Harold Crocker

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Harold Crocker
Personal information
Nickname Mick
Born (1927-12-14) 14 December 1927 (age 86)[1]
Playing information
Weight 14.5 st (92 kg)[2]
Position Lock, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
194?–53 Souths (Brisbane)
1954–55 Parramatta 24 4 0 0 12
Total 24 4 0 0 12
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1949–53 Queensland 19
1950–55 Australia 17 3 0 0 6

Harold "Mick" Crocker is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the mid-20th century. An Australian international and Queensland interstate representative back-row forward,[3] he played his club career in Brisbane with Souths[4] and in Sydney with Parramatta.

After a successful career as a Queensland and then Australian international representative, in the 1954 pre-season Crocker signed a then record one-season deal for an Australian to move south and play for Sydney club Parramatta in order to assist his family who had lost their home in a fire the previous year.[5] Parramatta finished the 1954 NSWRFL season with the wooden spoon however. In the post season Crocker was selected for the Australian national team's campaign for the 1954 Rugby League World Cup tournament, the first ever, which was held in France. Crocker didn't play in the Kangaroos' first match which was lost to Great Britain, but was selected as a second-row forward for the second match against New Zealand which Australia won. He played in the third match against France which the Australians lost, meaning they would fail to reach the final. The following season was Crocker's last in the NSWRFL Premiership's first grade.[6]

In 2009 Crocker was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Queensland representative players at Queensland Rugby League website
  2. ^ "Easy League win by N.S.W" 23 June 1949 The Sydney Morning Herald
  3. ^ "The 1950s Maroon Renaissance" by Sean Fagan (rl1908.com)
  4. ^ "Souths Logan Magpies" at Queensland Rugby League website
  5. ^ "Crocker will play here" 20 January 1954 The Sydney Morning Herald
  6. ^ Mick Crocker at yesterdayshero.com.au
  7. ^ "Mr Mick Crocker". Queensland Sport Hall of Fame. qsport.org.au. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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