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FOUNDERS OF THE RABBITOHS

The South Sydney Rugby League Football Club was officially the third rugby league to be formed in Australia on 17 January 1908, after Glebe (9 January) and Newtown (14 January) were formed. But our initial formation goes back to September 1907 when Arthur Stephen Hennessy organised a meeting to form the club at his house in 9 Chapman Street, Surry Hills.

He sent out letters to all rugby clubs in the district inviting interested parties to attend. The response was less than overwhelming, with George Ball, Billy Cann and Johnny McGrath being the only ones present with Hennessy, while Ed Fry sent his full support behind the new club and an apology for not being able to attend owing to a previous engagement.

Hennessy, Cann and Fry were the three local players who had taken part in the three matches against the NZ All Golds, which were all played under rugby union rules because the Northern Union rule book didn’t arrive by boat from the UK until January 1908.

The seeds of our club were first sprouted at this meeting by the five brave men who were the real Founders of our grand old club, and in December 1955 Souths commissioned a photo to be taken of the five men. This photo was proudly displayed in the offices of the old Souths Leagues Club.

Back Row (L-R): Billy Cann, Johnny McGrath. 
Front Row: George Ball, Arthur Hennessy and Edward Fry.
Back Row (L-R): Billy Cann, Johnny McGrath. Front Row: George Ball, Arthur Hennessy and Edward Fry.

A number of other meetings were convened during the spring and summer of 1907-08 to form the district club, and the co-founders also helped in organising fliers across the South Sydney district which read: “SOUTH SYDNEY – all footballers in this district should join this club for these reasons; play for yourself and your club’s advantage or play for the Union to their advantage, and no return to yourself. Savee?”

But despite those humble beginnings, the small band of believers managed to garner more and more support, culminating in an historic meeting at Redfern Town Hall on January 17, 1908 where South Sydney was officially formed. One of the documents held by the NSW Rugby League is the receipt signed by J.J. Giltinan which lists Souths as the number 2 affiliated club with the NSWRL (North Sydney were the first to affiliate).

In a 1931 interview, George Ball said of that night in 1908: “The attendance was excellent, quite a number of those present, no doubt, being attracted to the meeting out of curiosity, as much had been written in the press concerning the new code and the likelihood of disqualification from the Rugby Union of anyone who had the temerity to join up with the New Movement.”

Despite strong initial opposition from those who continued to support rugby union, the club made significant progress, with regular training sessions being held at Moore Park, where the players were taught the rules of Northern Union football. On 21st March 1908 Souths had the distinction of playing the first football game under North Union rules in Australia, when a trial was organised between Souths’ Possibles against Souths’ Probables at the Sir Joseph Banks’ Ground, Botany. The game was played as 12-a-side, probably because the club only had 24 players on their books at the time. George Ball hired the ground for the day, which cost the club half a guinea.

A month later on Easter Monday the first round of the NSWRL competition was played at Birchgrove Oval, with Souths defeating Norths by 11-7.

ARTHUR STEPHEN HENNESSY (1876-1959) (a.k.a. The Father of South Sydney)

A regular Souths rugby union first grade forward in 1900-07 (94 games, scoring 5 tries), he toured New Zealand in 1901, and represented New South Wales against Queensland in 1904.

He was Souths’ first captain in the new code and was also named the club's first delegate to the NSWRL. His policy of 'no kicking' at the club earned South Sydney the title 'The Pride of the League' with their running and passing style of play. He also captained NSW in their first interstate match before being named Australia’s inaugural Test captain in the series against New Zealand. When clubs and representative sides began to list their players in chronological order, as had been the case in cricket, Hennessy held the unique honour of being Number One on the Rabbitohs player register, as well as NSW Blues and the Australian Kangaroos.

Hennessy had quickly absorbed the principles of the new code and became a sought-after coach; in 1911 he trained the Wyalong team. As NSW coach of the 1913 touring side to New Zealand he imposed a steak-only diet for lunch on match days. Hennessy strongly advocated the no kick principle, emphasizing the importance of ball possession to score tries. This came to be the mark of South Sydney's football, influenced by Hennessy as head trainer in 1912-13.

He was amongst the first pioneers to be inducted as a Life Member of the New South Wales Rugby League in 1908.

During the 1920s Hennessy was a football and boxing coach at Waverley College. He was a non-playing coach of the 1929-30 Kangaroo tour of Britain, the first and only such appointment until Clive Churchill's in 1959. Hennessy prohibited kicking and the Australians were narrowly defeated. He coached Country against City in 1942-44, and Souths' firsts in 1946; about then he also published a coaching manual, “Winning Rugby Moves”.

‘The Father of South Sydney’ died on 19 September 1959 at Maroubra, aged 82, and was buried with Anglican rites in Botany cemetery.

SAMUEL GEORGE BALL (1884-1969)

George Ball was Souths’ pioneer administrator and a remarkable figure in the development of the South Sydney Club and the growth of rugby league in the 20th century. He was a man of calm disposition and solid judgement, and he had seen his beloved Rabbitohs, and the League, grow through the years to remarkable success.

Mr Ball began his administrative career in 1900 as secretary of the Waterloo Albions rugby union side, which played in the junior competition. When the South Sydney club was officially formed in 1908 Mr Ball became Hon. Treasurer of the Club, and stayed in office until the following year. From there his duties included: Delegate to the League in 1909-66, Club Secretary in 1910-66, General Committee in 1943-57, Retention Committee in 1950-65, Private Member Reviewing Committee in 1950-66, Social Committee in 1950-66 and Members’ Reviewing Committee in 1963-66.

Mr Ball was the first Secretary of the Australian Board of Control and was for many years a NSW representative on that body. He also served as manager of NSW sides to Queensland and New Zealand and managed the 1921 Kangaroo tour with clubmate, Billy Cann, the only time any club has had such an honour. He became one of the cornerstones of the game until stepping down from all duties on 12th April 1966.

Mr Ball was inducted as a Life Member of the NSWRL in 1914, and he was one of 14 people who were the first to be inducted as Life Members of the South Sydney Football Club at the 54th Annual General Meeting held at Redfern Town Hall on 6th February 1962.

His wife Alice Pearce was a champion swimmer and she was Sid ‘Sandy’ Pearce’s sister. The Pearce family were a famous swimming, sculling, boxing and footballing family. The junior representative competition, SG Ball Cup, was named after George Ball and has been in existence since 1965.

Mr Ball died on 26th August 1969 at Double Bay, aged 85, and there were many fine tributes given to him after his death. But none summed up everyone's feelings towards this truly great statesman as the one given by Bill Buckley, OBE (President of the Australian and NSW Rugby League) when he said: "George Ball was of fine character and a wonderfully sound administrator. I have never known a better one in League affairs."

WILLIAM ASKEW CANN (1882-1958)

Younger brother of Sydney Cann, who played for Souths’ Third Grade in 1909.

Former rugby union three-quarter with Souths in 1905-07 (playing 20 games, scoring 5 tries), Billy Cann was a member of the rebel NSW side that played the NZ All Golds in 1907. He made his first grade rugby league debut with Souths in 1908, Round 2 v Western Suburbs at the Agricultural Ground, scoring two tries on debut.

Mr Cann went on to become both an innovative player and long-serving administrator with Souths. A pioneer of lock forward play, he was also elected as the club's first committeeman in 1908 as well as Souths’ delegate to the NSWRL. Cann’s creativity in ‘loose’ play shaped the role of the lock in the professional code and he combined brilliantly with his backline. He took part in Australia’s inaugural Test series, against NZ in 1908, and was a member of the 1908-09 Kangaroos (8 matches, no Tests) and the 1911-12 ‘Australasian’ Kangaroos (18 matches, 3 Tests).

Mr Cann also played against NZ (1909) and England (1914) during his international career and although he missed Souths’ first premiership final because he was on tour, he later played an important part in the club’s title wins in 1909 and 1914.

He was inducted as a Life Member of the NSWRL in 1908. Following his retirement Mr Cann was co-manager of the 1921-22 Kangaroos with Souths secretary George Ball - the only time that officials from the same club have been in charge of a touring team.

During the 1940s and 50s, Cann was a vice-president of the NSWRFL. He was also an SP bookie and for many years wrote articles for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr Cann died on 7th June 1958 at Harbord after a short illness, aged 75.

JOHN JOSEPH McGRATH (1884-1966)

Mr McGrath took over from George Ball as Souths’ Treasurer in 1910 and stayed in that role until 1917. The following year he became Club President until 1924, as well as Hon. Auditor from 1918-19 and then club Delegate to the League in 1920-22.

Mr McGrath was inducted as a Life Member of the South Sydney Football Club at the 89th Annual General Meeting held at the South Sydney Leagues Club in Redfern on 8th December 1963.

He died on 15th June 1966 at Kensington, aged 82.

EDWARD STEPHEN FRY (1878-1968)

Brother of James Fry (who played rugby union for Souths in their very first game in 1900), Fred Fry (who played rugby league for Easts), and Bill Fry (who also played rugby league for Souths).

Edward played first grade rugby union for Souths in 1902-07, playing in 62 games (scoring 9 tries and 2 field goals). He was also a member of the NSW Pioneers team who played against NZ All Golds in three games back in 1907.

He made his first grade debut in rugby league in the very first game played in 1908 against North Sydney at Birchgrove Oval. He was also the Vice-Captain of the side and captained the first grade team in 5 games, including the Final against Eastern Suburbs, which Souths won by 14-12 to claim their first premiership victory.

Mr Fry also played representative football with the Probables in 1908 and 2 games for NSW against the Queensland side in 1908. When his playing career ended in 1908, the loyal clubman continued at Souths in many different roles: on the Committee in 1909-32, Vice-President in 1911-19, 1921 and 1927-46 as well as Hon. Auditor in 1920-68.

He was inducted as a Life Member of the NSWRL in 1908, and also as a Life Member of the South Sydney Football Club at the 55th Annual General Meeting held at Redfern Town Hall on 5th February 1963.

He died on 27th March 1968 at Rockdale, aged 89, after a long illness.

South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club Limited The Beginning…

South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club was formed at a public meeting held at Redfern Town Hall on 17 January 1908.

On March 5, 1908, the NSW Rugby League issued the Club its receipt No. 2 for their £ -1 – 1 – 0 affiliation fee.

The Club’s first premiership match, also the first in the NSWRL competition, was played at Birchgrove Oval on Easter Monday, 20 April 1908. Souths defeated North Sydney 11-7. Winger Tommy Anderson scored Souths first try, with others added during the historic game by forwards Dick Green and Harold Butler, who also kicked a goal.

The Club was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee at a Special General Meeting on 13 June 1982.

The rebirth of the Rabbitohs began on 7 June, 2006 through a new partnership between Russell Crowe, Peter Holmes à Court and the 8000 Members of the Club. The voting Members of the Football Club voted by a 75.8% majority to convert the Club from a company limited by guarantee to a company limited by shares at an Extraordinary General Meeting held on 19 March 2006.

OUTSTANDING SEASONS

1925: Won the first, reserve and third grade premierships and City Cup. First grade was undefeated in its 12 matches – the first and still the only team to win every game in a season.

1953: Won the first and reserve grade premierships, Club Championship and President’s Cup (then the only interdistrict junior competition). Runner – up in third grade, losing 11-9, after playing extra time.

1968: Won first and reserve grade premierships, Club Championships, President’s Cup and Flegg Trophy. Third grade defeated 14-9 in preliminary final.

1969: Minor premiers and runner’s up in first grade. Minor premiers in reserve grade. Won third grade premiership, Club Championship, Pre-season Competition, President’s Cup, Flegg Trophy and Ball Cup.

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

PREMIERSHIPS AND COMPETITIONS

First Grade Premiers: 21

1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 2014

First Grade Runners-Up: 13

1910, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1949, 1952, 1965, 1969

Reserve Grade Premiers: 20

1913, 1914, 1917, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1945, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1966, 1968, 1983

Reserve Grade Runners-Up: 8

1918, 1920, 1930, 1933, 1954, 1963, 1964, 1967

Third Grade/Under 23/Under 21 Grade Premiers: 10

1912, 1918, 1925, 1928, 1933, 1962, 1969, 1981, 1986, 1989, 2019

Third Grade/Under 23/Under 21/Under 20 Runners-Up: 15

1913, 1926, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1942, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1970, 1987, 2010

Third Grade South Sydney affiliated Clubs Premiers: 7

1908 (Sydney), 1909 (S.S. Federal), 1910 (Sydney), 1913 (S.S. Federal), 1921, 1922 (Mascot), 1923 (Kensington).

World Club Challenge Champions (1976 - ): 1

2015 - defeated St Helens 39-0 at Lengtree Park. Record winning margin.

Club Champions (1930 - ): 9

1932, 1933, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1989

City Cup Won (1912 – 1925, first grade): 4

1912, 1921, 1924, 1925

City Cup Runners-Up: 2

1914, 1917

Sports Ground Cup won (1912-1916, reserve grade): 3

1914, 1915, 1916 – won outright.

League’s Cup won (1917 – 1926 reserve grade): 4

1917, 1918, 1919, 1922

NRL Auckland Nines (2014 - ): 1

2015

Pre-season competition won (1962 – 1981, 1990 – 1995): 5

1966, 1969, 1972, 1978, 1994

Mid-week Knockout Cup won (1974 – 1989): 1

1981 as Tooth Cup

State Championship won (1932, 1939-1945): 1

1932

Sevens won (1988 - 2005): 1

1988

NSWRL WOMEN’S RUNNERS UP (2018 - ): 1

2018

NSWRL WOMEN’S MINOR PREMIERSHIP (2018 - ): 1

2018

JUNIORS COMPETITIONS WON

Munn Cup (1908 – 1910): 3

1908, 1909, 1910 – won outright

President’s Cup (1910 - ): 20

1936, 1942, 1943, 1951, 1953, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983

H.J. Flegg Trophy (1961 - ): 9

1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1978, 2019

S.G. Ball Cup (1965 - ): 10

1965, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1994, 1998

H. Matthews Cup (1970 - ): 1

1974

Junior Club Championship (1982 - ): 1

1986

Lennox Cup (1947 – 1950): 1

1948

SUMMARY

79 NSWRL Grade competitions won

45 NSWRL junior competitions won

Total: 122

LARGEST HOME GROUND ATTENDANCES

No specific Home Ground (1908 - 1927):

31,500 at Sydney Cricket Ground V St George, 18 June 1927

Sydney Sports Ground (1928 - 1947):

31,095 v Balmain 4 June 1967

32,373 v Western Suburbs (Final) 16 September 1950, when not at home ground.

Redfern Oval (1948 - 1987):

23,257 v Manly-Warringah 19 July 1987

Sydney Football Stadium (1988 - 2005):

35,316 v Sydney Roosters 15 March 2002 (competition round)

40,000 v Balmain 10 September 1989 (Preliminary Final)

36,804 vs St George Illawarra 16 February 2002 (Charity Shield)

ANZ Stadium (2006 - current):

59,708 v Roosters 6 September 2013 (competition round)

83,833 v Bulldogs 5 October 2014 (Grand Final)

24,566 v St George Illawarra Dragons 18 February 2006 (Charity Shield)

LARGEST ATTENDANCE AT ANY GROUND

ANZ Stadium; 83,833 v Bulldogs, Grand Final, 5 October 2014

HIGHEST SCORE AND BIGGEST WINNING MARGIN IN PREMIERSHIP GAME

67 – 0 Western Suburbs, Sydney Showground, 23 July 1910

 

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS

MOST GAMES IN FIRST GRADE: 336 John Sutton 2004 - 2019

MOST GAMES IN ALL GRADES: 364 John Sutton 2002 - 2019

 

FIRST GRADE SCORING FEATS

MOST POINTS IN CAREER: 1841 Eric Simms 1965 – 1975 (23 tries, 803 goals, 86 field goals)

MOST POINTS IN A SEASON: 265 Eric Simms 1969 (1 try, 112 goals, 19 field goals)

MOST POINTS IN A GAME: 29 Johnny Graves v Eastern Suburbs, Sydney Sports Ground, 7th June 1952 (3 tries, 10 goals).

MOST TRIES IN CAREER: 146 Nathan Merritt 2002 - 2014

MOST TRIES IN A SEASON: 29 Les Brennan 1954

MOST TRIES IN A GAME: 5
Harold Horder vs North Sydney 4 June 1917 and 14 July 1917; Alan Quinlivan vs University 11 July 1936; Don Manson vs University 17 April 1937; John Graves vs Eastern Suburbs 16 July 1949; Ian Moir vs Parramatta 1 June 1957; Eric Sladden vs Parramatta 10 August 1957; Nathan Merritt vs Parramatta 8 August 2011; Alex Johnston vs Penrith 2 July 2017; Alex Johnston vs Roosters 25 September 2020.

MOST GOALS IN CAREER: 802 Eric Simms 1965-1975

MOST GOALS IN SEASON: 131 Eric Simms 1969

MOST GOALS IN A GAME: 11 Eric Simms v Cronulla 11 April 1969 and v Penrith 27 July 1969

MOST TRIES IN CAREER BY A FORWARD: 100 Bob McCarthy 1963-1975, 1978

MOST TRIES IN SEASON BY A FORWARD: 17 Bob McCarthy 1971

MOST TRIES IN A GAME BY A FORWARD: 4 Ernie Lapham v Glebe 13 June 1925; v Balmain 21 May 1927, North Sydney 28 May 1927; Les Cowie v Balmain 1 September 1956

AUSTRALIAN CAPTAINS IN TESTS/WORLD SERIES: 5 Arthur Hennessy, Clive Churchill, John Sattler, Bob McCarthy, Ron Coote

OTHER NATIONS CAPTAINS IN TESTS/WORLD CUPS: 4 Roy Asotasi (New Zealand, Samoa); Sam Burgess (England); Robbie Farah (Lebanon); Nigel Vagana (Samoa)

PLAYED FOR AUSTRALIA WHILE WITH SOUTH SYDNEY - 71

Tommy Anderson, Jim Armstrong, Alf Blair, Cecil Blinkhorn, Ray Branighan, Tim Brasher, Arthur Butler, Bill Cann, Mark Carroll, Clive Churchill, Michael Cleary, Arthur Conlin, Damien Cook, Ron Coote, Les Cowie, Frank Curran, Steve Darmody, Les Davidson, Jim Davis, Denis Donoghue, Terry Fahey, Harry Finch, Bryan Fletcher, Dane Gagai, Herb Gilbert, Bob Grant, John Graves, Howard Hallett, Ernie Hammerton, Greg Hawick, Arthur Hennessy, Bob Honan, Harold Horder, Greg Inglis, Brian James, Alex Johnston, Harry Kadwell, Clem Kennedy, John Kerwick, Jack Levison, Eric Lewis, Jim Lisle, Bob McCarthy, Eddie McGrath, Paddy Maher, Ian Moir, Cameron Murray, William 'Webby' Neill, Ray Norman, Alf O’Connor, Frank O’Connor, John O’Neill, Arthur Oxford, George Piggins, Denis Pittard, Bernie Purcell, Jack Rayner, Eddie Root, John Rosewell, Paul Sait, John Sattler, Eric Simms, Bill Spence, Gary Stevens, David Taylor, George Treweek, Dylan Walker, Elwyn Walters, Benny Wearing, Jack Why, Perce Williams

PLAYED FOR AUSTRALIA BEFORE OR AFTER PLAYED WITH SOUTH SYDNEY – 44

Braith Anasta, Royce Ayliffe, Peter Burge, Hugh Byrne, Darrell Chapman, Michael Crocker, Ron Crowe, Col Donohoe, Jim Dymock, Percy Fairall, Robbie Farah, Dane Gagai, Bob Gehrke, Brian Hambly, Shannon Hegarty, Terry Hill, Ray Hines, Johnny Hutchinson, Greg Inglis, Luke Keary, Matt King, Adam MacDougall, Ian Mackay, Mark McGaw, Keith Middleton, Latrell Mitchell, Jim Morgan, Webby Neill, Rex Norman, Claude O’Donnell, Bryan Orrock, Bill Owen, David Peachey, Russell Richardson, Ian Roberts, Craig Salvatori, Jim Serdaris, Glenn Stewart, Billy Thompson, Peter Tunks, Lote Tuqiri, Harry Wells, Graham Wilson, Craig Wing

PLAYED FOR SOUTH SYDNEY AND OTHER COUNTRIES – 73

* Indicates while with Souths

Fred Anderson (South Africa as guest), *Roy Asotasi (New Zealand, Samoa), *Kirisome Auva'a (Samoa), Bobby Banham (New Zealand), Nathan Brown (Italy), *George Burgess (England), Joe Burgess (England), *Sam Burgess (England, Great Britain), *Thomas Burgess (England, Great Britain), John Burke (Britain), *Tevita Cottrell (Fiji), Troy Dargan (Cook Islands), Shannon Donato (Italy), *Adam Doueihi (Lebanon), *Angelo Dymock (Tonga), *David Fa’alogo (New Zealand, Samoa), *Joe Falemaka (Tonga), Robbie Farah (Lebanon), Joe Galuvao (New Zealand), *Edene Gebbie (Papua New Guinea), Henderson Gill (Britain), *Tere Glassie (Cook Islands), Bryson Goodwin (New Zealand), *Terry Hermansson (New Zealand), Phil Howlett (Tonga), Lee Jackson (Britain), *Robert Jennings (Tonga), Jack Johns (Italy), *Alex Johnston (Papua New Guinea), *David Kidwell (New Zealand), *Apisai Koroisau (Fiji), *Jeff Lima (Samoa), Filimone Lolohea (Tonga), Bernie Lowther (New Zealand), *Issac Luke (New Zealand), *Peter Mamouzelos (Greece), Willie Manu (Tonga), *Manase Manuokafoa (Tonga), Darren Maroon (Lebanon), Steven Marsters (Cook Islands), Martin Masella (Tonga), Chris McQueen (England), Mark Minichiello (Italy), *Sitiveni Moceidreke (Fiji), Fuifui Moimoi (New Zealand, Tonga), *Nick Mougios (Greece), *Zane Musgrove (Samoa), *Gene Ngamu (New Zealand), *Michael Oldfield (Tonga), *Eddie Paea (Tonga), David Penna (Italy), Eddy Pettybourne (USA), Tyrone Phillips (Fiji), Gary Price (Britain), Frank Puletua (Samoa), Ian Rubin (Russia), Sean Skelton (South Africa), *Alan Skene (South Africa), Craig Smith (New Zealand), *Jeremy Smith (New Zealand), *Tyran Smith (New Zealand), James Storer (Fiji), Jaydn Su’A (Samoa), Brad Takairangi (New Zealand, Cook Islands), *Fetuli Talanoa (Tonga), *Wallace Tangiiti (Cook Islands), *Tevita Junior Tatola (Tonga), Ben Te'o (Samoa), *Lote Tuqiri (Fiji), Nigel Vagana (New Zealand), *Nigel Vagana (Samoa), Taioalo Junior Vaivai (USA), *Jason Williams (New Zealand), *Marc Zaurrini (Italy)

SOUTH SYDNEY JUNIOR PLAYERS WHO BECAME INTERNATIONALS – 64

Braith Anasta, Bob Banham, Alf Blair, Ray Branighan, Gordon Clifford, Ron Coote, Tevita Cottrell, Les Cowie, Steve Darmody, Shannon Donato, Denis Donoghue, Col Donohoe, Angelo Dymock, Jim Dymock, Harry Finch, Bryan Fletcher, Tere Glassie, Brian Hambly, Ernie Hammerton, Greg Hawick, Terry Hill, Keith Holman, Harold Horder, Alex Johnston, Harry Kadwell, Clem Kennedy, John Kerwick, Mark Kheirallah, Eric Lewis, Reni Maitua, Martin Masella, Bob McCarthy, Trent Merrin, Brian Moore, Brett Mullins, Wally O’Connell, Alf O’Connor, Frank O’Connor, Bryan Orrock, Arthur Oxford, Eddy Pettybourne, Tyrone Phillips, George Piggins, Bernie Purcell, Ian Roberts, Eddie Root, Paul Sait, Craig Salvatori, Jim Serdaris, Eric Simms, Tyran Smith, Bill Spence, Gary Stevens, Brad Takairangi, Fetuli Talanoa, Billy Thompson, George Treweek, Jack Troy, Dylan Walker, Benny Wearing, Jack Why, Perce Williams, Graham Wilson, Craig Wing.

NEW SOUTH WALES STATE OF ORIGIN WHILE WITH SOUTH SYDNEY (1980-CURRENT) - 20

Phil Blake, David Boyle, Tim Brasher, Mark Carroll, Damien Cook, Angus Crichton, Les Davidson, Mario Fenech, Bryan Fletcher, Gary Hambly, Graham Lyons, Tony Melrose, Nathan Merritt, Cameron Murray, Ziggy Niszczot, Tony Rampling, Adam Reynolds, Peter Tunks, Cody Walker, Craig Wing.

QUEENSLAND STATE OF ORIGIN WHILE WITH SOUTH SYDNEY (1980-CURRENT) - 13

Corey Allan, Jai Arrow, Mitch Brennan, Michael Crocker, Dane Gagai, Ashley Harrison, Greg Inglis, Ethan Lowe, Chris McQueen, Julian O'Neill, Jaydn Su’A, David Taylor, Ben Te'o.

STATE OF ORIGIN CAPTAIN WHILE WITH SOUTH SYDNEY (1980-CURRENT) – 1

Greg Inglis (QLD)

STATE OF ORIGIN COACH WHILE WITH SOUTH SYDNEY (1980-CURRENT) – 1

Wayne Bennett (QLD)

STATE OF ORIGIN BEFORE OR AFTER SOUTH SYDNEY (1980-CURRENT) - 31

Braith Anasta (NSW), Jai Arrow (QLD), Royce Ayliffe (NSW), Nathan Brown (NSW), Angus Crichton (NSW), Jim Dymock (NSW), Terry Fahey (NSW), Robbie Farah (NSW), Dane Gagai (QLD), Tim Grant (NSW), Marty Gurr (NSW), David Hall (NSW), Shannon Hegarty (QLD), Terry Hill (NSW), Lindsay Johnston (NSW), Luke Keary (NSW), Matt King (NSW), Adam MacDougall (NSW), Mark McGaw (NSW), Latrell Mitchell (NSW), Adam Muir (NSW), David Peachey (NSW), Nathan Peats (NSW), Ian Roberts (NSW), James Roberts (NSW), Ben Ross (QLD), Craig Salvatori (NSW), Jim Serdaris (NSW), Craig Smith (QLD), Glenn Stewart (NSW), Lote Tuqiri (QLD), Chris Walker (QLD), Rhys Wesser (QLD).

YOUNGEST PLAYER IN FIRST GRADE STARTING TEAM: Les Bell, 15 May 1943 v North Sydney, 17 years 4 months.

YOUNGEST PLAYER IN FIRST GRADE AT ANY STAGE: Paul Mellor, replacement, 30 June 1991 v Gold Coast, 16 years 10 months.

AWARD WINNERS

E.E. CHRISTENSEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR (1946 – 1977): Clive Churchill, 1949, 1950, 1952; Jack Rayner 1953; Ron Coote 1968, 1969

COACH OF THE YEAR (1971 - ): George Piggins 1986, 1989, Anthony Seibold 2018

CLAUDE CORBETT MEMORIAL TROPHY (1946 - ): Clive Churchill 1950, 1954

DALLY M PLAYER OF THE YEAR (1980 - ): Robert Laurie 1980

DALLY M POSITIONAL AND OTHER AWARDS (1980 - ):

Robert Laurie 1980 (Five-eighth of the year); Nathan Gibbs 1980 (Second-rower of the year); Mick Pattison 1981 (Five-eighth of the year); George Piggins 1986 (Coach of the Year); Ian Roberts 1987 (Prop of the year); Phil Blake 1989 (Five-eighth of the year); George Piggins 1989 (Coach of the Year); Matt Parsons 1999 (Prop of the year); Nathan Merritt 2006 (Top try scorer of the year); Chris Sandow 2008 (Rookie of the year); Nathan Merritt 2009 (Peter Frilingos memorial award for headline moment of the year); Nathan Merritt 2011 (Top try scorer of the year); Chris Sandow 2011 (Top point scorer of the year); Adam Reynolds 2012 (Rookie of the year); George Burgess 2013 (Rookie of the year); Greg Inglis 2013 (Fullback of the year, Provan-Summons Medal); Burgess Family 2013 (Peter Frilingos memorial award for headline moment of the year); Sam Burgess 2014 (Lock of the year); Damien Cook 2018 (Hooker of the Year, Provan-Summons Medal); Anthony Seibold 2018 (Coach of the Year); Cameron Murray 2019 (Lock of the Year); Adam Reynolds 2020 (Top Points Scorer of the Year); Alex Johnston 2020 (Ken Irvine Medal for Top Try Scorer of the Year)

RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK PLAYER OF THE YEAR (1970 - ): Bob Grant 1971

ROTHMAN’S MEDAL (1968 - 1996): Denis Pittard 1969, 1971

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD BEST & FAIREST: Clive Churchill 1952; Fred Nelson 1959; Richie Powell 1964; Denis Pittard 1971, 1973

HARRY SUNDERLAND MEDAL (1964 - ): Ron Coote 1970

TELEGRAPH-TCN9 PLAYER OF THE YEAR (1946 – 1967): Ron Coote 1967

KEN STEPHEN CITIZENSHIP AWARD (1988 - ): Michael Andrews 1993

RUGBY LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION (RLIF) INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD (2008 - ): Sam Burgess 2014

GEORGE PIGGINS MEDAL (2003 - ): Bryan Fletcher 2003, Ashley Harrison 2004, Peter Cusack 2005, David Fa’alogo 2006, Roy Asotasi 2007, Luke Stuart 2008, John Sutton 2009, Issac Luke 2010, Nathan Merritt 2011, John Sutton 2012, Greg Inglis/John Sutton 2013, Sam Burgess 2014, Greg Inglis 2015, Sam Burgess 2016, Sam Burgess 2017, Damien Cook 2018, Damien Cook 2019, Cody Walker 2020