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Subiaco bid farewell to legend Hampson
Reg Hampson, left, in 1998 comparing Subi jumpers past and present with his son Damian, who was Lions captain at the time. Reg has died after a short illness.

Outstanding Subiaco rover Reg Hampson, the club's official ball legend this season, has died after a brief illness.

He was 73.

Hampson kicked three goals in his first appearance for Subiaco after joining the club as a teenager from Northam in 1959 and went on to play 224 matches for the club.

He also represented the State five times during an era in which WA was blessed with some of the greatest roving talent in the game's history.

Hampson played his first game for WA as an 18-year-old, kicking four of the team's 12 goals against a powerful Victorian side, and was considered unlucky not to receive the Simpson Medal ahead of opponent Allen Aylett.

He played finals in six of his 12 seasons with Subiaco, but did not come closer to a flag than his inaugural year when he was one of the best afield in the grand final loss to East Perth.

He formed a potent alliance with champion full-forward Austin Robertson and his tally of 381 career goals remains third on Subiaco's list.

Hampson later served as an assistant to coaches Ross Smith, David Parkin and Peter Burton.

The West Australian

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