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Hall Of Fame

The Sydney Roosters Hall of Fame comprises of 9 of the greatest players to have pulled on the famous Red, White and Blue. 

 

Dally Messenger (Player No. 18)

Hall Of Fame | Dally Messenger

Dally Messenger was Rugby League’s first 'star player’ and seen by many as the catalyst for the establishment of the code, controversially converting from rugby union in August 1907.

Between 1908 and 1913 he played 48 games for Easts and seven tests for Australia. He was a powerful runner of the ball, a solid defender and could kick goals from anywhere on the field.

His teammate Dan Frawley once said of Messenger, “Nobody but Dally ever knew what was going to happen when he got the ball. His teammates were often as mystified as the opposition.”

Dave Brown (Player No. 202)

Hall Of Fame | Dave Brown

Dave Brown is well known as one of Easts' most prolific point scorers and is referred to as the ‘Bradman of League’, playing 94 games for the Tricolours between 1930 and 1931 and coaching the Club on 84 occasions.

In the Club's famous 1935 season, only losing one game en route to the Premiership, Brown scored 38 tries, a record that still stands today. 

Donning his trademark leather headgear, Brown would dominate the Rugby League scene for both the Roosters and Australia, becoming the youngest player to captain the Kangaroos at only 22 years of age. 

Jack Gibson (Player No. 418)

Hall Of Fame | Jack Gibson

Jack Gibson AM is renowned as the most legendary coach in modern Rugby League, taking Easts to two Premierships in 1974 and 1975 while also making his first-grade debut for the Tricolours in 1953 and earning a reputation for being a tough and uncompromising forward.

Gibson played 123 games for Easts between 1953 and 1961 before making the switch to coaching in 1967. That year he took Easts to the finals after the Club failed to record a win in 1966.

In 1974 and 1975 he took what is remembered as one of the best ever Easts teams to consecutive premierships. 'Supercoach' introduced a number of new coaching techniques and applications including video previews, skinfold testing, introducing the use of weights machines and creating an overall program of rehabilitation and fitness conditioning, now referred to as a high-performance unit.

In 1988 Gibson received an Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to Rugby League.

Arthur Beetson (Player No. 615)

Hall Of Fame | Arthur Beetson

Arthur Beetson is one of Rugby League’s thirteen immortals and is often referred to as the best prop Australia has ever seen. He is also one of Rugby League's most well respected and liked characters.

Arthur played 131 games for Easts between 1971 and 1978, captaining the 1974 and 1975 Premiership-winning teams, and coached the club between 1985 and 1988, earning the ‘Coach of the Year’ award in 1987.

In 2003 he was inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame.

In 2008 - the code's Centenary year - Beetson was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for the best player on the field for the 1974 Grand Final, as well as being named in Rugby League’s Team of the Century, Queensland's Team of the Century, and the Indigenous Team of the Century.

Jack Gibson once said of Arthur Beetson, “He could do it all on the football field and he could sell tickets. He was an entertainer and a great player.”

Brad Fittler (Player No. 948)

Hall Of Fame | Brad Fittler

Brad Fittler is one of the modern game's greatest players.

He joined the Roosters in 1996 after debuting for Penrith in 1991, playing nine seasons for the Club, missing only 24 games in that time. He captained the Roosters to the Club's famous Premiership victory in 2002, and led the side to Grand Finals in 2003 and 2004.

Between 1996 and 2004 Fittler played 217 games, and with a total of 409 first-class games played (both club and representative). He is also the youngest player to ever debut for NSW, at 18 years and 114 days.

Fittler was appointed interim coach in late 2007 after the resignation of Chris Anderson and was given the job full time for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In 2008 he took the Sydney Roosters to fourth place and into the finals series, coaching the club for a total of 58 games.

Ray Stehr (Player No. 190)

Hall Of Fame | Ray Stehr

Stehr was aged just 16 years and 85 days when he made his regular competition debut - still the youngest ever first-grade Australian player to do so.

He played 184 games for Eastern Suburbs between 1929-46 and was a member of the side that lost just one match over the three seasons between 1935, 1936 and 1937, winning the Premiership across each of those seasons, winning additional Premierships with Easts in 1940 and 1945.

After retirement in 1946, Stehr remained involved with the game, coaching Manly in 1947-48 and Easts in 1949. He later wrote a column for many years in a Sydney newspaper and worked in television media, and was also club president at Easts.

In 1961 he was the commentator for the first Australian Rugby League match ever broadcast live, with his signature sign-off always being "Easts To Win!”

Dick Dunn (Player No. 253)

Hall Of Fame | Dick Dunn

A local junior, Dick Dunn played in Easts’ Grand Final over Canterbury in 1940 but is best remembered for his phenomenal performance in 1945 decider.

Playing lock, Dunn scored 19 of his side’s 22 points (three tries and five goals) in a brilliant effort to sink Balmain, and would finish his career with 124 for Easts between 1938 and 1947. 

Dunn was also Head Coach of Easts in 1960 and 1962-1963 and was later Vice President of the NSWRL, a chairman of the judiciary and co-manager of Australia’s tour of New Zealand in 1971. Dunn became a Member of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1986.

Ron Coote (Player No. 625)

Hall Of Fame | Ron Coote

Ron Coote AM was famous for his outstanding cover defence and low tackling technique and is widely considered as one of the nation’s finest footballers of the 20th century.

He was a key member of the Roosters back-to-back Premiership-winning sides in 1974 and 1975 and played a total of 109 games for the Club.

After football, Coote remained involved with the game as a member of NSWRL judiciary for much of the 1990s, and in 2000 he founded the Men of League program which supports former players, officials and referees and remains the program’s President.

Coote was inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2005, The Rugby League Team of the Century, was named in the list of Australia’s 100 Greatest Players in 2007 to celebrate the code’s centenary year in Australia. He is a Member of the Order of Australia.

The Ron Coote Cup, contested annually by the Sydney Roosters and foundation rivals the  South Sydney Rabbitohs is named in his honour.

Kevin Hastings (Player No. 674)

Hall Of Fame | Kevin Hastings

Kevin ‘Horrie’ Hastings, is the first clubman to play 200 first grade games for the Roosters, holding the record for the number of first-grade games for Easts at 228 until broken by Luke Ricketson in 2005.

Playing with the Club between 1976-87, Hastings garnered almost every major individual award in the early 1980s, winning the Rothmans Medal in 1981 and named the Dally M Halfback of the Year in three consecutive years (1980-82). From 1980-82 he was also named Rugby League Week’s Player of the Year.