Fred Hughson

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Fred Hughson
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Personal information
Full name Fred Hughson
Date of birth (1914-05-22)22 May 1914
Date of death 23 October 1987(1987-10-23) (aged 73)
Original team(s) Preston (VFA)
Height / weight 183cm / 85kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1938–1947 Fitzroy 164 (95)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Victoria
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1943–1947 Fitzroy 96 (60–34–2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1947.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1947.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Fred Hughson (22 May 1914 – 23 October 1987)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for, captained, and later coached Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He was the last person to lead Fitzroy to the premiership before their merger with the Brisbane Bears, doing so in 1944 as both captain and coach.

He coached Fitzroy for 96 games between 1943 until his retirement in 1947, only two players coached the side more and his 103 games as captain was bettered by only three.

Hughson played as a fullback and was named in that position in Fitzroy's Team of the Century.[2] However, he did play up forward in his debut season in 1938, kicking 62 goals in 15 games topping the club's goalkicking charts. A long kicker of the ball, Hughson established the official and recognised world record for a drop kick at 83 yards 11 inches - at the halftime interval of a VFL game against South Melbourne at the Brunswick Street Oval.[3]

He finished third in the 1941 Brownlow Medal and sixth in 1947; but the highlight of his career was undoutebly winning the 1944 Grand Final by 15 points over Richmond, as Captain-Coach.

After leaving Fitzroy he went on to play and coach South Warrnambool.

Career highlights[edit]

Playing career:

  • Fitzroy 1938 - 1947 (Games 164; Goals 95; Brownlow votes 50)[4]

Player honors:

  • 3rd in Brownlow Medal: 1941.[5]
  • Fitzroy Best & Fairest: 1943.[6]
  • Fitzroy leading goalkicker: 1938.[6]
  • Fitzroy captain: 1943 to 1947.[6]
  • Fitzroy Team of the Century.[7]
  • Victorian representative:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donald, Chris (2002). Fitzroy: For The Love Of The Jumper. Pan Macmillan Australia. ISBN 978-1-877029-18-9. 
  2. ^ Footy Stamps (2006). Fitzroy Team of the Century. Retrieved on 6 May 2008.
  3. ^ Brisbane Lions (2008). Fitzroy History: 1924-1964: An Era of Legends. Retrieved on 6 May 2008.
  4. ^ AFL Stats (2008). AFL PLayers: Fred Hughson. Retrieved on 6 May 2008.
  5. ^ AFL Stats (2008). 1941 Brownlow Medal. Retrieved on 6 May 2008.
  6. ^ a b c Brisbane Lions (2008). Fitzroy Football Club Honour Board 1897 - 1996. Retrieved on 5 May 2008.
  7. ^ Footy Stamps (2006). Fitzroy Team of the Century. Retrieved on 5 May 2008.

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