Hughie McPherson

DOB: 21 August 1918
Died: 25 July 2013

MFC Debut: Round 17, 1941 against Footscray at MCG
Last Game: Round 12, 1944 against Richmond at Punt Road

From: Kyneton/Footscray

Number: 16 (1941, 1943-1944), 25 (1942)

Life Member - 1964

Games: 37 (50 total)
Goals: 14 (18 total)
Career Statistics

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Debuted with Footscray in 1939 and spent two years at the Bulldogs before joining Melbourne. Retired before the 1945 season on doctor's advice not to play competitive football, before returning with Williamstown in 1946.

Returned to the club as a trainer/runner in 1954 and served in that capacity until 1963, after which he concentrated on training until retiring in 1967.

In Round 14, 1955 his habit of pushing the role of a trainer towards what later became the modern day runner caused controversy, with the umpire ordering him off the ground for passing messages under the guise of treating injured players. Soon after the league allowed teams to have runners.

Legend has it that McPherson was the man who suggested to Norm Smith that Ron Barassi be used in the role that would become known as 'ruck-rover'.

In Round 12, 1959 he was reported for misconduct in that he used abusive language. The charge was upheld and he received a reprimand.

1941 200
1942 900
1943 1580
1944 1160
Tribunal Record
Round 12, 1959 Misconduct Reprimand


Argus - 21/03/1945
Age - 30/07/1959
afl.com.au - 25/07/13

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