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Key Facts

Full name
Hugh Dunbar

Known as
Hugh Dunbar

27 June 1903

17 July 1985 (aged 82)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 313d
Last game: 26y 347d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 29, 28
St. Kilda: 15

Recruited from
Melbourne (1930)

Family links
Edgar Dunbar (Brother)Harold Dunbar (Brother)

Hugh Dunbar

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1930310.3333%0
V/AFL1922-1928, 1930100490.4959%0
Total1922-1928, 1930100490.4959%0

AFL: 2,688th player to appear, 2,420th most games played, 2,070th most goals kickedMelbourne: 398th player to appear, 172nd most games played, 157th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 636th player to appear, 1,207th most games played, 983rd most goals kicked

One of the toughest VFL players of his era Hugh Dunbar loved the game's physical elements and was seldom deflected from his target, be it ball or man. Although known primarily as a ruckman he was versatile; for example, he played at centre half back in Melbourne's victorious challenge final team of 1926. Between 1922 and 1928 he played 97 VFL games for the Fuchsias and kicked 48 goals. A regular VFL interstate representative, when he left Melbourne he spent the 1929 season as playing coach of VFA club Brighton. He made a brief return to league ranks with St Kilda in 1930 adding a final 3 games and 1 goal to his career tallies. 

Dunbar later coached amateur club Ormond.

Author - John Devaney


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


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