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Premiership Cat mourned

Hugh Routley flies for a mark in Geelong’s win over Richmond at Punt Road Oval in Round 17, 1964. (Bob Gartland Collection Image)

GEELONG premiership player Hugh Routley has died.

Routley, who made 27 appearances for the Cats, turned 80 in June.

Recruited from Bendigo Football League club Eaglehawk, the wingman made his debut Round 17, 1959 against Melbourne at the MCG on a day which Ron Barassi kicked five goals for the Demons.

Routley played 13 of his games in the successful 1963 season.

His final appearance in the Hoops at VFL level was the following year’s preliminary final loss to Collingwood.

The following week Routley was part of Geelong’s reserve grade premiership in what was his last game for the club.

In 1965, at the age of just 24, Routley headed to the western district as coach of Lake Bolac in the Mininera and District league, who he led to to a premiership in his first year in charge.

Routley’s death leaves 12 surviving members of the 1963 premiership team.

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