in 1928, Test vice-captain against England in 1930 and 1932-33, and Australian captain in South Africa in 1935-36. He also led a North American tour in 1932. His last match for South Australia was in 1937; for Sturt, in 1941.
In his league football career (1915-27), Richardson played in premiership teams and was Sturt and South Australian (1923-24) captain. Usually at centre or centre half-back, he was a clever player and a fine kick and high mark. He was runner-up for the State`s premier award, the Magarey medal, and was later involved in football administration. His all-round sporting prowess, confirmed by an American Helms Athletic Foundation award, made him something of an idol.
|Address:||Victor Richardson Road, Adelaide Stadium, North Adelaide, 5006|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.915385|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1894|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1969|
These gates were erected to honour Victor York Richardson 1894 - 1969 for outstanding services to South Australia in the field of sport
CAPTAIN OF AUSTRALIA
NEW ZEALAND 1928
SOUTH AFRICA 1935-36
VICE CAPTAIN OF AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIA 1932 -33
CAPTAIN OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1921 -1935
CAPTAIN OF STURT CLUB 1921 -1941
PLAYED FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1921
CAPTAIN OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1922 -1923
CAPTAIN OF STURT CLUB 1920 AND 1922 -1924
PLAYED FOR STURT CLUB 1915 -1927
PLAYED THREE STURT CLUB PREMIERSHIPS 1915 -1919-1926
PLAYED FOR STURT CLUB 1921
HONOURED WITH AMERICAN HELMS AWARD IN 1925 FOR BEST AUSTRALIAN ATHLETE
Presented by his many admirers together with
Adelaide City Council,
S. A. Cricket Association Inc.,
S. A. National Football League Inc.,
Sturt Sports Clubs Inc.