Ernie Norman

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Ernie Norman
Ernie norman1931.jpg
Norman in 1931
Personal information
Full nameErnest James Norman
Paddington, New South Wales
Died3 August 1993
Paddington, New South Wales
Playing information
PositionCentre, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1931–39 Eastern Suburbs 101 26 0 0 78
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1931–37 New South Wales 15 3 0 0 9
1932–38 Australia 12 1 0 0 3
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1950–52 Eastern Suburbs 54 22 0 32 41

Ernie Norman (1912–1993) was an Australian rugby league player - a state and national representative centre or five-eighth. His club career was with the Eastern Suburbs club in the New South Wales Rugby Football League competition. Norman played with Easts for nine seasons between 1931 and 1939. He played over 100 matches for that club and was a member of the Easts sides that won consecutive premierships in seasons 1935, 1936 and 1937.

Norman was born in Paddington, New South Wales in 1912 and was a Eastern Suburbs junior. He was graded with Easts at seventeen years of age and made his Australian debut two years later at nineteen. Throughout his career he made fifteen state representative appearances for New South Wales and played in twelve Tests for the Australia national rugby league team. He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 169.[1]

Norman coached Eastern Suburbs for three seasons from 1950 to 1952. By this time Easts had fallen into the cellar – they had been bottom for the first time in the 1949 season under Ray Stehr – and although Norman improved the Tricolours to seventh in 1950 with seven wins and fifth with nine victories (including premiers South Sydney’s solitary home-and-away defeat) in 1951, a lapse to eighth in 1952 prevented him keeping the job.

Norman, aged eighty, died in 1993.

In February 2008, Norman 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.[2][3]


  • Whiticker, Alan & Hudson, Glen (2006) The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, Gavin Allen Publishing, Sydney


  1. ^ ARL ANNUAL Report, 2005. page 53
  2. ^ Peter Cassidy (23 February 2008). "Controversy reigns as NRL releases top 100 players". Macquarie National News. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  3. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League - The Players". NRL & ARL. 23 February 2008. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23.