Ron Bailey

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Ron Bailey
Personal information
Full name Ronald Bailey
Born (1914-03-03)3 March 1914
Mayfield, New South Wales, Australia
Died 21 June 1989(1989-06-21) (aged 75)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Position Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1937 Newtown Bluebags 8 3 0 0 9
1937–39 Huddersfield
1940–41 Waratah Mayfield
1941–46 Canterbury-Bankstown 81 30 0 0 90
Total 89 33 0 0 99
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1936 Newcastle
1945–46 Country NSW
1945–46 New South Wales 5 2 0 0 6
1946 Australia 2 1 0 0 3
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1941 Canterbury-Bankstown 14 9 0 5 64
Source: Yesterday's Hero

Ron Bailey (1914–1989) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1930s and 40s. He was a New South Wales Country, New South Wales, and Australian representative whose club career was played with Waratah Mayfield, Newtown Bluebags, Huddersfield, and Canterbury-Bankstown in Sydney. He captained his country in one Test in 1946 and was the first Canterbury-Bankstown player to do so.

Club career[edit]

Bailey was graded with the Waratah Mayfield club at age 18, then represented for Country in 1935-36. In 1936 he came to the attention of Sydney talent scouts when he represented for Newcastle against a touring English side, downing the visitors 21-6.

Bailey came to Sydney for Newtown Bluebags in 1937 and playing at Centre alongside Frank Hyde helped Newtown to win the City Cup that year.

He accepted an offer to join Huddersfield in England in 1937 and played two seasons there at Loose forward/Lock.

Ron Bailey returned to Australia at the outbreak of World War II and after another season at Waratah Mayfield joined Canterbury-Bankstown as captain-coach in 1941 back at centre. Canterbury won a premiership under Bailey in 1941.

Representative career[edit]

After the war Bailey made his state and national representative debuts. He played five games for New South Wales against Queensland, and visiting English sides. He played two games for Australia against Great Britain in 1946, the second of those as captain.

With no international fixtures scheduled in 1947 Bailey had played his last Test in 1946. He played out the 1947-48 seasons as captain-coach with West Maitland before his retirement.

Sources[edit]

  • Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney

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