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Appearance and Point-Scoring Records

A number of individual player records ranging from first-grade appearances to try-scoring tallies show the dominance of the Club, which includes the most tries scored in a season by any player, the most players with 300 or more appearances for the same Club and the most goals kicked in a match by any one player. 

*as of beginning of 2022

Most First Grade Games for Club

306 Mitchell Aubusson (2007-2020) 228 Kevin Hastings (1976-1987)
302 Anthony Minichiello (2000-2014) 224 Shaun Kenny-Dowall (2007-2017)
301 Luke Ricketson (1991-2005) 217 Brad Fittler (1996-2004)
263 Jake Friend (2008-2021) 203 Isaac Liu (2013-2021)
260 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (2010-present)* 201 Daniel Tupou (2012-present)*
238 Mitchell Pearce (2007-2017) 198 Barry Reilly (1966-1971, 1973-1979)
228 Craig Fitzgibbon (2000-2009) 195 Mark Harris (1970-1979)

*denotes current player

Most Capped: Mitchell Aubusson became the Club's most capped player in 2020, recording 306 games in the Red, White and Blue.
Most Capped: Mitchell Aubusson became the Club's most capped player in 2020, recording 306 games in the Red, White and Blue.

Fan favourite Mitchell Aubusson holds the record for most first-grade appearances in Club history, outlasting champion captains Anthony Minichiello (302) and Luke Ricketson (301) as the trio to hit 300 plus matches in Red, White and Blue.

Two players remain in the 200-club in the current squad, being forward enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (260) and try-scoring phenomenon Daniel Tupou (201).

Most First Grade Games as Captain 

199 Brad Fittler 72 Boyd Cordner
121 Jake Friend 71 Craig Fitzgibbon
98 Braith Anasta 68 Hugh McGahan
85 Ray Stehr 67 Royce Ayliffe
84 Arthur Beetson 62 Dave Brown
78 Terry Fearnley    

Brad Fittler (1996-2004) stands tall as the Club's leader for most games as captain, with just one short of 200 in his eight seasons as skipper.

Champion hooker Jake Friend is the only other captain to notch over 100 games at the helm, from 2015 until his retirement in 2021, while other Premiership-winning captains include Ray Stehr (85), Arthur Beetson (84), Boyd Cordner (72) and Dave Brown (62).

Most Tries for Club

139 Anthony Minichiello (301 games) 91 Brad Fittler (217 games)
121 Shaun Kenny-Dowall (224 games)  88 Mark Harris (195 games)
117 Daniel Tupou (201 games)* 85 Ryan Cross (143 games)
104 Bill Mullins (190 games) 77 Fred Tottey (74 games)
93 Dave Brown (94 games) 76 Rod O'Loan (83 games)

*denotes current player

Sitting at the top of the tryscoring tally for the Club is Anthony Minichiello, who is the only member on the top ten list to record 300 games. Kiwi fan favourite Shaun Kenny-Dowall sits in second place with 121 tries, with current Rooster Daniel Tupou sitting just behind on 117.

Bill Mullins, the first to hit a century of four-pointers for the Club is next, while Immortal and Hall of Famer Dave Brown has an incredible 93 tries from 94 appearances.

Prolific: Anthony Minichiello not only made over 300 appearances for the Roosters, but sits at the top of the Club's try-scoring list, with 139.
Prolific: Anthony Minichiello not only made over 300 appearances for the Roosters, but sits at the top of the Club's try-scoring list, with 139.

Most Tries in a Season

38 Dave Brown, 1935 23 Bill Mullins, 1974
27 Rod O'Loan, 1935 21 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 2010
25 Fred Tottey, 1936 20 Michael Jennings, 2013

Dave Brown's tryscoring feats are in the fabric of Rugby League folklore, where he set a record (which still stands today) by amassing an incredible 38 tries in the 1935 season, which also saw winger Rod O'Loan touch down 27 times.

The following season Fred Tottey scored 25 times in another Premiership season for the Club, and it wouldn't be until 1974 where another player would score more than 20 times in a season being mercurial winger Bill Mullins.

In 2010 Shaun Kenny-Dowall reached 21 tries as the Roosters made the Grand Final, before Michael Jennings dotted down 20 times in 2013, with his final four-pointer sealing the Club's thirteenth title.

Most Tries in a Match

7 Rod O'Loan vs University, Round 5, 1935 5 Dave Brown vs Canterbury, Round 6, 1935
6 Dave Brown vs Canterbury, Round 15, 1935 5 Brian Allsop vs Parramatta, Round 10, 1935
6 Dave Brown vs Balmain, Round 18, 1935 5 Matt Ikuvalu vs North Queensland Cowboys, Round 9, 2020
5 Gordon Wright vs Balmain, Round 10, 1920    

Dave Brown once again features prominently in this list a record three times, however, it's his teammate Rod O'Loan who has the record for the most tries scored in a single match.

In arguably the Club's greatest season in 1935, O'Loan touched down a record seven times against University in Round 5, where the Tricolours notched up a crushing 61-5 victory.

High Five: Matt Ikuvalu (right) became the first player in 55 years to score five tries in a single match for the Club, doing so against the North Queensland Cowboys in Round 9 of the 2020 season.
High Five: Matt Ikuvalu (right) became the first player in 55 years to score five tries in a single match for the Club, doing so against the North Queensland Cowboys in Round 9 of the 2020 season.

Hulking winger Matt Ikuvalu, the most recent addition to the list, became the first player in 55 years to bag five tries in a single match, doing so in Round 9 of the 2020 season against the North Queensland Cowboys. 

Most Points for Club

1454 Craig Fitzgibbon from 228 games (2000-2009) 715 John Brass from 143 games (1969-1976)
903 Allan McKean from 120 games (1967-1973) 679 Latrell Mitchell from 96 games (2016-2019)
722 Ivan Cleary from 81 games (1995-1999)    

No one player boasts the point-scoring record of champion second rower and former captain Craig Fitzgibbon, who broke legendary fullback Allan McKean's record in 2006 before going on to become the first player in Club history to notch 1000 points.

Other prominent point-scorers for the Club include sharpshooter fullback Ivan Cleary (722 points) and dual-Premiership centres John Brass (715 points) and Latrell Mitchell (679 points). 

Sharpshooter: Craig Fitzgibbon was not only renowned for his toughness through the middle of the field, but provided a mountain of points with the boot.
Sharpshooter: Craig Fitzgibbon was not only renowned for his toughness through the middle of the field, but provided a mountain of points with the boot.

Most Points in a Season

284 Ivan Cleary, 1998 255 Todd Carney, 2010
273 Latrell Mitchell, 2019 252 James Maloney, 2013
256 Mike Eden, 1983 248 Latrell Mitchell, 2018

Ivan Cleary holds the distinction of scoring the most points in a season for the Club in 1998, where he scored 13 tries and kicked 116 goals. 

Latrell Mitchell trails him by just ten points in the 2019 season which saw the Club claim their 15th Premiership, while Mike Eden broke Dave Brown's long-standing record of 244 points in 1983.

That season - while the value of tries increased from three points to four - Eden's twelve tries and 103 goals and two field goals would have seen him level with Brown's record. 

Other sharpshooting seasons with the boot include Todd Carney (255 points in 2010), James Maloney (252 points in 2013) and Mitchell again (248 points in 2018).

Most Points in a Match

45 Dave Brown vs Canterbury, Round 6, 1935
38 Dave Brown vs Canterbury, Round 15, 1935
26 Mike Eden vs St George Dragons, Round 21, 1983
26 Latrell Mitchell vs Wests Tigers, Round 8, 2019
26 Latrell Mitchell vs Gold Coast Titans, Round 20, 2019

Three of the greatest point-scorers in Club history have also recorded point-scoring records in matches, with Dave Brown once again holding the all-time record with an incredible 45 points against Canterbury in 1935.

Pointscoring Sensation: Dave Brown proved to be prolific with the boot, holding records that still stand today.
Pointscoring Sensation: Dave Brown proved to be prolific with the boot, holding records that still stand today.

Brown piled on another 38 points against the competition's new side later that season, while Mike Eden nailed 11 goals and scored a try to tally 26 points against St George in his record-breaking season.

Most recently, powerful centre Latrell Mitchell tallied 26 points twice in the same season, with three tries and seven goals against the Wests Tigers before a brace and nine goals against the Gold Coast Titans in a dominant 2019 season.

Most Goals in a Match

15 Dave Brown vs Canterbury, Round 6, 1935 10 Dave Brown vs Canterbury, Round 15, 1935
11 Mike Eden vs St George Dragons, Round 21, 1983 10 Allan McKean vs Parramatta Eels, Round 4, 1972
10 Wally Messenger vs Western Suburbs, Round 12, 1916 10 James Maloney vs Wests Tigers, Round 23, 2013

Eastern Suburbs' Round 6 match against Canterbury in 1935 garnered a host of records, with another one centering around the incredible Dave Brown - which saw him kick a record fifteen goals.

Mike Eden's effort against St George is second with eleven, while Wally Messenger (1916 vs Western Suburbs), Brown (1935 vs Canterbury), Allan McKean (1972 vs Parramatta Eels) and James Maloney (2013 vs Wests Tigers) have all hit double digits in the goal-kicking department in a single match. 

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