Arthur Oxford

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Arthur Thomas Oxford (1895–1980) was an Australian rugby league footballer, a state and national representative whose club career was played with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs from 1915 to 1929.

Club career[edit]

A noted point scorer, Oxford played with South Sydney Rabbitohs for 7 seasons between 1915-1921. He won a premiership with Souths in NSWRL season 1918.

Oxford then switched to Sydney Roosters for another 7 seasons between 1922-1929, winning the premiership with them in NSWRL season 1923.

In 1920 he kicked a then record 23 successive goals in club matches for South Sydney Rabbitohs. In the season 1923, he was the NSW Rugby Football League's top point scorer with 113 points (5 tries and 49 goals). Oxford was also Captain of Sydney Roosters on many occasions.

In 1927 he overtook Harold Horder's record for the most points scored in an NSWRFL career (758); Oxford's eventual total of 864 stood as the new career record for twenty seasons until it was bettered by Tom Kirk in 1946. Oxford's total club career tally over fourteen seasons was 36 tries and 136 goals for 864 points.[1]

Arthur Oxford is the Sydney Roosters player number 127.[2]

Representative career[edit]

He represented for New South Wales in twenty-two matches against Queensland from 1919 - 1924. He made five Test appearances in the Australia national rugby league team touring against New Zealand in 1919 and later against Great Britain. In 1925 during a season as captain-coach of Rockhampton in Queensland he was selected as a Queensland representative, playing one match in 1925.

Family[edit]

His son, also called Arthur Oxford, played first grade for Sydney Roosters in the 1944, 1948,1949 and 1950. His cousin, Aub Oxford (1915-2003) was a lower grade player who went on to become a top-grade and international level referee and his grandson Gary Stevens was a South Sydney Rabbitohs star of the 1960s and 1970s and an Australian Test representative.[3]

Arthur Oxford died on 1 June 1980, age 85.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ List of Sydney Roosters Players- Wikipedia
  3. ^ Alan Whiticker, Glen Hudson: Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Harold Horder (1918)
Record-holder
Most points in an NSWRFL career [1]

1927 (759) - 1946 (864)
Succeeded by
Tom Kirk (1946)


  1. ^ Heads, Ian and Middleton, David (2008) A Centenary of Rugby League, MacMillan Sydney