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THE AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE RECORDS

Compiled by BRYCE

Here are the records of 92 wondeful seasons of Rugby League in Australia. You will find something from each club, and most of the all time greats. Cheak out some of the great names, and relive the wonderful legacy that they have left us!
Some of these records may be incomplete. If you can fill in any of the few blanks left, please email me by clicking here!

CLUBS
First Club: Newtown. Formed 1908
Oldest Club:Sydney (formerly Eastern Suburbs). A foundation club in 1908, it remains the only unmerged club in the premiership.

The Wests Tigers are a combination of three merged foundation clubs. Cumberland merged with Western Suburbs after the 1908 seaqson, who merged with Balmain at the end of the 1999 season.

The North Sydney club merged with Manly Warringah in 1999 to form the Northern Eagles.

Longest tenancy at one ground: 89 seasons. North Sydney played their first match at North Sydney Oval against Glebe on 30th April 1910, and their last against Melbourne on 22 August 1999.

Sydney (formerly Eastern Suburbs) have played every home game at the Moore Park sporting complex since their formation. Their home ground in 1908 was the Royal Agricultural Ground (Sydney Showground), where they stayed until 1911. Then they took up residency at the Sydney Sports Ground, until 1987, when it was demolished to build the Sydney Football Stduim, which has been their home ever since. Of course, between the Showground and the Football Stadium lies the Sydney Cricket Ground, where Easts played on many occasions druing semi finals and 'Match of the Day'durng the 1960's

Most home grounds: Western Suburbs have had 5 home grounds: Wentworth Park (1908-1912), St Lukes Park (1913 - 1919), Pratten Park (1920 - 1969), Lidcome Oval (1970 - 1987), and Orana Park/Campbelltown Stadium (1988 - 1999).
Largest: The largest ground built especially to be a home ground for a Rugby league team is Shark Park, with a capacity of 22 000 people

The largest ground built for Rugby League is Suncorp metway Stadium (formerly Lang Park), Brisbane, with a capacity of 35000.

The largest ground in use as a home ground is Stadium Australia, with a capacity of 110 000 people. This is the current home ground of Canterbury

Biggest crowd107 000 Melbourne v St George, Stadium Australia, Sydney, 1999 (Grand Final)
104 000 Parramatta v St George, Manly v Newcastle double header, Staduim Australia, Sydney 1999
102 569 Warrington v Halifax, Odsal Stadium, Odsal 1954 (Challenge Cup Final)
90 000 Great Britain v Australia, Wembly Stadium, London 1992 (World Cup Final)
88 000 New South Wales v Queensland, Stadium Australia, Sydney, 1999 State of Origin
87 000 New South Wales v Queensland, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, 1984 State of Origin
78 056, St George v South Sydney, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, 1965 (Grand Final)
Biggest Crowd (club match)104 000 Parramatta v St George, Manly v Newcastle double header, Staduim Australia, Sydney 1999. This was the first sporting event held at Staduim Suatralis
The biggest crowd at a normal club game is 55 000, Brisbane v Gold Coast, ANZ Stadium, Brisbane 1993
The biggest crowd for a normal club game in Sydney is 43 000, North Sydney v Eastern Suburbs, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, 1921
Biggest Grand Final crowds107 000* - Melbourne v St George, Stadium Australia, 1999
78 056*, St George v South Sydney, SCG, 1965
69 830*, St George v Western Suburbs, SCG, 1963
65 959, St George v Parramatta, SCG, 1977
62 838, South Sydney v St George, SCG, 1971
62 283*, St George v Western Suburbs, SCG, 1958
61 987*, St George v Balmain, SCG, 1957
61 369, St George v Balmain, SCG, 1964
61 196, St George v Western Suburbs, SCG, 1961
61 129, St George V Balmain, SCG, 1966
60 992*, Newtown v North Sydney, SCG, 1943
(* denotes record)
Lowest Grand Final crowd4000, South Sydney v Eastern Suburbs, Royal Agricultural Ground, 1908 (final)
4000 people also attended the farcical final of 1909, which was forfeited by Balmain. However, 14 000 people witnessed the 1910 final, and 20 000 saw the 1911 final.
The lowest crowd at a grand final was 12 178, Western Suburbs v St George, Sydney Sports Ground, 1930
PREMIERSHIPS AND FINALS
Most Premierships20 - South Sydney
15 - St George
11 - Balmain, Eastern Suburbs
8 - Canterbury
6 - Manly
4 - Western Suburbs, Parramatta
Most consecutive premierships11 - St George (1956-1966). This is a world record in any code of football. The previous best was Bulgarian socer club CDNA Sofia, with 9 straight titles
Most consecutive grand finals11 - St George (1956 - 1966)
Most consecutive semi finals appearences23 - St George (1951 - 1973)
Longest winning streak34 games (30 wins, 4 draws) - Eastern Suburbs 1936 - 37. They also only lost one match in 1935: to Souths in round 7 (18 -11)
In their hat trick of premierships from 1915 - 1917, Balmain only lost two games: being beaten by Newtown 8-7, and Souths 11-7 in 1916.
Premierships in all 3 grades2 consecutive seasons: Balmain (1915-16), South Sydney (1925-26) and St George (1962-63). Souths also won permierships in 1st and reserve grades in 1927. St George won 1st and reserve grade in 1964, and 1st and third grade in 1965. In 1985, St George won the reserve and Under 23's premierships, and lost the first grade grand final by a point (to Canterbury 7-6)
Most Reserve Grade premierships:21 - South Sydney
16 - Balmain
8 - North Sydney, Eastern Suburbs
6 - Newtown, St George
5 - Parramatta, Manly
Most Third Grade premierships
including Under 23's/Presidents Cup
18 - St George
10 - Eastern Suburbs
9 - Parramatta
8 - South Sydney
4 - Balmain, Manly, Western Suburbs
Highest Score42 points, South Sydney v Manly (14), 1952
Lowest Score0: Souths (1924), Manly (1959), Wests (1961), St George (1975), Parramatta (1977 replay), Cronulla (1978 replay)
Lowest scoring game3 points (Balmain 3, South Sydney 0, 1924))
Biggest winning margin38 points, Eastern Suburbs v St George, 1975. Easts won 38-0
Smallest winning margin0 points, Newtown v South Sydney, 1910. Newtown, as minor premiers, were awarded the premiership
Closest decider1910, Newtown and Souths drew 4 all (see above)

Three other grand finals have been drawn after 80 minutes. St George and Parramatta (9 all in 1977), and Manly and Cronulla (11 all in 1978) played an extra 20 minutes, and needed a replay to decide the outcomes (St George beating Parramatta 22-0, and Manly beating Cronulla 16-0). The 1989 grand final between Canberra and Balmain was drawn 14 all at fulltime, but Canberra won in extra time 19-14). Canberra had scored a try to level the scores 90 seconds from fulltime.

Last minute victories:
1923:A last minute try to Easts five eight Harry Caples broke a 12 all deadlock in the 1923 final against Souths. Easts won 15-12
1931With the scores locked at 7 all, halfback Harry Eyres picked up a loose ball to score in the final minute of play. Souths won 12-7, defeating Easts
1962In the final minute of the 1962 grand final, St George lost the ball in their own goal, but referee Bradley ruled Wests offside rught on fulltime, giving St George victory 9-6.
1986Trailing by just 2 points, Canterbury's Mark Bugden was tackled half a metre from the tryline as full time sounded. Parramatta won 4-2.
1997With the scores lock at 16 all, Newcastle's Darren Albert scored a try with 6 seconds remaining on the clock. Newcastle won 22-16.

Most tries in a grand final8 Newtown (34-7 v Norths, 1943)
8 South Sydney (42-14 v Manly, 1951)
8 Eastern Suburbs (38-0 v St George, 1975)
7 North Sydney (35-3 v Glebe, 1922)
Least tries in a grand final0: 1910 (Newtown 4, South Sydney 4), 1986 (Parramatta 4, Canterbury 2)
PLAYERS
Most Games 331, Terry Lamb, Wests, Canterbury
Most Seasons in first class football33, Ted Taplin. 'Tappy' was a fullback who joined Norths from Camden in 1910 and made his first grade debut in 1913, and stayed there until 1923. He returned to Camden, in an era when country clubs were on an even keel with Sydney clubs, and didn't retire until 1945!
Most Points: all grades 2001, Michael Cronin, Parramatta 1977-86
His last point, a huge penalty in the 1986 grand final not only made him the first person to surpass 2000 points in the premiership, and set the all time record. It also won the 1986 premiership for Parramatta! Not bad for a bloke who didn't start his Sydney career untill he was 26.
Most Points: first grade 1976, Michael Cronin, Parramatta
1917, Graham Eadie, Manly
Most Points per season 284, Ivan Cleary, Sydney City, 1998
282, Michael Cronin, Parramatta, 1978.
265, Eric Simms, South Sydney, 1969,
258, Dave Brown, Eastern Suburbs, 1935
Most Points per calendar year547, (from 52 matches) Michael Cronin, 1978 (for Parramatta, Country, NSW and Australia
Most Points per match45 (5 tries, 15 goals) Dave Brown, (Eastern Suburbs) v Canterbury, 1935. (Easts won 87-7)
Most Tries 212, Ken Irvine (North Sydney, Manly)
Most Tries per season38, Dave Brown, Easts, 1935
Most Tries per match 8, Frank Burge (Glebe) v Annandale, 1920
Burge was a second rower. The most tries by a back in a game is 7, by Rod O'Loan (Easts) v Canterbury, 1935
PREMIERSHIPS AND FINALS
Most appearances11 Norm Provan (St George 1953, 1956-65)
10 Brian Clay (Newtown 1954, 55, St George 1957, 58 - 61, 64 - 66)
9 Eddie Lumsden (St George 1957-59, 61-66)
9 Ron Coote (South Sydney 1965, 67-71, Eastern Suburbs 1972, 74-75)
8 John Raper (St George 1959-66)
8 John O'Neill (South Sydney 1965, 67-71, Manly 72-73)
8 Ray Price (Parramatta 1976, 77, 77 replay, 81, 82, 83, 86)
8 Glenn Lazarus (Canberra 1987 (bench) 1989, 90, 91, Brisbane 1992, 93, 97 (Super League), Melbourne 1999)
Most points42 Eric Simms (South Sydney)
41 Burnie Purcell (South Sydney). He is the only forward to score over 1000 points in a career.
36 Graham Eadie (Manly)
35 John Greaves (South Sydney)
30 Michael Cronin (Parramatta), Benny Wearing (South Sydney)
Most points in a grand final19, Dick Dunn, Eastern Suburbs, 1945 (3 tries, 5 goals)
Most tries8 Eddie Lumsden (St George)
7 John King (St George)
6 Brett Kenny (Parramatta), John Greaves (South Sydney)
Most goals in a grand final8 Harry Bath, St George 1967
7 John Peard, Eastern Suburbs, 1975
7 (3 goals, 4 field goals) Eric Simms, South Sydney, 1970
Consecutive triesJohn King (St George ) scored a try in every grand final from 1961-65 (6 consecutive grand finals)
Brett Kenny (Parramatta) scored 2 tries in three consecutive grand finals (1981-3). Ironically, in the Eels only other grand final victory (1986), he had 2 tries disallowed. This was the only tryless grand final ever.
Most successes: player 10 Norm Provan (St George 1956-65)
Most successes: captain 5 Jack Rayner (South Sydney 1950, 51, 53, 54, 55)
5 Ken Kearney (St George 1956-60)
Most successes: coach5 Jack Rayner (South Sydney 1950, 51, 53, 54, 55)
5 Ken Kearney (St George 1956-60)
5 Jack Gibson (Eastern Suburbs 1974-75, Parramatta 1981-3)
Most Clubs captained to premiership2 Steve Edge (St George 1977, Parramatta 1981-3)
Most premiership clubs played with3 Glenn Lazarus (Canberra 1989-90, Brisbane 1992-3, Melbourne 1999)
Including the 1997 Super League grand final, Lazarus has played in 8 grand finals (he appeared in the 1987 grand final for Canberra. This means that he has played in every grand final that his 3 clubs have ever appeared in, except for one: the 1994 grand final (won by Canberra).
Greatest contribution to a grand final winOn only 4 occasions, players have scored all their teams points in winning grand finals. Undoubtedly the best contribution in this area belongs to Balmain centre Joe Jorgenson, a former test captain, who scored 13 points (from a try and 5 goals) in the Tigers 13-9 won over Canterbury in 1947.
Test lock Reg 'Whip' Latta scored Balmain's only try in their 3-0 win over Souths in 1923
In 1910, Charles 'Boxer' Russell (Newtown) and Jim Davis (Souths) both kicked 2 goals in the 4-4 draw. Michael Cronin kicked 2 goals for Parramatta in their 4-2 victory over Canterbury in 1986. Cronin had suffered a detached retina in a pre season trial, and only returned to first grade in the major semi final, giving him 1 top grade game all year. While travelling to the grand final from his home in Gerringong on the NSW south coast, he was held up by a 6 car pileup on the F6. After sitting in gridlock for some considerable time, he found a policeman attending the congestion, and politely asked if there was any way he would get to Sydney quickly. The officer almost keeled over when he realised who he was, and organised a police escort to get him to the SCG. He arrived 20 minutes before kick off, and played his last game, winning the premiership for Parramatta in the process!
Shortest career for a grand final player1 first grade game, John Rheinberger (Eastern Suburbs). Jack Gibson calmly promoted this untried Roosters lower grader into the centres, where he was a member of the side that caused the biggest flogging in history. He never platyed first grade again!
AUSTRALIAN TEST FOOTBALL
Biggest win86-6, v South Africa, Gateshead, UK, 1995 (World Cup)
Biggest win in Australia77-8, v Papua New Guinea, Eric Weissel Oval, Wagga Wagga 1988
Biggest Loss38-4 v France, SCG 1952
Biggest win against England/Great Britain50-12, Second Test, Swinton, England, 1963
Most tests41 Mal Meninga (South Brisbane, Canberra)
Most tests as captain24 Clive Churchill (South Sydney)
23 Wally Lewis (Valleys, Brisbane)
First CaptainDinny Lutge (North Sydney) led hat first Kangaroo Tour to England in 1908.
First Test CaptainDally Messenger (Eastern Suburbs), v England, 1908
Most Kangaroo Tours4 Mal Meninga (South Brisbane, Canberra)
Most matches on one tour 29 Arthur 'Pony' Halloway, (Eastern Suburbs)1908-9
Terry Lamb (Canterbury) played in evert match on the 1990 Kangaroo Tour
Most points201 (from 22 tests) Michael Cronin (Gerringong, Parramatta) 1973-84
Most tries33 (from 31 tests) Ken Irvine, (North Sydney) 1959-67
Most tries on Kangaroo Tour39 Cec Blinkhorn (North Sydney) 1922-23
35 Harold Horder (North Sydney) 1922-23
Most Capped Test Players per clubAdelaide: Kerrod Walters (?)
Annandale: (tba)
Auckland: Matthew Ridge
Balmain: Garry Jack (20)
Brisbane: Wally Lewis (36)
Canberra: Mal Meninga (41)
Canterbury: Greg Brentnall (11)
Cronulla: Andrew Ettingshausen (31)
Eastern Suburbs (Sydney) Brad Fittler (?)
Glebe: Frank Burge (11)
Gold Coast: Wally Lewis (36)
Illawarra: Rod Wishart (?)
Manly: Ken Irvine (31)
Melbourne: Glenn Lazarus (?)
Newtown: ?
North Queensland: ?
North Sydney: Ken Irvine (31)
Parramatta: Ray Price, Michael Cronin (22)
Penrith: Brad Fittler (?)
South Queensland ?
St George: Reg Gasnier (35)
South Sydney: Clive Churchill (34)
University: ?
Western Suburbs: Keith Holman (33)

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