Eddie Burns

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Eddie Burns
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Personal information
Full name Edward Burns
Died June 2004 (age 87)
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1935–40 Canterbury-Bankstn. 147 13 0 0 39
1940 Waratah Mayfield
1941–50 Canterbury-Bankstn. 65 47 0 0 157
Total 212 60 0 0 196
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948 New South Wales 2 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1960–62 Canterbury-Bankstn. 54 24 3 27 44
1965 Canterbury-Bankstn. 18 5 0 13 28
Total 72 29 3 40 40
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1964 New South Wales 2 2 0 0 100
Source: [1]

Eddie Burns (1917–2004) was an Australian rugby league footballer and coach of the mid 20th century. A New South Wales representative prop-forward, he played for the Canterbury-Bankstown club of the NSWRFL Premiership, later becoming their coach.

Playing career[edit]

While still a teenager, Burns played in the Canterbury-Bankstown club's first ever season in 1935 and was sent off in his first match. He played for 16 seasons in First Grade from 1935 to 1950. Eddie Burns played 147 first grade games and scored 199 career points in his long career.[1]

He won two premierships with Canterbury-Bankstown in 1938 and 1942.

In 1948, Burns was selected to represent New South Wales playing 2 games.

He retired in 1950 as the Canterbury club's top ever try-scorer, with 65, a record not bettered until Chris Anderson in 1978.[2]

Eddie Burns is the 16th player to represent the Bulldogs.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Burns' career as coach of Canterbury-Bankstown was subject to a two-year interruption when Clive Churchill was selected as the club's coach. He coached the club between 1960-1962 and again in 1965.[4]

He coached New South Wales City Firsts in 1963 and the New South Wales rugby league team in 1964.

Accolades[edit]

In 1985, Burns was selected in the Bulldogs 'Greatest Team Ever'. In 2004 he was selected in the 70 Year Bulldogs team of champions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rugby League Project (Alan Whitaker)
  2. ^ Alan Whitaker. The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players
  3. ^ http://www.thebulldogs.com.au
  4. ^ Rugby League Project

External links[edit]