Michael Beattie

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Michael Beattie
Personal information
Full name Michael Beattie
Born (1960-07-01) 1 July 1960 (age 58)
Playing information
Position Centre

Years Team Pld T G FG P
1980–92 St. George Dragons 211 63 0 3 245
1987–88 Castleford 20 10 0 0 40
Total 231 73 0 3 285

Michael Beattie (born 1 July 1960) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 1990s. He played at club level and captaining the St. George Dragons, and Castleford.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Michael Beattie played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in Castleford's 12-12 draw with Bradford Northern in the 1987 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1987–88 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds, on Saturday 17 October 1987, played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in the 2-11 defeat by Bradford Northern in the 1987 Yorkshire County Cup Final replay during the 1987–88 season at Elland Road, Leeds, on Saturday 31 October 1987.

St. George career[edit]

Michael Beattie initially played for Bexly Kingsgrove and Brighton Seagulls in the St. George Junior Rugby League, but began his senior career playing Five-eighth/Stand-off for Western Suburbs Red Devils. In 1980, he debuted with the St. George Dragons, where he formed a Centre partnership with Brian Johnston during the 1980s, coached by Roy Masters, he played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in the 6-7 defeat by Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the Grand final during the 1985 NSWRL season, he signed for Castleford from St. George Dragons on 1 June 1987, back at St. George Dragons, he was named 'Captain Of The Year' in the 1992 Dally M Awards, coached by Brian Smith and was captain in the 8-28 defeat by Brisbane Broncos in the Grand final during the 1992 NSWRL season, after which he retired from playing.

He then worked for the radio station 2UE, and later became an assistant-coach to Wayne Pearce at Balmain Tigers for a short period.

With 211-appearances, he is currently fifth on St. George Dragons' "Most Career Appearances" list behind; Norm Provan (256), Billy Smith (234), Craig Young (234), and Graeme Langlands (227).

Michael Beattie was awarded Life Membership of the St. George Dragons in 1990.[3]


  1. ^ David Smart & Graham Howard (1 July 2000) "Images of Sport - Castleford Rugby League - A Twentieth Century History". The History Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0752418957
  2. ^ "Castleford RLFC A to Z Player List (All Time)". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk ℅ web.archive.org. 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.jubileeavenue.com.au/history/records.php

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