Full name Harold Norman Horder
Nickname Wonder Winger, The Best Bear
24 February 1894
Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Died 21 August 1978
Height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 67 kg (10 st 8 lb)
South Sydney 77
North Sydney 50
New South Wales 9
Harold Norman Horder (23 February 1894 – 21 August 1978) was an Australian rugby league player. A national and state representative player whose club career was with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and North Sydney Bears between 1912 and 1924. Regarded as one of the greatest wingers to play the game, from 1924 until 1973 his 152 career tries was the [2 ] NSWRFL record.
Playing career [ edit ]
Surry Hills, New South Wales, Horder played 86 games for Souths between 1912–1919 and 1924, 9 games for New South Wales, 13 Test matches for Australia.
After following his brother
Clarence "Spot" Horder to South Sydney, Harold in his first game, stepped and swerved through the entire Glebe team in a 90-metre dash to score one of the greatest individual tries in rugby league history. He went on to be the NSW Rugby Football League's top try-scorer in 1913, 1914 and 1917 and for each of the four seasons 1913, 1914, 1918 and 1922 he was the League's top point scorer.
The Gregory's reference records that in the 1912 City Cup-tie against
Glebe, Harold induced the Souths selectors to name his relatively inexperienced brother Clarrie in the side, While Glebe was concentrating on Harold, Clarrie cut holes in the defence and Souths won 30-5. [3 ]
Horder was selected to make his debut for Australia during the
1914 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand. He was selected to go on the [4 ] 1921–22 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain. He also scored a double in Norths' 1922 grand final win. He scored 102 tries for South Sydney and 50 tries for North Sydney. In his final season at Souths he became the first player to score 150 tries in NSWRFL history.
He moved to Brisbane rugby league club
Coorparoo as their captain coach for two seasons after leaving Souths.
He appeared in an Australian film
(1916). In the Last Stride [5 ]
Accolades [ edit ]
New South Wales Rugby League's Rugby League Annual of 1928 commented "if he is not the greatest of all rugby league footballers, he is unquestionably the greatest of all wing three-quarters".
Horder was inducted into the
Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame on 7 September 2004 at the Dally M Awards in Sydney. [6 ]
In 2004 Horder was named by Souths in their
South Sydney Dream Team, consisting of 17 players and a coach representing the club from [7 ] 1908 through to 2004. In August, 2006 he was also named at winger in the North Sydney Bears' . Team of the Century
In February 2008, Horder was named in the list of Australia's
(1908–2007) which was commissioned by the 100 Greatest Players NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia. [8 ]
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