In 1982 Gary Groenwald captured the first V.S.F. player honour for the club when he took out the Division One Best and Fairest Player Award. The following season Dragan Vasic took out the Top Goalscorer title for Division One.
When the club was relegated after finishing 13th in 1986, the club’s focus had momentarily switched away from matters on the park. Tom Waldebauer and Willi Gaab had approached the Richmond City Council about securing a new ground, after thirty years at Burnley Oval. The Council had the responsibility for Crown Land near the Burnley Sidings transferred to it’s control from the Commonwealth. The club, with assistance of a loan obtained by the Tivoli Club, took the responsibility of building it’s own clubrooms. Finishing 12th in Division Two in 1987, and 8th the following year, the club held its spot in the league. In 1988, Richmond City Council Commissioner Mr. Alex Gillon and Alemannia President Tom Waldebauer opened the new clubrooms at Kevin Bartett Reserve. The rooms had been built by the voluntary work of the committeemen, club members and players.