Victorian Football Association
DOD: June 02 1886
Career: 1878-79 1881-82 1886
With four players having the surname Rickards it is very difficult to ascertain which Rickards is which, James, John, Joseph, or T.
Team lists usually just list the player's surnames.
Most reports only give the last name, with some reports saying the elder or the younger, a few match summaries give the first names.
Brother of James Rickards and Joe Rickards
Relation of T. Rickards ?
1876 J. Rickards vice captain of Carlton Imperials, John or James?
1877 October 13
At the Carlton Sports Day, a John Rickards of the Albert Park Football Club took part on the Senior Drop Kick Competition.
1878 A young and promising forward, a straight and sure drop kick and marks splendidly. Second for the First Twenty drop kick with 56 yards.(51.2 meters)
(The Footballer. 1878. p31)
John Rickards scored 10 goals during season 1878.
(The Footballer, p75 1878)
Rickards played in the Carlton-Waratah game at the M.C.G. 30 June 1878.
1879 Like his brother - is a fine kick, and promises to become with a few season's "coaching" an excellent forward.
(The Footballer 1879 p29)
1881 After passing a critical illness has again donned the 'serge', is a magnificent drop kick, and as a centre forward possesses few equals; much improved with his speed.
(The Footballer 1881 p23)
1881 John received an illuminated address as the best overall competitor at the 9th Annual Carlton Sports Day held on Princes Oval.
Was a member of the Carlton touring side to Adelaide in 1881.
(The Carlton Story, H.Buggy and H.Bell p 50)
1883 June 02
Carlton played Melbourne on the M.C.G.
John Rickards playing for Melbourne scored 2 goals for the Reds.
1885 John Rickards was umpiring V.F.A. games this season.
John Rickards was the central umpire in the Williamstown vs Melbourne match at Williamstown, September 12 1885.
1885 John Rickards umpired a mid week game on Wednesday 29 July between Caulfield Stables and Flemington Stables on the East Melbourne ground.
The next day he played for, and scored a goal for the Wanderers in their victory against University on the University ground.
1886 June 02 Wednesday
John Rickards died at his home at 245 Lygon Street he was aged 26 years.
(See 1886 June 05)