All involved with the Melbourne Football Club and the Melbourne Football Club Past and Present Players’ and Officials’ Association were saddened to hear of the recent death of Dick Fenton-Smith.
From Ormond Amateurs, Fenton-Smith packed a great deal into three seasons – 1957 to 1959 – including two premierships, in 1957 and 1959. Wearing No. 1 throughout his career, Fenton-Smith ‘gained selection on the MFC final training list in 1957 at the age of 25, after several years of trying….’
Being used in a variety of positions, from ruck to defence, Fenton-Smith was hailed for his speed, coupled with ‘great mobility’. He played his 50th game in the 1959 premiership win, after which he retired, later going on to play with Sturt (SA).
Fenton-Smith holds another rare honour, having represented the VAFA in the 1956 Olympics demonstration game against a combined VFL/VFA team. The VAFA won by 26 points, with Fenton-Smith kicking four goals as joint leading goal kicker for the winners.
Following his playing career, Fenton-Smith also served on Melbourne’s committee, and in later years, was named as a ‘Hero’ of the club for its 150th celebrations in 2008.
All will long remember Dick Fenton-Smith’s contribution to the Melbourne Football Club and the wider game, and we offer our most sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Dick’s son, Richard, spoke to Association chaplain, Paul ‘The Rev’ Burnham, saying ‘It’s been a bit of a struggle at times – we’re all very tired, but working through it, and we’re very grateful to the Association and the club.’