Rugby League: That’s The Way It Was. The Birth of a Super Coach. Eastern Suburbs 1967

Episode 7: The birth of a Super Coach – Eastern Suburbs 1967

Eastern Suburbs failed to win a match in the 1966 Premiership Season.

It was only the fourth time in the history of the NSWRL that a team had failed to win a match in a premiership season (Annandale 1918, Sydney University 1935, South Sydney 1946).

Most experts were predicting similar dire straits for Easts for the following season.

But, in 1967 a man would arrive who would change the fortunes of the Roosters, and go on to become a legend of the game.

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Further Reading

Jim Matthews won the trophy for Easts best player in 1967. He shared the $400 prize money with his teammates.

How all grades stood at the end of the 1967 Premiership Season

1967 Minor Semi-Final. SCG
26 August 1967

Canterbury 13 (K Ryan, B Renyolds, C Gartner tries; G Tayforth 2 goals)

Easts 2 (J.Mathews goal)

Crowd: 47,186

Episode Acknowledgements

  • Perry Johnson is a former panel member of Radio 2SER-FM’s A View from the Hill. He is also Secretary of the Alexandria Rovers JRLFC and a life-long Eastern Suburbs Supporter (Membership Number 3840).
  • Rugby League News
  • Sydney Morning Herald

Past Episodes

Rugby League: That’s the Way it Was is Presented by Rob Corra and Produced by Tony Peterson. The entire series podcast is available at the following locations.

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