Jack Beaton

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Jack Beaton
Kangaroo Debutants 1936.jpg
Beaton(l) on his Austn debut 1936
Personal information
Full name John James Beaton
Born 1914
Yass, New South Wales, Australia
Died 1996 (aged 81–82)
Five Dock, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1934–38 Eastern Suburbs 38 18 62 0 178
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1934–37 New South Wales 13 45
1936–38 Australia 10 1 14 0 31
Source: Rugby League Project and Yesterday's Hero

John Beaton (1914–1996) was an Australian rugby league player, a national representative of the 1930s whose club career was played with Sydney's Eastern Suburbs club. He has been named amongst the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century.[1]

Early life and club career[edit]

Originally from Yass, New South Wales, Beaton moved to Sydney where he attended St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, enjoying a successful schoolboy rugby union career. Beaton took up a role as captain with a country side in Lismore, New South Wales, before moving back to Sydney the following season to join up with the Eastern Suburbs club.

Beaton, who was better known as a fullback or centre was an extremely versatile player who could play anywhere in the backline. From his debut with club in 1934 till his retirement at the end of the 1937 season Easts lost just 4 matches. He played in some of the Tricolours greatest teams during his brief career, winning 3 premierships with the club and was runner-up in his only other year. Beaton retired at just 24 years of age to take up a business opportunity.

Representative and honours[edit]

He was first selected for New South Wales in 1934 and made 13 appearances up til his retirement in 1937. Beaton played in ten Test matches for Australia debuting against England in 1936. He was selected for the 1937 Kangaroo tour, played in all five Tests plus 22 minor matches and returned as the tour's top point-scorer with 124points(6 tries and 53 goals).

In February 2008, Beaton 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.[2] He had previously been named as a reserve in Eastern Suburbs 'Team Of The Century'.

Beaton (back row 4th from right) with 1937-38 Kangaroos


Sources[edit]

  • Middleton, David Rugby League Yearbook
  • Whiticker, Alan & Hudson, Glen (2006) The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, Gavin Allen Publishing, Sydney

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