Fitzroy Captain 1991
Fitzroy leading goal-kicker 1986-89, 1992
Fitzroy Team of the Century
Lions Life Member
Victorian State Representative (8 times)

Richard Osborne is one of a handful of people who played for four different AFL clubs, but first and foremost he is a Lions man. From an 18-year-old debutant in 1982 to a now 54-year-old, he has long warmed the hearts of Lions fans.

He was an electrifying player, with blistering pace, a beautiful long kick and a strong pair of hands. And he had a certain X-Factor via which he could tear any side apart on his day. Like against Melbourne in 1989 when he kicked 11 goals, third-most in a game by a Fitzroy player behind only Bob Merrick in 1919 and Jack Moriarty in 1928.

Wearing his trademark #44 jumper, which only two players in AFL history have worn more often, he played 187 games for Fitzroy from 1982-92 and kicked 411 goals before stints with Sydney, Footscray and Collingwood took his 17-year career figures to 283 games and 574 goals.

Once an NFL triallist and famously taken from the SCG in an ambulance after a bad injury in 1993, he was originally from Bulleen-Templestowe and debuted with the Lions in the same season as Paul Roos and Gary Pert.

Fitzroy captain in 1991, runner-up best & fairest in 1984, he was five times the club’s leading goal-kicker, with more than 50 goals each time, was a six times a finals player, seven times a Victorian State representative, and despite six years in other colors he is ranked 16th on the Fitzroy games list and 6th on the goals list.

In 2001 he was named in the Fitzroy Team of the Century, and now, in further recognition of one of the great Lions careers, he is a member of the Brisbane Lions Hall of Fame … RICHARD OSBORNE.