AFL powerhouse Richmond have ticked off another major milestone by passing 100,000 members.After singing onstage with The Killers after the 2017 grand final, announcing Richmond had become the first sporting club in Australia to reach 100,000 members was nothing for Jack Riewoldt.
The star forward delivered news of the historic milestone to the rest of the excited Tigers playing group on Tuesday, with the club confirming their membership is at 100,063.
Richmond smashed their previous record of 75,777 in February, more than a month before round one, following their first premiership in 37 years.
Collingwood set the AFL record in 2014 by reaching 80,793, but the Magpies haven’t released their figure this year and a number isn’t visible on thier website.
The Tigers targeted 90,000 members heading into their flag defence, but shot past that figure in April.
“I am truly blown away by the milestone, to reach 100,000 members is incredible, the Tiger Army continues to amaze us,” Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale said.
“As a club, we will continue to find new ways to engage and invest in our members, because without them, we couldn’t continue to thrive and win both on and off the field.”
Adelaide have the second biggest membership base in the AFL after announcing in April they had 82,699.
Hawthorn passed 80,000 members on Monday for the first time, while Essendon’s tally stands at 78,562.
Richmond’s figure monsters the top clubs in the NRL, with the Brisbane Broncos leading the charge there with 35,527 members followed by South Sydney (29,056).
The A-League’s leading club last season was Melbourne Victory as the champions notched up 26,095 members.
Australian Associated Press