Ray Hughson

Ray Hughson

Spectacular high-flying full forward who played schoolboy rugby league, Australian football and cricket for Queensland. Was a Morningside junior who left the game for five years as a 16-year-old but returned to become one of the ‘greats’. Joined Wests in 1957 and was a ‘disciple’ of coach Doug Pittard. Was the League’s leading goal-kicker in 1958-59-62-63-64-65, kicking 100 goals four times, and but for a stint with West Torrens in 1960-61 may have topped the list eight times in a row.

Still ranks second on the all-time AFLQ list behind Owen Backwell. His kicking prowess was so well known in Queensland that a manufacturer named a style of boot after him. In 2003 AFL Queensland recognised his feats naming the goalkicking medal in his honour. Represented Queensland from 1958 to ’65, and is synonymous with Queensland football via a famous Ron Lockens photograph of one of his trademark aerial feats.

Named in the forward pocket next to Jason Dunstall and Owen Backwell in the Queensland Team of the Century in 2003.

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