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Hugh Purse

Image DOB: 2 October 1881
Died: 6 December 1952

Debut: Round 1, 1904 against St. Kilda at Junction Oval
Last Game: Round 17, 1915 against Essendon at East Melbourne

From: Brighton

Number: 23 1912, 26 1915

Honours
Captain - 1908
Victorian state player - 1908

Games: 84
Goals: 26
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
2915434.52

A strong mark who was one of the best half-forwards of his era, and by 1907 the Redlegs best player. The next year he captained the side and played for Victoria.

Midway through 1909 he retired to work on his farm, but returned to Brighton in 1910. He chose to leave Melbourne due to changes in the club's administration, and was initially refused a clearance to the VFA. An appeal to the VFL was not upheld, but he made it to Brighton eventually.

After an initial attempt at winning a clearance back to Melbourne failed he rejoined the club in Round 6, 1912 and played out of the season before missing the next two. He returned for one game in 1915.

His older brother Jack played for Melbourne between 1900 and 1908.

YearGamesGoals
1904 77
1905 1511
1906 138
1907 130
1908 120
1909 100
1912 130
1915 10


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Family

Notes
Some sources show him as #26 in 1912. Football Record R13, 1912 shows him in #12.
Probably not #26 in 1915 as Claude Bryan who wore it the whole season played the same day.

Media
The Argus - 25/06/1909
The Argus - 05/05/1910
Victorian Football Follower - Issue 4, 1910
The Argus - 18/05/1911

Links
Australian Football profile
Wikipedia profile

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