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Ray Stehr

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Player Bio

Date of Birth:
24 January 1913
Warialda, NSW
Debut Team:
Eastern Suburbs
20 April 2021
Sydney Sports Ground


Ray Stehr, Sydney Rooster #190, 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 174 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. He won additional premierships with Easts in 1940 and 1945.

Hall Of Fame | Ray Stehr

After retirement in 1946, he 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. He was also club president at Easts.

In 1961 he was the commentator for the first Australian Rugby League match ever broadcast live. His typical sign-off call in the media was always "Easts To Win!”.  

"The only thing I'm asking is that no player leaves the field with anything less than a broken arm or leg."

Ray Stehr To his teammates before the 1940 Grand Final

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