Goodbye to a Great
- Monday, 26 May 2014
It was with great sadness that the Subiaco Football Club farewelled one of its favourite sons this week.
Reg Hampson passed away this weekend at the age of 73.
Hampson leaves a lasting legacy at the Lions, a life member, he played 224 games from 1959 – 1970.
“The word legend gets thrown around a bit but Reg really was, he was highly thought of by everyone who came into contact with him.
“He was always very interested in Subi and has remained engaged with the club until his recent sad death.” said Subiaco CEO Peter Capes.
In 1958 much hype surrounded Hampson’s arrival from Northam with some even comparing his style of play to that of WA legend John Todd.
He kicked three goals on debut as an 18-year-old in 1959 helping Subiaco break an almost decade long hoodoo against East Fremantle.
Later that season Hampson was one of the best players on Grand Final day as the Lions went down to East Perth by 23 points.
He went on to captain the club in 1967 and was the leading goal kicker in his debut year as well as in 1960 and 1961.
He represented WA in 1960 and 1963 and was named on the half-forward flank in Subiaco’s Champion Team of 1946-1976.
He was awarded life membership in 1968 and was further honoured when he was named as a Diehard in 2000.
Hampson remained a part of the club and along with Dwayne Lamb, and Kevin Merifield presented this season’s first gamers with their club ties.
Hampson’s image has been printed on the game day footballs used by Subiaco this season joining the likes of Merifield, Laurie Kettlewell, Colin Williams, Brian Sarre and Austin Robertson as a Ball Legend
Hampson will be remembered as a highly respected, player and administrator of Subiaco, a true legend of the club who will be sadly missed.
Reg is survived by wife Erica, daughters Rebecca and Elke and son Damien who was also a past Subiaco captain and Outridge medalist.
The funeral for Reg will arrive at the main entrance of Karrakatta cemetery, Railway Road Karrakatta at 2:30pm on Friday (30.05.2014).