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Frank 'Checker' Hughes

Frank Hughes
Personal information
Full name Frank Hughes
Nickname(s) Checker
Date of birth (1894-02-26)26 February 1894
Date of death

23 January 1978(1978-01-23) (aged 83#REDIRECT

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Original team(s) Burnley
Height/Weight 175cm / 70kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1914–1923 Richmond 87 (51)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
120 (87–31–2)
173 (108–64–1)
84 (49–34–1)
1 (0–1–0)
378 (244–130–4)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1923 season.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1965.
Career highlights


Frank 'Checker' Hughes (born Francis Vane Hughes; 26 February 1894 – 23 January 1978) was a famous player and coach of Australian rules football in the Victorian Football League (later renamed to Australian Football League) in the period 1914 to 1948.


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Playing career

A small and quick player with brilliant skills in stab passing and handball, Hughes played in two Richmond Football Club premiership sides.

  • Richmond 1914-15; 1919-23 (87 games, 51 goals)
    • Premierships 1920, 1921.

Coaching career

Hughes coached over an extended period with a great deal of success, securing 5 VFL premierships. When his friend and former Richmond Secretary Percy Page went to Melbourne Football Club Hughes followed him. He renamed the "Fuschias" to Demons, sacked 13 players and instilled discipline in the club.

  • Ulverstone (Tasmania) 1924-1926
  • Richmond 1927-1932 (120 games, 87 wins, 31 losses, 2 draws)
    • Premiership 1932.
  • Melbourne 1933-1941, 1945–1948, 1965 (254 games, 157 wins, 95 losses, 2 draws)
    • Premierships 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948.

Hughes was inducted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996 with his citation reading:

Took Richmond to premiership success in 1932 then went to Melbourne and landed another four flags. A tough and disciplined coach.


  • Hogan P: The Tigers Of Old, Richmond FC, Melbourne 1996

External links

  • Frank 'Checker' Hughes's profile from
  • AFL: Hall of Fame
  • Richmond Football Club - Hall of Fame
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ivor Warne-Smith
Percy Beames
Coach of the Melbourne Football Club
Succeeded by
Percy Beames
Allan La Fontaine
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