John Harvey (rugby league)

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John Harvey
Personal information
Full nameJohn Harvey
Born (1955-04-19) 19 April 1955 (age 65)
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1975–78 Manly-Warringah 61 2 0 0 6
1979–82 Eastern Suburbs 61 6 0 0 18
1984 Manly-Warringah 13 1 0 0 4
Total 135 9 0 0 28
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1994–95 Gold Coast Seagulls 43 9 2 32 21
1999–00 Salford City Reds 58 16 1 41 28
Total 101 25 3 73 25

John Harvey (born 19 April 1955 in Manly, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s, and coached in the 1990s. He played for Manly-Warringah and Eastern Suburbs and coached the Gold Coast Seagulls and the Salford City Reds. Harvey primarily played at prop.

Playing career[edit]

Harvey was a Manly junior who grew into a hard-hitting prop with a reputation for a high-arm action when making a shoulder charge. Harvey played in two grand-finals while at Manly, in the 1976 win over Parramatta. Harvey was selected to represent Australia for one Test in 1978 against New Zealand but spent the whole game on the interchange bench. He played in the 1978 NSWRFL season's Grand Final draw and subsequent win over Cronulla-Sutherland. Harvey had a further chance that year to play in an international when he was selected for the 1978 Kangaroo tour, but he created some controversy when he declined the selection due to personal reasons.[5]

After receiving an offer which doubled his Manly pay-packet, Harvey signed with Easts in 1979. He played in Easts losing 1980 grand final side and remained with the club until the end of 1982 when he "went bush". In 1983, Harvey captain-coached the Tweed Heads Seagulls for a season, winning the Group 18 premiership as well as the Country Rugby League's Clayton Cup.[5]

Bob Fulton made Harvey an offer to return to Manly in 1984 but his playing contract wasn't extended for the following season and Harvey returned to country football once more.

Harvey continued to play in NSW country leagues until 1992, with seasons at Forster-Tuncurry Hawks, Tweed Heads Seagulls and Wee Waa. He captain-coached the Tweed Head Seagulls to another Clayton Cup win in 1989.[6] Harvey finished his playing career at Wee Waa, leading the team to a grand final victory in the Group 4 competition at the age of 37.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

Harvey returned to the Gold Coast as a coach in 1994, succeeding Wally Lewis. The club was rebranded and became the Gold Coast Chargers in 1996 and Phil Economidis took over from John Harvey as coach.

In May 1999, Harvey replaced Andy Gregory as head coach at the Salford City Reds in the Super League.[8] After the club avoided relegation at the end of the 1999 season, Harvey was given a contract for a further season.[9]


  1. ^ Rugby League Project Coaches
  2. ^ John Harvey at the Rugby League Project
  3. ^ NRL Stats
  4. ^ NRL Stats Archive
  5. ^ a b Tony Adams. "Legend Q&A". Rugby League Week. Sydney, NSW: PBLMedia (4 July 2007): pgs 22–23.
  6. ^ "Clayton Cup". Country Rugby League Annual Report. Sydney: N.S.W. Country Rugby League (1989): 156.
  7. ^ Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. pp. 225–226. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1.
  8. ^ Chris Herde and Brad Walter (17 May 1999). "Harvey to coach Salford" (fee required). AAP Sports News (Australia). Retrieved 3 September 2008.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Harvey's escape act rewarded with full time post" (fee required). AAP Sports News (Australia). 14 September 1999. Retrieved 3 September 2008.[dead link]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wally Lewis
Gold Coast Seagulls

Succeeded by
Phil Economidis