Full Name: HUGHIE JAMES
Date of Birth: 04/05/1890
Height: 185 cm ( 6-1 )
Weight: 89 kg ( 14-0 )
Debut: 29/05/1909, Round 5, St Kilda
Last Game: 15/09/1923, Round 18, Fitzroy
Seasons: 1909-1916, 1919-23
Total Games: 188
Total Goals: 119
Honours: Premiership 1920-21, VFL Representative Team 1912-13, 1914, 1920 Games 6 Goals 3.
Hugh was a champion ruckman during Richmond’s formative years. He was a strongly-built man who was courageous , skillful and very fair .
He was a fine team man who partnered Bernie Herbert in what was a very formidable rucking combination . He was also a very adept palmer of the ball and never became flustered during a tense situation.
He seemed to have suffered a leg injury during 1912 season that healed but which he never fully recovered from.
He was a member of the 1920 and 1921 Premiership sides as well as the 1919 Grand Final team.
He won the Best & Fairest in 1921 and 1923 and represented Victoria six times. He was awarded Life Membership in 1915 and he served on the Committee in 1924. His highest individual goal tally was 5 against Essendon in Round 8 of 1920.
He served in the AIF between 1916and 1919 , where he attained the rank of Lieutenant . He was awarded the Gallantry Medal for bravery above and beyond the call of duty . This came about when he successfully repaired a bridge whilst under constant enemy fire. He later won a Bar to the Gallantry Medal , which meant it was the second time he had been commended for bravery in the battlefield. Whilst overseas, he formed a very close relationship with Dan Minogue , and this has often been touted as one of the reasons that Minogue transferred to Richmond., after returning from war service . Away from football , Hugh ran his own building business and later moved to New Zealand to live.
Essendon VFA 1907 ; Preston 1908-09.