RTSSG Doug Strang
Doug Strang kicked 14 goals in a single game, which is the most goals kicked in a single game by a Tiger in our entire history. It happened coincidentally in Jack Dyer’s first game against Nth Melbourne back in 1931! Doug Strang is the brother of Gordon Strang and father of dual Richmond premiership player Geoff Strang and he played as a full forward in the VFL between 1931 and 1935 for us.
Strang was originally recruited from Jindera as part of a major country recruiting drive by the Tigers, who were eager to break a run of Grand Final losses to Collingwood dating back to 1927. In just his second VFL game, his 14 goals kicked against North Melbourne in 1931 still stands to this day as the record for the most goals kicked by a Richmond player in a single game, and as the youngest player to kick ten or more goals in a VFL game, at just 18 years and 300 days old.
In his first season Strang’s brilliant overhead marking, in spite of exceptionally wet weather for much of the winter, brought him sixty-eight goals with long drop kicks. In 1932, Strang struggled severely in another rainy winter, but from the time he kicked a goal after the bell to end an eleven match winning streak by Carlton, his brilliant marking asserted itself, most notably in a wonderful display on a dry ground in the second-semi-final.
1933 saw Strang begin to suffer from injuries later in the season. After he had seemingly returned to his best form with ten goals at Arden Street in the thirteenth round, Strang damaged a thigh when playing for the Tigers against the Ballarat League between the fifteenth and sixteenth rounds, and due to knee problems was not at his best when returning for the finals.
When the 1934 season opened it was thought Doug Strang would be fully fit, but after one impressive match in the second round against St. Kilda, it was soon discovered that the knee required an operation to repair a slipped disc, and Strang did not play again until the fourteenth round against Carlton. After that, however, the disc incapacitated him once more and he was a passenger on the forward flank by the seventeenth round.
These injuries meant Strang left Richmond during 1935, but he continued to play for Kyneton in 1936 before returning to Albury as a hotelier in 1937 after it was thought he would go back to Richmond. Strang continuing to kick many goals in the local leagues: in one game in 1939 he kicked 20, and he captain-coached Albury to two premierships in 1939 and 1940.
In addition to his footballing ability, Strang was an excellent bowler in country cricket for a number of years, in one innings for Kyneton he took six wickets for four runs each.
Strang did tragically at the age of just forty-one when he was hit by a car on Dean Street in Albury.
Strang was originally recruited from Jindera as part of a major country recruiting drive by the Tigers, who were eager to break a run of Grand Final losses to Collingwood dating back to 1927. In just his second VFL game, his 14 goals kicked against North Melbourne in 1931 still stands to this day as the record for the most goals kicked by a Richmond player in a single game, and as the youngest player to kick ten or more goals in a VFL game, at just 18 years and 300 days old.
In his first season Strang’s brilliant overhead marking, in spite of exceptionally wet weather for much of the winter, brought him sixty-eight goals with long drop kicks. In 1932, Strang struggled severely in another rainy winter, but from the time he kicked a goal after the bell to end an eleven match winning streak by Carlton, his brilliant marking asserted itself, most notably in a wonderful display on a dry ground in the second-semi-final.
1933 saw Strang begin to suffer from injuries later in the season. After he had seemingly returned to his best form with ten goals at Arden Street in the thirteenth round, Strang damaged a thigh when playing for the Tigers against the Ballarat League between the fifteenth and sixteenth rounds, and due to knee problems was not at his best when returning for the finals.
When the 1934 season opened it was thought Doug Strang would be fully fit, but after one impressive match in the second round against St. Kilda, it was soon discovered that the knee required an operation to repair a slipped disc, and Strang did not play again until the fourteenth round against Carlton.
After that, however, the disc incapacitated him once more and he was a passenger on the forward flank by the seventeenth round.
These injuries meant Strang left Richmond during 1935, but he continued to play for Kyneton in 1936 before returning to Albury as a hotelier in 1937 after it was thought he would go back to Richmond. Strang continuing to kick many goals in the local leagues: in one game in 1939 he kicked 20, and he captain-coached Albury to two premierships in 1939 and 1940.
In addition to his footballing ability, Strang was an excellent bowler in country cricket for a number of years, in one innings for Kyneton he took six wickets for four runs each.
Strang did tragically at the age of just forty-one when he was hit by a car on Dean Street in Albury.

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