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It'll be a Royal start to the season.

The Brownlow Medal, first awarded in 1924, is the most prestigious award and is given to the best and fairest' player in each season of Australian Rules Football. Richmond Football Club had won it's seventh VFL (now AFL) Grand Final Premiership against Carlton on 27th September, 1969 before a crowd of 119,165 spectators. The opening round for 1970 was arranged to coincide with a Royal Visit by Queen Elizabeth and that she would unfurl the Premiership Flag the following April 5. 1970. By special arrangement it was also the first game of Sunday Football ever allowed.

Sadly for Richmond their opponents Fitzroy were the victors of the game.