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Title: ... p82 - Ken Irvine - Article from an old RL website 11/5/2004

Story from an outdated RL website 11/05/2004

Ken Irvine's Brilliance

The completion of the Harbour Bridge signalled a decline in the working class population, and Rugby Union grew with the influx of 'toffs' in the area.

Norths suffered as a result, but their junior ranks recieved a major boost in 1958 when Mosman sprinter Ken Irvine ditched plans to trial for the 1960 Olympics, and turned Rugby League.

Irvine was a sensation for the Bears (as they were now known), and put in 12 years of loyal service for the bears, before spending his twilight seasons with Manly.

In 16 seasons, Irvine amassed a current premiership record of 212 tries from 236 games.

This is almost an amazing 1 try per match!

He bettered this playing for NSW, scoring 28 tries from just 23 games, but his crowning achievement must surely be the 33 tries he scored in 31 tests, better than 1 try in every test!

Ken Irvine joined Norths during a period which threatened to see them challenge for the premiership.

They won both lower grade grand finals in 1959, and Irvine was the leading tryscorer in the premiership with 19 tries.

Sadly, premiership success was to avoid him.

In 1969, as captain, he led the side in a walk off the field during a game against Canterbury!

Irvine's career repersents a highlight not only to Norths, but to the sport as a whole.

The great man, sadly, died of leukemia in 1991, aged 50.

Appears in the following pages ....P82_Ken IRVINE
Date of posting ... 11-May-2004
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