Cec Blinkhorn

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Cec Blinkhorn
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Blinkhorn in 1925
Personal information
Full name Cyril Rhodes Blinkhorn
Nickname Cec
Born 1892
Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
Died 1977 (aged 84–85)
Blacktown, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1914–18 North Sydney 51 34 5 0 112
1919 South Sydney 6 1 0 0 3
1920–23 North Sydney 42 45 0 0 135
1924 South Sydney 9 6 0 0 18
Total 108 86 5 0 268
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1921–24 New South Wales 4 1 0 0 3
1921–24 Australia 4 3 0 0 9
Source: Rugby league Project and Yesterday's Hero

Cyril "Cec" Blinkhorn (1892–8 April 1977) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1910s and 1920s. He played in the NSWRFL premiership for the North Sydney and South Sydney clubs, and also represented New South Wales and Australia. He primarily played on the wing and has been named amongst the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century.[1]


Cec Blinkhorn

Playing career[edit]

Although born in Redfern, New South Wales, the middle of Souths territory, Blinkhorn grew up a Norths supporter after moving to Chatswood. He was graded to Norths in 1914 and for five years he was the team's leading try-scorer. Blinkhorn spent the 1919 season at Souths, where he met fellow winger, Harold Horder. In 1920, Horder and Blinkhorn moved to Norths, where they remained until 1923. Both wingers returned to Souths in 1924.

Blinkhorn was a member of the premiership winning Norths teams of 1921, where the team went through undefeated, and 1922 when Norths met Glebe in the Grand final. Blinkhorn scored two tries.

Representative career[edit]

Blinkhorn was first selected to play for Australia in 1921. On that 1921–22 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain, he scored a record 39 tries in 29 matches and played in three Tests. This record still stands as the most tries scored on a Kangaroo tour and will most likely never be beaten.[2] He played one further Test against England in 1924. Cec Blinkhorn is Kangaroo No. 116.


In February 2008, Blinkhorn was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[3]

Family legacy[edit]

Four of Cec's nephews all made appearances for Norths. Clarrie Blinkhorn played in the 1930s.[4] His brothers Jack (61 games 1956–659) and Harold (74 games 1956–62) played in the forwards in the 1950s and 1960s, while Douglas was a three-quarter who made 11 first-grade appearances in 1961–62.[5]


  1. ^ Century's Top 100 Players Archived 25 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Shepherd, Jim (1980). Encyclopedia of Australian sport. Australia: Rigby. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-7270-1119-0. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League – The Players". NRL & ARL. 23 February 2008. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008. 
  4. ^ Pollard, Jack (1965). Gregory's Guide to Rugby League. Australia: Grenville Publishing. p144. 
  5. ^ Whiticker, Alan, Hudson, Glen (2006). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Australia: Gary Allen Publishing. p40. 


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