George McGowan (rugby league)

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George Gilchrist McGowan (1891-1970) was a pioneer rugby league footballer in the New South Wales Rugby League.

McGowan, a half-back, joined Easts Juniors in 1911 as a 20-year-old. He played Presidents Cup with Easts in 1913 and played first grade with Eastern Suburbs in the 1915 season.[1]

He then joined the South Sydney Rabbitohs for three seasons between 1916-1918. George McGowan played in the 1916 Premiership Final for Souths.

McGowan finished his Rugby League career at the Western Suburbs Magpies, where he played three seasons: 1919, 1920 and 1922. He coached the Young, New South Wales Rugby League team in 1925.[2]

A long time resident of Macquarie Fields, New South Wales, he died there on 8 March 1970, age 79.[3]


  1. ^ Sunday Times, Sydney: Footballer Mishap. 17 Sept 1911
  2. ^ Referee, Sydney- The Coaches. 08/04/1925
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, DEATH NOTICES 09/03/1970
  • The Eastern Suburbs website