Richie Benaud’s Biggest Fans Will Honour His Memory With Massive Turnout

The Richies promise to pack out Sydney Cricket Ground next January.

Every year since 2010, the Sydney Cricket Ground has been filled with an ever-growing army of Richie Benaud impersonators, decked out in cream suits, grey wigs, and homemade Channel Nine microphones. They call themselves The Richies.

Every year since 2010, the Sydney Cricket Ground has been filled with an ever-growing army of Richie Benaud impersonators, decked out in cream suits, grey wigs, and homemade Channel Nine microphones. They call themselves The Richies.

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Today they paid tribute to their hero, who passed away in his sleep overnight at the age of 84.

Today they paid tribute to their hero, who passed away in his sleep overnight at the age of 84.

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The Richies started as a group of ten friends who started dressing up as the cricket and broadcasting legend on the second day of the Second Test match between Australia and Pakistan in 2010.

The Richies started as a group of ten friends who started dressing up as the cricket and broadcasting legend on the second day of the Second Test match between Australia and Pakistan in 2010.

“Like so many other people, we grew up watching cricket on TV,” says one of the founding Richies, Michael Hennessy.

“Five years ago, we heard he was retiring from commentating and we were absolutely devastated, so we got a few of us together to just say thanks for all the years.”

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But Benaud didn’t retire, and neither did they. At the last Test match in January, 300 people turned up dressed as Richie Benaud!

But Benaud didn't retire, and neither did they. At the last Test match in January, 300 people turned up dressed as Richie Benaud!

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