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Ferris Ashton

1926 - 2013

The Sydney Roosters have been saddened to hear about the passing of club and rugby league legend, Ferris Ashton.

A life member of the Roosters, 86 year-old Ferris passed away late this afternoon following a brief illness.

Roosters player number 374, Ferris was a loyal clubman who played for Easts after serving in the Navy during the latter part of the Second World War. He played 84 games for the club from 1950-1956, captained Easts during the mid-1950s and was captain-coach in 1954. He also represented his state and country in the game of rugby league.

The club extends their heartfelt sympathies to Ashtons wife Patricia and to their children Michael, Michelle, Kelly and Greg and their families.

His legacy and passion for our proud club and the game of rugby league will never be forgotten.

Ferris Arthur Ferdie Ashton

Born: August 21, 1926, Darlinghurst, NSW

Junior Football: Bronte/Bondi United

Club: Eastern Suburbs

Position: Second Row

Premiership Career 1950-56: Played 84. Tries 20, Points 60

First Grade Debut: Easts v Balmain at Drummoyne Oval, 25/4/1950 (Rd 5)

Australia: Tests 8 (1952-53)

New South Wales: Matches 5 (1952-53)

City Firsts: 1952

City Seconds: 1954

Other information: Served with the Australian Navy 1944-47

Toured with the Kangaroos 1952-53

Toured New Zealand with the Australian team 1953

Captain-coached Easts 1954

Source: David Middleton

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