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Key Facts

Full name
Andrew McEwan Hislop

Known as
Max Hislop

Born
25 August 1895

Died
10 July 1964 (aged 68)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 250d
Last game: 31y 346d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Melbourne; Richmond

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 11
Melbourne: 31
Richmond: 29, 6, 19

Recruited from
Collingwood (1915); Melbourne (1917)

Family links
Gordon Hislop (Brother)

Max Hislop

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CollingwoodV/AFL1914940.4467%0
MelbourneV/AFL1915100.000%0
RichmondV/AFL1917-1924, 192712840.0360%0
V/AFL1914-1915, 1917-1924, 192713880.0660%0
Total1914-1915, 1917-1924, 192713880.0660%0

AFL: 2,080th player to appear, 1,471st most games played, 5,272nd most goals kickedCollingwood: 206th player to appear, 729th most games played, 591st most goals kickedMelbourne: 327th player to appear, 1,295th most games played, 1,121st most goals kickedRichmond: 165th player to appear, 95th most games played, 555th most goals kicked

Without doubt one of the greatest figures in the history of the Richmond Football Club, 'Max' Hislop's illustrious career at Punt Road perhaps serves as the archetypal lesson in the value of perseverance. Prior to joining the Tigers in 1917, Hislop had endured two frustrating and fruitless stints at other VFL clubs: Collingwood, where he managed nine games in 1914; and Melbourne, for whom he made just a single appearance the following year. Talked by a friend into making a third attempted foray into the big time with Richmond, he rapidly developed into an out an out champion of the highest rank.

Combining pace and power in awesome measure, Hislop was well nigh unbeatable both at ground level, and in the air. His injury late in the 1919 Challenge Final against Collingwood was regarded as a crucial factor in the Tigers eventually losing the match. In the following year's premiership decider against the same opposition, however, he was among the best players afield as Richmond pulled away towards the end to win a low scoring game by 17 points. In the 1921 Challenge Final against Carlton, Hislop played even better, with his best afield blanketing of Blues champion Horrie Clover arguably representing the key difference between the two teams. As if to emphasise this point, Hislop made a crucial last gasp interception late on when a Carlton score looked certain, and Richmond ultimately got home by just four points.

A centre half back for most of his career with the Tigers, Hislop played a total of 128 league games between 1917 and 1924 and in 1927. He was a regular VFL interstate representative for most of this phase of his career.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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