Bob Bax

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Bob Bax
Personal information
Full name Robert Dean Bax
Born (1925-03-23)23 March 1925
Died 11 March 2000(2000-03-11) (aged 74)
Playing information
Position Half back
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Brothers (Brisbane)
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1956–59 Brothers (Brisbane)
1960–70 Norths (Brisbane)
Total 0 0 0 0
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1971–73 Queensland 5 0 0 5 0

Bob Bax (1925-2000) was an Australian rugby league footballer and coach. During the 1940s he played in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership as a half back for the Brothers club and also played for the Brisbane rugby league team in the Bulimba Cup.[1] From 1956 to 1970 Bax coached Brothers and Norths, reaching 14 grand finals and taking nine premierships.[2]

Bax inherited the coaching role at the Brisbane Rugby League's reigning premiers, Northern Suburbs RLFC from Clive Churchill in 1960 and won the premiership again that year. Norths then became the first club in BRL history to win three consecutive first grade premierships when they defeated Fortitude Valley 29-5 in the 1961 grand final in front of a record club crowd of 19,824 at Lang Park.[3] Bax extended this record winning streak to six, claiming premierships again in 1962, 1963 and 1964.[4] He coached the side to two more grand final wins in 1966 and 1969.

In 1971 Bax became the first coach to sign an Australian rules football player: Barry Spring, who was 26 and had never played a game of league. Spring frequently kicked field goals from anywhere within a 60-yard range, leading to a rule change, with two points for a field goal changing to one point in 1971.[5]

In 1992 Bax was part of a six-man panel selected by Rugby League Week to name an all-time greatest team to celebrate rugby league in Australia's 85th year.[6]

Bob Bax's son, Robert Bax, operated the Brisbane law firm, Robert Bax and Associates.[7]

The Norths Devils' award for "Player most likely to succeed" was named the Bob Bax Award in his honour.[8] In 2008, the Norths clubs' 75th anniversary year, Bax was named as coach of their all-time greatest team.[9]

Bax died in 2000 at age 74 after a long illness[10] and was buried in Nudgee Cemetery.


  1. ^ Kearney, L. H. (8 July 1949). "Downs Forwards will test Brisbane 13". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sport briefs". Newcastle Herald. 14 March 2000. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Higgison, Mike. "Fantastic Footy Flashback: 1961". Queensland Rugby League. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Players and coaches". Norths Devils. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Graham Lowe (7 August 2009). "Man behind Titans a true visionary". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Heads, Ian (27 May 1992). "CHURCHILL IS TOP OF THE ALL-TIME TOP 100". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Murray, David (1 July 2012). "Blues legend Michael O'Connor celebrates $1.5m court win". The Sunday Mail. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Norths Devils Award Winners". Queensland Rugby League. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Norths Devils 75th Anniversary Celebrations". Norths Devils. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "COACHING GREAT DIES". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 March 2000. Retrieved 14 September 2013.