FOR RICHMOND to win Friday night's preliminary final against Geelong, it will have to equal a club achievement set in its premiership year of 1980.
And if the Tigers win the flag, they'll accomplish something no side from Punt Road has done since Jack Dyer was in just his third year at Richmond in 1933.
After slumping to ninth position on the ladder with a percentage of just 92 after round 14, Richmond has reeled off 10 straight wins on the back of players returning from injury and strong form.
Richmond's season got off to a shaky start when Alex Rance ruptured his ACL in round one. Picture: AFL Photos
It's the club's equal-third best winning streak, with only two sides recording a greater number of consecutive wins in Richmond's history.
In a good omen for the current batch of Tigers, both were premiership teams.
An unstoppable Kevin Bartlett snagged seven in the 1980 GF. Picture: AFL Photos
The 1980 side won 11 games between round 4 and round 14, with the first and last wins coming against Collingwood (coincidentally, the team the Tigers thrashed in the Grand Final later that year).
Richmond's greatest winning streak of 12 kicked off in round 11, 1932, and finished in round two of the following year, and included the '32 flag win over Carlton.
Number of consecutive Tiger wins
Rounds and Years
Round 11, 1932 – Round 2, 1933
Round 4, 1980 – Round 14, 1980
Round 15, 2019 – Qualifying final, 2019*
Round 13, 1934 – Round 2, 1935
Round 13, 1967 – Round 2, 1968
Round 14, 1972 – Qualifying final, 1972