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Peter John Hudson



Peter John Hudson AM (Member 1987)

b. 19 February 1946

No other Tasmanian has made more impact on Australian football than the incomparable Peter Hudson. His feats in front of goal have smashed records and are unlikely to be equalled. They have held audiences throughout the country spellbound. The great Australian game has never seen a full forward like him and may never again.

Hudson's achievements during his incredible career include holding the record jointly with Bob Pratt (South Melbourne) for the most goals kicked in a VFL season (150 in 1971 to Hudson and 150 in 1934 to Pratt). Hudson's highest tally in VFL was 16 against Melbourne in 1969, 2 short of the most goals ever scored in a VFL match. He won Hawthorn's best and fairest in 1968 and 1970. His aggregate goals (617) in 106 games between 1967 and 1974 produced a VFL record average of 5.90.

Hudson represented Tasmania from 1964-66, and again from 1975-79. He won New Norfolk's best and fairest in 1965 and Glenorchy's best and fairest in 1976, 1978 and 1979. He also won the TFL's William Leitch Medal in 1978 and 1979. Hudson was the top goalkicker in the TFL in 1963, 64, 65, 66, 76 and 1978 and in the VFL. in 1967, 68, 70, 71 and 1977. Hudson was kept from kicking any goals on only 3 occasions in his career.

In 1979, Hudson broke his own Australian record for a first class Australian season in kicking a grand total of 209 goals.