Career: 1964 - 1967
Senior Games: 58
Senior Premiership: 1966, 1967
Seniors Leading Goalkicker: 1964 (43), 1966 (55), 1967 (37)
Bobby Hough looked the goods from the moment he set foot on the Chelsea oval as a young boy of fifteen. He had just moved from Port Melbourne and was tall, of slim build and just simply moved like the good player that he was destined to become.
It was only four years later as a nineteen year old that Bob would be Chelsea’s leading goal-kicker in the firsts. This was the first of four successive years in which the young forward would win this award. In 1966 Bob also topped the goal kicking for the M. P. F. L. During this period he played in two Chelsea premiership teams, 1966 and 1967, before being lured away to Longwarry by their new coach Eric Guy.
Eric built a forward line around his talented full forward who kicked 88 goals in the first twelve rounds before suffering a ruptured kidney which sidelined him for the remainder of the season, ‘supposedly’. However, after a heartfelt request from his coach he returned for the Grand Final and, playing in a brace to protect his kidneys, kicked five goals as Longwarry claimed the flag.
After another year at Longwarry, Bob returned to the Mornington League as playing coach of Carrum. In this role he was instrumental in establishing the basis of a team that would dominate the competition in the mid-seventies. The Lions enjoyed success that Bob was unable to be part of, as his career was ended in 1973 by a cowardly on-field act that threatened his sight.
This incident left Bob with a broken eye socket and his eye precariously placed without structural support. Defiantly, and true to form, he took the free kick and from sixty yards out on the boundary unleashed a trade mark torpedo punt that split the centre of the goals.
It was a fitting finale to a wonderful career as a key position forward in local football.