Ken McCaffery

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Ken McCaffery
Personal information
Born 1929
Playing information
Position Back
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948–50 Easts (Sydney) 50 12 9 0 54
1951–54 Souths (Toowoomba)
1955–56 Fortitude Valley
1957–59 North Sydney 30 10 2 0 34
Total 80 22 11 0 88
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1951–55 Queensland[1] 16 7 0 0 21
1953–57 Australia 12 8 0 0 24
1953–?? American All Stars

Ken McCaffery is an Australian former rugby league footballer, commentator and administrator. He started playing first grade rugby league with Sydney's Easts club in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership in 1948. After three seasons with them he was persuaded to move to Toowoomba by legendary Queensland footballer Duncan Thompson. In his first year playing in Toowoomba McCaffery was selected to represent Queensland. The following year he was selected to play for the Kangaroos, appearing in his first test in 1953 and playing for Australia in the 1954 World Cup. He moved to the city to play in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership with the Fortitude Valley club in 1955. Having become Queensland captain, McCaffery returned to Sydney to play with Norths from 1957.[2] That year he was part of the 1957 World Cup-winning Australian side. He lent his vast experience to the Norths club but suffered a shoulder injury and retired after two seasons.

Post-playing, McCaffery became a commentator with Channel 9, School's Liaison Officer for the NSWRFL and Assistant Secretary to the NSWRFL before being approached to take on the Club Secretary role at Canterbury after the 'coup' of 1969.[3] A decade later he moved back to Norths as club secretary. Credited with bringing Mark Graham and Mitchell Cox to the club, he also battled to improve the image and financial position of the Bears. In 1982 McCaffery sacked successful coach Ron Willey and later appointed Greg Hawick, who had not coached in Sydney for almost 20 years. Hawick resigned in 1985 and McCaffery was voted out of office the following year. Ken has since retired and become a publican in Lismore. His son Paul also played for Norths in the 1980s.


  1. ^ Queensland Rugby League. "Queensland Representatives". Archived from the original on 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  2. ^ North Sydney Bears. "Ken McCaffery". Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  3. ^ "Player Profile - Ken McCaffery". Retrieved 2008-09-30. 

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