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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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Eastern Suburbs ... Greatest Clubman Nominations / Stories

From Melon. from League Unlimited Rugby League Forum

Horrie Hastings....a champion and a gentleman. The best halfback never to play for Australia after QRL politics dictated to the ARL that a Queenslander had to be inculded in the Kangaroo Tour. It should have been Mortimer, Sterling and Hastings on merit...instead Hastings missed out for Muppet Murray to shut the whinging QLDers up.

Horrie...a greaqt clubman.

From JJ. from League Unlimited Rugby League Forum

Roosters - Luke Ricketson


From Quigs EOTB,
Horrie Hastings for mine, he was a "real" club man..


From Tommy Smith from League Unlimited Rugby League Forum,

Ray Stehr, Kevin Hastings, Luke Ricketson


From Southern Rooster. from League Unlimited Rugby League Forum

Since I started supporting the Roosters in 1984 as a player there has been none more loayal to the Red, White and Blue cause then Luke Ricketson a guy who has followed the club since a kid and whose father also had a good career at the club with a GF in 1960. Luke started in 1991 at the Roosters in the centres against Mal Meninga of all people and scored a try in a win. He has given a lot to the club and hopefully gets to play 20 games in 2005 to reach 330 first grade games for the club.

But for mine Arthur Beetson would be arguably our greatest clubman. Sure he had time at Balmain and Parra. But for the best part of the last 35 years he has been involved in our club at some level. In the 70's as a great player and captain and then during the 80's (The Transit lounge lean years) he was a coach and whilst the team never made finals they were competitive.
Recently and more importantly during the reformation of our club Arthur was given the responsibility of being recruitment officer and he (with Noel Cleal perhaps) are the best in the business. He is always around the club is approachable and will have a chat over a beer about the game and the club. He loves both very dearly and for mine he is the greatest clubman and arguably greatest player we have ever had. .


From Tim Boehm, Ashfield NSW submitted to the Era 24/6/05

My greatest clubman is: For a long time, my vote went to Horrie Hastings because of his ability to keep things moving and create something if it wasn't happening.

However, I have watched LUKE RICKETSON'S career from almost day 1 and would have to say, that he is a TRUE CLUBMAN. A rarity these days to find a one-club player.

It doesn't stop there - his determination to stick through the bad times early on right through to the successful (twilight) years shows just how much this guy has evolved.

A lanky young player starting out in the centres has bloomed into an aging fine second rower, who punishes any player willing to get in the way. As well, will run the lengths needed to keep the opposition away from the tryline.

Watching him gradually gain representative stripes has been a true reward for not only him but for his supporters who have enjoyed Luke's career.

I would have to agree with television commentator Ray Warren, that Luke Ricketson is the sort of player you'd go to war with'.

Although not an understatement, he also has been a fine example to the young up and comers to the greatest game of all



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