Neville Crowe, Australian rules footballer, Died at 79

Neville Crowe was born on June 1, 1937, and died on September 2, 2016.

He was an Australian rules footballer.

Crowe represented Richmond in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1950s and 1960s.

Neville also served as club president from 1987 to 1993 and was at the forefront of the Save Our Skins campaign in 1990, which saved the club from financial ruin.

During the 1967 Second Semi-final, he was reported for allegedly striking Carlton ruckman John Nicholls, and suspended.

Subsequently, he missed Richmond’s drought-breaking premiership victory in the 1967 VFL Grand Final, and announced his retirement shortly afterward.

His “phantom punch” is regarded as one of the most unlucky moments in VFL/AFL history.

He retired at the end of 2008 from working at the club, finally ending his involvement that had extended to over 50 years.

During September 2012, it was reported that Crowe had been out riding his bicycle when he suddenly lost control and careered into the Yarra River.

Neville Crowe passed away at 79 year old.