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Who was/is the greatest ever clubman at your club. This is not an official recognition just some selected comments from knowledgable supporters of respective clubs both north and south of the equator who have nominated club legends.

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Balmain ... Greatest Clubman Nominations / Stories

From Ozbash. from League Unlimited Rugby League Forum

for me it would be a non player, laurie nichols for balmain. that man was rugby league.
freeman for balmain

( From Quigs ... See video of Laurie in action @ around the 3.30min count of this video
1st Test ... Kangaroos -v- the Poms 1982 (Its freezing cold and Laurie is in his T Shirt)

Laurie Nichols during the 1st test Australia - the Poms 1982
24/5/2012 ...pssts here I just got this pic



From Balmain Boy . from League Unlimited Rugby League Forum

Keith Barnes. 199 appearances for Balmain (4th behind Jack, Benny and Sirro), captain of the Kangaroos and appearing in 3 GFs for the Tigers. Was one of the men that refused to sell Balmain's soul to Super league. To cap it off, he is just a brilliant man. Although i've only met him a few times, you can see what a geuninely lovely bloke he is..




From Darth Bobo. from Leauge Unlimited Rugby League Forum

For mind it was Blocker, Junior, Sirro, Benny and Jimmy Jack because all had a chance to leave for more dollars but chose the club and thier mates instead.

Barnes gets an honourable mention for keeping them together and for giving so much to the Tigers himself but he was before my time as far as his playing days.



From Mighty Bears. from League Unlimited Rugby League Forum

kevin hardwicke, with neil, pearce and kerry hemsley he did all the tackling/actual work




From JJ. from League Unlimited Rugby League Forum

Balmain - Wayne Pearce





From Mighty Bears. from League Unlimited Rugby League Forum

historically
keith barnes played all his footy in sydney for the tigers, late 50's? to 68
retired the year before they won in 1969
and started a host of various admin roles in 1970, that last for decades?
more than 30 years a tiger.




From Quigs. from EOTB

My two bobs worth, I have to agree with Ozbash first, when it comes to Balmain there is only one, Laurie Nichols.
I take my hat off to Keith Barnes, Wayne Pearce and the band of other loyal servants. The Hardwicks, Neil, etc.


From Grant Kelly, Penrith. submitted to EOTB 27/3/2005

How can Laurie Nicholls get a mention on this website. Has there ever been a better supporter of a club? Was it possible that he was mad? Shadow Boxing, singlet wearing, touring with the kangaroos. Throwing uppercuts when the Black and Gold were on a roll. Had a soft spot for the Chocolate soldiers as he lived in the nearby Blue Mountains. Passed away before Balmain merged with Wests.




From veronica Rushbrooke,Cardwell, Qld, Australia submitted to EOTB 01/10/2005

My greatest clubman is: Laurie Nichols? The man I knew as 'Uncle Snow'. He is my uncle and a much loved uncle at that. Now he has gone I feel I have to defend his dedicated following of Balmain. He was an absolute supporter of Balmain and had yellow and black blood running through his veins!!! No he wasn't mad! He was a person that gave himself totally to his team. He was one of them. Punching in the air and getting the croud riled up yelling 'tigers, tigers, tigers,' was his way of showing the team how dedicated he was. We love you Uncle Snow and I know your up there directing the Tigers for the Grand Final of 2005



From Kellie Heritage, Forest Hill, Australia (07/060/2006)
I wish to nominate kerry hemsley. he was loyal to the balmain tigers, a very hard player and is still a legend today.





"I posted a thread on several Rugby League Forums in the UK and Australia and above are some of the responses. No major correspondence will be entered into but further comments are always welcome. Where there has been a detailed response then I will link it to another page for the convienience of reading it at your leisure. Of course this blockhead is not familiar with clubs from the northern hemisphere so I have relied on the goodwill of those submitting comments" - Quigs.

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