Bernard (Barney) Herbert (2012)

Joined Victoria Police in March 1909 and retired as an Inspector in 1949.

Barney played 192 senior games for the Richmond Football Club between 1909 and 1921, and was part of the club’s rise from newcomer to VFL power. He was a very big man for his time and became the backbone of Richmond in this era.   

Barney was the Tigers ‘Best and Fairest’ in 1918 and 1919, and his dominance in the ruck was credited with winning Richmond its first premiership in 1920.

About this time he became one of the originators of the well known “Eat em Alive Tigers” call which Richmond barrackers have used ever since.

After retiring from playing football, Barney coached Brunswick in the Victorian Football Association. He also served two terms as President of the Richmond Football Club.

Barney was commended on eight occasions during his police career, and in 1913 he was awarded the ‘Valour Badge’ for bravery during the arrest of an armed offender.


Barney was inducted into the Victoria Police Sporting Hall of Fame in 2012.