Blinkhorn in 1925
|Full name||Cyril Rhodes Blinkhorn|
Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||1977 (aged 84–85)
Blacktown, New South Wales
|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.
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 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. He played one further Test against England in 1924. Cec Blinkhorn is Kangaroo No. 116.
Four of Cec's nephews all made appearances for Norths. Clarrie Blinkhorn played in the 1930s. 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.
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