Horrie Miller (rugby league)

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Horrie Miller
Personal information
Full name Horace Richard Miller
Born 1882
Sydney, New South Wales
Died 11 January 1967
Woollahra, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1908–09 Eastern Suburbs 12 15 3 0 51
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Sydney

Horrie Miller (1882-1967) was an Australian rugby league footballer in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership. He played as a wing-threequarter with the Eastern Suburbs club in 1908 and 1909, the first years of the new code.

Miller was a former champion runner who was rated the fastest runner in the league's inaugural season. He headed the League's try-scoring list in that first season - he scored a hat trick of tries in that year's semi-final and followed that up with a further two in the final. He was also the League's top point scorer in season 1908. His only representative match came in that first year when he was selected to represent Sydney in a match against a touring New Zealand Maori side.

The wing three-quarter also served as Eastern Suburbs secretary in the club's first season. In addition, that year Miller was appointed secretary of the New South Wales Rugby Football League on a temporary basis, following the dismissal of J J Giltinan. The position became permanent in 1914 and Miller served in that role until 1946. He was awarded Life Membership of the New South Wales Rugby League in 1914.[1]

During the 1948 season, the former league secretary unsuccessfully attempted to establish a rebel night competition.

Horrie Miller is remembered as the Sydney Roosters 15th player.

Miller is credited with coining the phrase "The Greatest Game of All".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Referee, Sydney.List of Life Members of the NSW Rugby League.13/05/1914 (page 12)
  2. ^ The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson. 1995

External links[edit]

  • The Encyclopedia Of Rugby League Players; Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson
  • History Of The New South Wales Rugby League Finals; Steve Haddan
  • The Story Of Australian Rugby League; Gary Lester
Preceded by
Inaugural Record-holder
Most points in an NSWRFL career [1]

1908 (47) - 1909 (56)
Succeeded by
Arthur Conlin (1910)
  1. ^ Heads, Ian and Middleton, David (2008) A Centenary of Rugby League, MacMillan Sydney