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1960 - 1969

The 1960s began with a bang for Easts in a positive following the disappointments of the decade prior.

But after great promise, results began to waver, culminating in the Club's worst season in history in 1966, losing all eighteen matches and finishing with their third wooden spoon in four seasons. 

There was light at the end of the tunnel however, as a young Jack Gibson took the coaching reigns in the latter part of the decade, which also saw the Club officially adopt the Rooster as its logo. And the rest, they say, is history. 

 

1960 - A Thrilling Season

For the past six seasons, Eastern Suburbs had failed to gain momentum and made the top four, but in 1960 it all came together and clicked.

Dick Dunn was appointed as coach - and appropriately led the side to the Club's first decider since the 1945 final which he famously starred in the 22-18 victory. 

Front rowers Jack Gibson and Terry Fearnley shared the captaincy duties 

Easts defeated every single opponent at least once during the season - including the great St George side coming off their fourth consecutive Premiership - in a famous 7-4 triumph at the Sydney Sports Ground. 

 

Played: 23
Won: 14
Lost: 9
Drawn: 0
Final Position: Runners Up

 

1961 - 

Played: 18
Won: 9
Lost: 8
Drawn: 1
Final Position: Fifth

 

1962 - 

 

Played: 18
Won: 9
Lost: 8
Drawn: 1
Final Position: Fifth

 

1963 - 

 

Played: 18
Won: 3
Lost: 15
Drawn: 0
Final Position: Tenth (Wooden Spoon)

 

1964 -

 

Played: 18
Won: 2
Lost: 16
Drawn: 0
Final Position: Ninth

 

1965 -

 

Played: 18
Won: 3
Lost: 14
Drawn: 1
Final Position: Tenth (Wooden Spoon)

 

1966 - Rock Bottom

 

Played: 18
Won: 0
Lost: 18
Drawn: 0
Final Position: Tenth (Wooden Spoon)

 

1967 - Here Come the Roosters

Jack Gibson - the man who led the Club to the 1960 decider - takes the reigns as Head Coach, making an immediate impact on the side.

 

Competition expands to 12 teams with introduction of Cronulla-Sutherland and Penrith

Played: 23
Won: 13
Lost: 8
Drawn: 2
Final Position: Semi-Finalists

 

1968 - Building Confidence

Played: 23
Won: 14
Lost: 8
Drawn: 1
Final Position: Semi-Finalists

Gibson's men proved that 1967 was no fluke with another winning season which culminated in another semi-final finish.

Season 1968 also marked the first time that the ironic Rooster logo was embroidered onto the jersey - 

 

 

1969 - 

Played: 22
Won: 8
Lost: 13
Drawn: 1
Final Position: Ninth