Cecil Aynsley

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Cec Aynsley
Cecil Aynsley (1924, Sydney).jpg
Personal information
Full name Cecil James Aynsley
Nickname The Red Flyer
Born 23 March 1902
Charters Towers, Queensland
Died 8 May 1975
Brisbane, Queensland
Playing information
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1921–29 Wests Panthers
1930–35 Rochdale Hornets
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1924–28 Australia 4 4 12
1922–30 Queensland 35

Cecil "The Red Flyer" Aynsley (1902–1975) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1920s and 1930s. A Queensland state and Australian representative winger, and talented goal-kicker he scored a try in each of his four national representative appearances.

Born in Charters Towers, Queensland, Aynsley began his rugby league career there before in 1921 playing for the Western Suburbs Panthers in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership. Three years later he made his debut for Australia against the touring Great Britain side playing in all three Test matches, scoring on each occasion.

During the 1925 season he toured New Zealand with the Queensland team. He had a tremendous tour, scoring 34 tries in only eleven matches. This leading to the local press proclaiming him as "the Gloaming of rugby league" after the Australian race-horse which enjoyed success in New Zealand. His aggregate of 114 for the tour was beaten only by Queensland captain Jimmy Craig with 126.[1]

He played his fourth and final Test match for Australia in 1928 in Brisbane against Great Britain where he scored his fourth and final representative try.

Aynsley also played for English side Rochdale from 1930 to 1935. He also played for Ipswich's Starlights club.[2]


In June 2008, he was chosen in the Queensland Rugby League's Team of the Century on the wing.[3]

In 2009 Aynsley was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.[4]


  1. ^ Pollard, Jack (1965). Gregory's Guide to Rugby League. Australia: Grenville Publishing. p152. 
  2. ^ "Queensland Representatives". qrl.com.au. Queensland Rugby League. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Ricketts, Steve (2008-06-10). "Locky named No.1 but Wal's still King". The Courier-Mail. Archived from the original on 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Mr Cec Aynsley". Queensland Sport Hall of Fame. qsport.org.au. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

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