55. Arthur Hodgson

55. Arthur Hodgson - ICONICON – Player Inductee

Wing – 1947-60

> 76 games, 7 goals, Carlton, 1948-52 (including 1949 grand final)
> Represented Victoria at the 1950 Australian Carnival and Tasmania at carnivals in 1947, 1953, 1956 and 1958
> Represented Tasmania 17 times and Victoria four times
> Vice Captain, Tasmania, 1953
> Coached Ulverstone, 1953-59
> Ulverstone premierships, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957
> Carlton best and fairest, 1950
> Ulverstone best and fairest, 1960
> Alsterglen Trophy for NWFU best intrastate player, 1954 and 1955
> Wander Medal for NWFU best and fairest, 1955
> Played in Carlton’s losing grand final of 1949
> Credited with 327 senior games
> Named Sporting Life All Australian, 1950 and 1951

The legendary ‘Black Prince’ of Tasmanian football was born on 8 January 1926 in NSW. He moved to Queenstown in Tasmania at age nine and after taking up Australian football his rise in senior football seemed inevitable following the end of the Second World War.

After dominating football on the West Coast for two seasons Hodgson was selected to represent Tasmania in the 1947 National Carnival, following a best on ground performance against the Tasmanian Football League in an intrastate game. His selection for Tasmania made him the first QFA player since 1904 to be so honoured.

Hodgson was recruited to play with Carlton following the National Carnival and so began a five-year period in the limelight of the best competition in the land. He did not disappoint, winning a club best and fairest, representing the Blues in a grand final and being selected to play for Victoria in the 1950 National Carnival.

Returning home in 1953 Hodgson took over as coach of Ulverstone, where he steered the club to four NWFU premierships in seven seasons in charge, as well as the 1955 state flag, the first by a club from north-west Tasmania. His prowess as a player had not diminished either and he represented Tasmania in another 11 interstate matches, including involvement in the 1953, 1956 and 1958 carnivals. Hodgson’s impressive record of five interstate carnival appearances is only matched by two other players.

In June 2004 Arthur Hodgson was selected as a wingman in the official Tasmanian ‘Team of the Century’ and in 2005 he was an inaugural inductee in the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame.

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