Rick Quade was inducted into the Swans Hall of Fame in 2011.
Best & Fairest 1976
When Rick Quade made his senior debut for South Melbourne in 1970, he began a long association with the Swans which would see him lead the Club into uncharted territory twelve years later. Recruited from Ariah Park in New South Wales, Rick severely injured a knee during his debut match. There were grave doubts about his capacity to sufficiently recover from reconstructive surgery ever to play senior football again. But return he did the following season, when he announced himself as one of the most impressive ruck-rovers in the competition. He went on to play 164 games and kick 111 goals in the red and white during his eleven year playing career. Best and Fairest in 1976, he captained the Swans from 1977 to 1979. It was during the tumultuous period leading into the 1982 season that he was appointed senior coach, and thus became the man who would oversee the move from South Melbourne to Sydney. He coached the Club until 1984, and later served as Chairman of Selectors and as a member of the Club’s Board of Directors.