Eddie Lumsden

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Eddie Lumsden
Personal information
Full name Edmund Lumsden
Nickname Gumleaves
Born (1935-09-28) 28 September 1935 (age 79)
Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–55 Kurri Kurri
1955 Manly-Warringah 4 1 0 0 3
1957–66 St. George 158 136 17 0 442
Total 162 137 17 0 445
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1957–63 New South Wales 19 14 7 0 56
1959–63 Australia 15 4 0 0 12
Source: NRL Stats

Eddie Lumsden (born 28 September 1935[1] in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales) is an Australian former rugby league player. He was a winger with the St. George Dragons during their eleven-year premiership winning run from 1956 to 1966, playing in nine grand finals. Lumsden is one of four brothers who all played for Country. Jack Lumsden played for Manly and Australia. Eddie Lumsden's twin, Richie, and his other brother, Ray, were both "bush footballers".[1]

Playing career[edit]

Lumsden moved from Kurri Kurri in 1955 to play with Sydney's Manly-Warringah club. After just four games he was ruled ineligible on the grounds he didn't reside in the area.

In 1956 Lumsden represented for Country seconds and while playing for Country he was seen by St. George. He was offered £300 and a job with the water board. In his debut Sydney season in 1957 represented for both Sydney firsts and New South Wales in 1957.

He was the competition's leading try scorer in 1958 (18 tries) and 1962 (21 tries). He was the second post-war player after Ian Moir to score a century of tries. He gained selection in the Australia national team, becoming Kangaroo No. 346.[2] On the 1959-60 Kangaroo tour he played in all six Tests and 21 minor tour matches scoring 25 tries in total, topping both the try-scoring list and tally for most matches played by an Australian on the tour. Becoming a regular selection for Australia, he played against France in 1961; Great Britain in the 1962 Ashes series; New Zealand New Zealand in 1963; with his last Test appearance against South Africa in 1963. He reached this milestone in his 100th game during the 1963 season.

He retired from the game after the Dragons' eleventh consecutive premiership in 1966.

Post-playing[edit]

After working as a wine merchant Lumsden enjoyed business success managing, then buying and selling hotels. He was awarded Life Membership of the St. George Dragons in 1969. [3] Lumsden became a rugby league selector in 1977 for Country and NSW, spending 23 years in the position, and 14 years as an Australian selector.[1]

Accolades[edit]

In February 2008, Lumsden was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[4]

In 2010 he was named on the wing in Kurri Rugby League Club's team of the century.[5]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tony Adams. "Legend Q&A". Rugby League Week (Sydney, NSW: PBLMedia) (11 July 2007): pgs 22–23. 
  2. ^ ARL annual report 2005, page 54
  3. ^ Dragons- our proud history.com
  4. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League - The Players". NRL & ARL. 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  5. ^ cessnockadvertiser.com.au (21 July 2010). "Kurri Rugby League Club announces Team of the Century". The Advertiser. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 

References[edit]

  • Writer, Larry (1995) Never Before, Never Again, Pan MacMillan, Sydney
  • Whiticker, Alan and Hudson, Glen (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. p. 609. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1. 
  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney
  • Tony Adams. "Legend Q&A". Rugby League Week (Sydney, NSW: PBLMedia) (11 July 2007): pgs 22–23.