Terry Randall

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Terry Randall
Personal information
Full name Terry William Randall
Nickname Igor
Born (1951-02-05) 5 February 1951 (age 63)
Sydney, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Second-row, Prop, Lock, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1970–82 Manly-Warringah 208 21 0 1 65
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1973–78 New South Wales 13 0 0 0 0
1973–77 Australia 12 4 0 0 12
1976–78 NSW City 3 1 0 0 3
Source: RLP and Yesterday's Hero

Terry William "Igor" Randall (born 5 February 1951 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian former rugby league footballer who played for the Manly-Warringah club in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership. He also represented New South Wales and Australia. He began his career in 1970 as a Centre, but soon after in 1972 was switched to the forwards by coach Ron Willey, primarily playing in the Second-row.

He is the father of Chad Randall who made his debut for Manly in 2003. Chad currently plays at Hooker for the London Broncos in the Super League competition.

Club career[edit]

Manly-Warringah[edit]

He was regarded for his defence, in which is he is noted as one of, if not the, hardest tacklers in the history of the game. In a testament to his toughness and talent, Randall never started one of his 208 games for the Sea Eagles from the bench. Terry was rewarded for his toughness when named as one of the toughest 12 players in Rugby League.

Randall played in the second-row in Manly's first ever NSWRFL premiership win in 1972. He backed that up by also playing in Manly's 1973, 1976 and 1978 premiership wins.

During the 1978 season, Terry Randall became the first player to receive a perfect 10 rating by Rugby League Week in Manly's 19-5 win over St. George at Brookvale Oval.

Terry Randall made an on-the-spot decision to retire from playing immediately following Manly's 8-21 loss to defending premiers, the Parramatta Eels in the 1982 Grand Final, telling his team mates as they left the field that he had simply "had enough" (the decision was so sudden, he had not even discussed it with his wife beforehand). Randall hung his boots on a hook in the Sydney Cricket Ground dressing rooms and never played again.

Long remembered by adoring Sea Eagles fans, signs appeared in the crowd at Brookvale Oval during Manly's 1987 premiership year telling second rower Ron Gibbs to "Give back Randall's jumper" after it was revealed that "Rambo" Gibbs (himself a hard tackler like Igor) would leave Manly at the end of the year to play for the Gold Coast Giants for their inaugural year in 1988.

Representative career[edit]

City[edit]

Terry Randall first played for NSW City in 1976, scoring a try in City's 46-0 thrashing of NSW Country at the SCG. He went on to represent City again in both 1977 and 1978.

New South Wales[edit]

Randall made his debut for New South Wales from the bench in a rare 10-11 loss to Queensland at the Sydney Sports Ground in 1972. He would go on to represent The Blues 13 times during his career, playing his last interstate game in NSW's 12-11 win over Qld at Lang Park in 1978.

Australia[edit]

Randall was selected for the Australian team on the 1973 Kangaroo tour, but a broken thumb suffered on tour restricted him to only five minor games and he did not play in a test. He first represented Australia during the 1975 World Cup, playing in the front row in Australia's 36-8 win over New Zealand at Lang Park, scoring a try on debut. He went on to play in 11 internationals for Australia during his career, the last coming in Australia's 13-12 win over Great Britain at the SCG during the 1977 World Cup.

Randall was selected for the 1978 Kangaroo tour, but pulled out of the squad citing exhaustion after Manly's arduous finals campaign in 1978 where the Sea Eagles played 6 matched in 24 days, including the drawn Grand Final against Cronulla-Sutherland and the replay played just three days later. During the finals series Randall was often only able to take his place on the side after receiving numerous pain killing injections. He later regretted his decision not to tour with the victorious 1978 Kangaroos.

Ironically, Randall did not play in an actual test match during his international career. All of his full international games for the Australian side came during the 1975 and 1977 Rugby League World Cup's, though statistically World Cup games are counted as test matches.

Administration[edit]

Following his retirement, Randall moved into the administrative side of rugby league and became a long time board member of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

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