About the project

Michael Bowden, OAM, was a unique man who lived a full Australian life; physically strong and intellectually determined, he was defined not by strength but by decency.

Michael Bowden's philosophy of continual growth carried through every stage of his acclaimed life - from his premiership victory in the 1969 VFL Grand Final with Richmond Tigers to the Australia Day honour he received in 2020 for his work supporting remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

Since his passing in April 2020 to motor neurone disease a groundswell of support from within the Northern Territory community and wider Australian sporting community has grown for Michael's legacy to be honoured.

In consultation with O'Loughlin Catholic College contributions to the ASF Fundraising Campaign are being sort to renovate the O'Loughlin College's Football Oval and establish the Michael Bowden Oval.

The Michael Bowden Oval fundraising campaign is a noble cause, not only to mark the late Michael Bowden’s selfless life but also to ensure his legacy lives on. Generations of future students who use the Michael Bowden Oval will be sharing in the spirit of this great Territorian.

Your donation will ensure that the oval can be renovated to create a vital resource that will support the local Darwin community and serve the Aboriginal communities to create and deliver programs and to promote social inclusion using sport, particularly AFL as the platform.

  • Russell Jones

    Congratulations on your efforts towards this important cause, improving education of indigenous children, and giving recognition to a truly great man.

  • Steven McCooke

    Best of the luck with this worthy project Bowden boys and supporters

  • Mark Hatwell

    In recognition of the Bowden family's service to the Richmond Football Club and their community.

  • Bill and Clare Rhoden

    Great memories of Rhett & Kane at the MCC Empathy with the Bowden family as MND took Clare's dad too early

  • Bob Lloyd

    Hi Rhett, Kane and Joel and your other siblings who I don't know, Good luck with this. Hope you get it done. Cheers Bob

  • John and Jill Graham

    A fantastic cause, best wishes to Kane and the other Bowden boys. Well done guys, keep up the good work.

  • Michael Scalzo

    Words could never describe how much the Bowden family mean to me and my family. Michael and Tina Scalzo

  • Fr Brian Glasheen

    In memory of Mick a great bloke.

  • Bruce Smith

    A great tribute to a very fine man. As my coach at CFC he left an indelible impression upon me for which I’m very grateful. Bruce Smith

  • Peter Kemp

    Our Club,it's Past Players,Officials and supporters fondly remember our 1975/76 Captain Coach Mike and his family and will always be grateful for his contribution to our rise up the ladder.

  • John Gosling

    So pleased to be able to participate. Gosling Family in Melbourne.

  • Bernie Bicknell

    Great cause for a great man

  • Ian Bowden


  • RayGreatb Wilson

    Great initiative for a great man, the glue of a favourite family

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