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Cam McPherson joins the Glenferrie Gold

Updated: Jul 29, 2021

By Peter Haby – Hawks Museum

Born May 24, 1940

Recruited Shepparton

Debut Order 501

Guernsey 45 (1959), 26 (1960-1966)

Games 104, Goals 0

Premiership 1961,

Reserves Premiership 1959

Best Clubman 1965

Reserves Best First Year Player 1959

Special Trophy 1960, 1961,1963

Club Runner 1970-1971, Premiership 1971

It is always pleasing to see when a former player steps forward to join the Glenferrie Gold Life Patrons of the Hawks Museum. It underlines what the museum means to our former players. The museum is the players trophy room where the fortunes of the Club is presented for all to see and learn. We thank Cam McPherson who played a leading role in the Club’s first Premiership in 1961 in joining the ranks of the Glenferrie Gold joining fellow ex-players, Peter Hudson, Richard Loveridge, Peter Oliver, David Parkin, Peter Scott, Bill Shelton, and Bruce Stevenson and Ray Wilson. Three other ex-players now deceased, Brian Falconer, Phil Ryan and Col Youren were significant members of the Glenferrie Gold.

Cam McPherson was a key member of Hawthorn’s first Premiership team in 1961, playing every game, and forming a renowned half back line with John McArthur and Sted Hay. He then continued his role in Hawthorn’s success by being the runner when the Hawks won their second Flag in 1971.

McPherson became a permanent member of the Senior team in 1960 playing 52 consecutive games through to Round 13 1962, one of only eight Hawthorn players to play fifty or more consecutive games from debut. He began the 1961 season well maintaining his form throughout the season. He had a real purple patch in the latter part of the season, when he was named in the best players for six consecutive matches from Round 14 to the second Semi Final.

In the Grand Final his opponent John Quarrell twice managed to get clear to kick goals as Footscray skipped out to a 16-point lead. Fortunately, for both player and the team, McPherson was able to negate Quarrell’s influence for the remainder of the game. The third quarter was all Hawthorn as the side built an assailable lead. However, McPherson recalls hearing final siren as a mixture of relief and jubilation. He still relishes any opportunity to catch up with fellow teammates to relive the joy of being part of the Club’s first Premiership.

McPherson went on to play 92 of a possible 96 games to the end of 1964, including another Grand Final in 1963, this time losing to Geelong. One issue facing McPherson was work commitments. Upon completion of his pharmacy course in 1963, McPherson began working for a Richmond pharmacist, Tony Tizio. While Tizio would let him leave work at 4.30pm to get to training, his work responsibilities gradually made it tougher to perform at football. He retired from playing football in 1966 after damaging the cartilage in his knee.

Wanting to still be involved in football, McPherson took on umpiring Little League matches at Glenferrie Oval during 1969. When the Club’s senior runner, Jack Bromage Jnr retired that season, McPherson’s former coach John Kennedy Snr offered him the role of runner at the commencement of the 1970 season. This move gave McPherson the opportunity to play a part in the Club’s first two premierships under Kennedy Snr - 1961 as a player, then 1971 as the runner.

McPherson missed the opportunity to go on the 1961 Premier’s end of season trip due to study and work commitments, but he was pleased that the Club included the runner in the touring party to Perth for the lightning premiership two weeks after the 1971 Grand Final. It was to be a life-changing event, as McPherson fell in love with Perth and decided to move there. He made the move the following year, selling the pharmacy he had acquired in Blackburn South, and apart from a couple of years that he spent at Mt Hagen in PNG, he has lived in Perth ever since.

He continued his career as a pharmacist until 1989, when he bought a supermarket. He also has interests in a bottling company and a farming property, as well as breeding and racing thoroughbreds. Another of his passions, sports fishing, has taken McPherson to many exotic locations around the world, including South and Central America, Asia, and Africa.

McPherson still follows the Hawks intently and catches up with former teammates annually when he visits the Training facilities and the Hawks Museum at Waverley.

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