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Key Facts

Full name
Frederic Lionel Hughson

Known as
Fred Hughson

22 May 1914

Place of birth
Collingwood, VIC (3066)

23 October 1987 (aged 73)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 357d
Last game: 33y 121d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 6

State of origin

Family links
Les Hughson Snr (Brother)Mick Hughson (Brother)Denis Hughson (Son)Les Hughson Jnr (Nephew)

Fred Hughson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 4,595th player to appear, 1,066th most games played, 1,130th most goals kickedFitzroy: 533rd player to appear, 24th most games played, 47th most goals kicked

Undoubtedly one of the greatest names in the history of the Fitzroy Football Club Fred Hughson was also possibly the last player from the club to achieve virtually everything possible in the game. His 1938 to 1947 VFL career saw him play 164 games and kick 95 goals with the undoubted highlight coming in 1944 when he captain-coached the 'Roys to the last senior grade flag ever. Opposed by Richmond, the expectation was that Fitzroy would not be able to cope with the Tigers' ruthless aggressiveness but they rose to the occasion magnificently, ultimately triumphing by 15 points. Much of the credit for the victory must go to Hughson who not only masterminded it he also produced a captain's display on the field. Playing at full back opposed to Jack Dyer, who in the previous week's preliminary final against Essendon had booted 9 majors, Hughson kept his illustrious opponent to just one goal in a performance which was a major factor in the Maroons' eventual win.

For most of his career Fred Hughson played at full back, and there were few better. However, when he arrived at Fitzroy from Preston in the VFA he was a seasoned full forward and it was as a full forward that he played in his first VFL season, kicking 62 goals to top the ‘Roys’ list. Two years later he was shifted to full back by coach Dan Minogue and he adapted to the new position superbly, with his majestic drop kicking a particular asset and a trademark feature of his game.

When Fitzroy’s official ‘Team of the Century’ was announced in 2002 few people would have been surprised to see Fred Hughson occupying the full back position.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.