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King Richard


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Foreward; Prologue; "Horrie Clover Mad"; The Victorian School Boy; "The Signing of the Decade; Immediate Impact; "A Dark Horse"; Utility Man; Loyalty; The Fairest and the Best; One of a kind; The 'Black Panther'; A New Leader; Loss and Heartbreak;The Evans Connection; At Last!; "Stop Reynolds and You'll Win"; Family First; The Lodge; Traffic Cop; One That Got Away; 7.27; Winning the Lottery; Written Off; 100 Reasons to Celebrate; "The King of Football"; One Last Time; Transition; Lost Ticket; The Rumour; Gliding; 'Count Richard'; Guineas To Gooseberries; Dethroned; Torrens; Running Out of Luck; Goldern Years; Legendary Recognition; In Grandad's Boots; Long Live the King

About the Author

An Essendon supporter, Dan Eddy wrote his first book in 2014, King Richard: the Story of Dick Reynolds, Essendon Legend, which was the first biography on the football legend rated Essendons greatest player. He co-authored Champions: Conversations with Great Players and Coaches of Australian Football (Slattery Media Group 2016), authored Skills of Australian Football (Slattery Media Group 2016), and worked with Gold Medal-winning aerial skier, Lydia Lassila, updating her biography The Will To Fly (Slattery Media Group 2016).


Dick Reynolds was regarded by many as Australian Rules football's greatest player. However, unlike other well-known contemporaries he has never had his story published in this much detail. Through his on-field deeds during the 1930s and 1940s, Reynolds transformed the once struggling Essendon Football Club into a powerhouse within the Victorian Football League. His meteoric rise saw him claim a record three Brownlow Medals. Reynolds was labelled an inspiration when he led Essendon to the 1942 premiership, where his best-on-ground display brought an end to an 18-year premiership drought for the club. Reynolds then led Essendon through one of the finest eras of any side in the history of the VFL/AFL, with the Bombers playing in every Grand Final between 1946 and 1951. Despite his remarkable success, Reynolds' inability to claim a premiership as a non-playing coach saw many question his capacity to inspire a team in the same manner he had as a player. However, when he was controversially sacked in 1960, Reynolds had the greatest winning percentage of any coach in the history of the VFL. -- Eddy, Dan

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