Fred Anderson (rugby league)

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Fred Anderson
Personal information
Full name Frederick Jack Anderson
Born 22 May 1933
Died 28 March 2012(2012-03-28) (aged 78)[1]
Illawong, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1952–63 Canterbury-Bankstown 197 16 0 0 48
1964–67 South Sydney Rabbitohs 56 6 0 0 18
Total 253 22 0 0 66
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1958–61 New South Wales 2 1 0 0 3
1963 South Africa 2 0 0 0 0
Source: Yesterday's Hero

Fred Anderson (22 May 1933 – 28 March 2012) was a rugby league footballer of the 1950s and 1960s.

Club career[edit]

During his very long career, Fred Anderson played predominately for the Canterbury Bulldogs but also for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership. Anderson also represented the South Africa national rugby league team on one occasion in 1963, his position of choice was at hooker. He had played 261 first grade games in his 16 year career.

He played with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for twelve seasons between 1953-1963. He then joined South Sydney Rabbitohs for four seasons between 1964-1967. He was regarded as a champion hooker during the era when scrimmaging was an important part of the game.[2]

Anderson played for Souths in the famous 1965 grand final against St. George Dragons in front of a record 78,000 fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground. By the time he turned 34, his career had come to an end at Souths when he was replaced in first grade by the younger Elwyn Walters in 1967.

Representative career[edit]

Fred Anderson represented New South Wales rugby league team on two occasions - 1958 and 1961, and City-Firsts in 1958.

He was invited to play for South Africa in 1963 in a single Test against New Zealand, although he was Australian born!

Fred Anderson died on 28 March 2012. He was later cremated at Woronora, Sutherland.

Career playing statistics[edit]

Point scoring summary[edit]

Games Tries Goals F/G Points
204 16 - - 48
57 6 - - 18

Matches played[edit]

Team Matches Years
Canterbury Bulldogs 204 1952–1963
South Sydney Rabbitohs 57 1964–1967
New South Wales 3 1958 & 1961
South Africa 2 1963


  1. ^ "Frederick ANDERSON Obituary by The Sydney Morning Herald". Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  2. ^ (Alan Whitiker)