Frank Hughes (footballer, born 1894)
|Full name||Francis Vane Hughes|
|Date of birth||26 February 1894|
|Place of birth||Myrtleford, Victoria|
|Date of death||23 January 1978(aged 83)|
|Place of death||East Melbourne, Victoria|
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1923.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1965.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Francis Vane Hughes (26 February 1894 – 23 January 1978), nicknamed Checker, was an Australian rules footballer and coach in the Victorian Football League (now the Australian Football League). He coached the Melbourne Football Club to premiership success, and was responsible for the club changing its nickname to the Demons.
A small and quick player with brilliant skills in stab passing and handball, Hughes played in two Richmond Football Club premiership sides.
- Richmond 1914-15; 1919-23 (87 games, 51 goals)
- Premierships 1920, 1921.
Hughes coached over an extended period with a great deal of success, securing 5 VFL premierships. When his friend and former Richmond Secretary Percy Page went to Melbourne Football Club Hughes followed him. He renamed the "Fuschias" to Demons, sacked 13 players and instilled discipline in the club.
- Ulverstone (Tasmania) 1924-1926
- Richmond 1927-1932 (120 games, 87 wins, 31 losses, 2 draws)
- Premiership 1932.
- Melbourne 1933-1941, 1945–1948, 1965 (254 games, 157 wins, 95 losses, 2 draws)
- Premierships 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948.
Hughes was inducted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996 with his citation reading:
- Took Richmond to premiership success in 1932 then went to Melbourne and landed another four flags. A tough and disciplined coach.
- Ross, John (1999). The Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. p. 79. ISBN 0-7322-6426-X.
- Hogan P: The Tigers Of Old, Richmond FC, Melbourne 1996
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