Leslie Rainey

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Les Rainey
Personal information
Full name Leslie Newburn Rainey
Date of birth (1881-01-10)10 January 1881
Place of birth South Yarra, Victoria
Date of death 27 August 1962(1962-08-27) (aged 81)
Place of death Melbourne, Victoria
Original team(s) Melbourne Grammar[1]
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1899–1900 Essendon 05 0(3)
1902–1903 Melbourne 18 (17)
Total 23 (20)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1903.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Leslie Newburn "Les" Rainey (10 January 1881 – 27 August 1962) was an Australian sportsman who played Australian rules football, cricket and tennis. He was a first-class cricketer for Victoria, footballer for Essendon and Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL), as well as a tennis player at the Australasian Championships (now known as the Australian Open).[2]

After managing only five appearances for Essendon during his time at the club in 1899 and 1900, Rainey crossed to Melbourne where he had more success. He played a full season in 1902, including Melbourne's semi final loss to his old club, and kicked 17 goals. Rainey finished his football career with 23 VFL games and 20 goals.[3]

Rainey played his cricket as an all-rounder and participated in two first-class matches for Victoria, both against Tasmania at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He put in a good performance in the second of those matches, in 1905, scoring an unbeaten 60 and taking 6/46 in Tasmania's second innings.[4]

He competed in the 1914 and 1924 Australasian Tennis Championships.[5]

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  1. ^ "Past Player Profiles – R (Rainey, Les N.)". essendonfc.com.au. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  2. ^ "A Tennis Personality". Sporting Globe. Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 31 March 1923. p. 5. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  3. ^ Main, Jim; Holmesby, Russell (1992). The Encyclopedia of League Footballers. Melbourne, Victoria: Wilkinson Books. p. 365. ISBN 1-86337-085-4.
  4. ^ "Victoria v Tasmania 1904/05". CricketArchive.
  5. ^ "Results Archive – L Rainey". Australian Open Tennis Championships. Retrieved 31 May 2015.

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