Geoff Bugden

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Geoff Bugden
Personal information
Full nameGeoff Bugden
Born (1960-09-06) 6 September 1960 (age 59)
Newtown, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight101 kg (15 st 13 lb)
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1979–81 Newtown Jets 46 7 0 0 21
1982–89 Parramatta Eels 100 6 0 0 21
Total 146 13 0 0 42
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1983 New South Wales 2 0 0 0 0

Geoff Bugden (born 6 September 1960[1]) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s. He played for Newtown and the Parramatta Eels in the Australian New South Wales Rugby League competition. He won two premierships with the Eels and he primarily played in the front-row.

Playing career[edit]

A Newtown junior, by 1979 Bugden had progressed to first grade. He was the first ever prop to win the NSW Rugby Leagues best and fairest player award, the Rothmans Medal, in 1980.[2] Bugden was a reserve for the Newtown Jets side that lost the 1981 Grand Final against the Parramatta Eels. The next year, 1982, Geoff Bugden changed clubs and returned to the Sydney Cricket Ground playing for Parramatta in their Grand Final win over Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. Bugden was selected to represent New South Wales for games I and III of the 1983 State of Origin series. A serious injury to his chest in 1983 forced Bugden to announce his premature retirement from the game but two years later, he was back for Parramatta only to break his arm. In 1986 Bugden was on the field once more and was part of the Eels' 1986 Grand Final win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, in which he played against his brother Mark[3] and earned himself five-minutes in the sin-bin for tackling Steve Mortimer without the ball.[4]

After a long career that was often curtailed by serious injury, Bugden did not start any of the last thirteen games of 1989 but intended to stay with the Eels for the 1990 season. However, major ankle surgery in early March made it clear he would not be able to play the first half of that season,[5] and when Parramatta became embroiled in a salary cap dispute over the contracts of Peter Sterling and Mark Laurie, Budgen was sacked by the Eels alongside Paul Taylor, Michael Moseley, Mark Robinson and Jeremy Ticehurst.[5] Bugden was not wanted by any other Winfield Cup club and retired almost immediately.


  1. ^ Gary Lester (editor) (1983). The Sun Book of Rugby League - 1983. Sydney, New South Wales: John Fairfax Marketing. p. 68. ISBN 0-909558-83-3.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Adams, Tony. "Legend Q&A". Rugby League Week. Sydney, NSW: PBLMedia (8 July 2009): pgs 30–31.
  3. ^ "Fans turn Parra blue and gold". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Digital. 2 October 2009. Archived from the original on 29 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Eels v Bulldogs Classic". 13 September 2007. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009. Retrieved 2007-11-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ a b ‘Parramatta Axe Five Players’; Sydney Morning Herald, March 12, 1990, p. 62