Noel Mulligan

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Noel Mulligan
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Personal information
Full name Noel Gregory Mulligan
Nickname The Count
Born 1926
Port Kembla, New South Wales
Died 11 March 2000 (age 73)
Port Kembla, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Port Kembla
1945–46 Newtown 22 5 0 0 15
1947 Bowral
1948 Newtown 9 3 0 0 9
1949 Bowral
1950–51 St. George 32 4 0 0 12
Total 63 12 0 0 36
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1946–51 New South Wales 10 4 0 0 12
1946–51 Australia 10 2 0 0 6
1947–49 Country NSW 2 0 0 0 0
1948–51 City NSW 3 1 0 0 3

Noel Mulligan (1926-2000) was an Australian professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. An Australian international and New South Wales interstate representative forward, he played club football in Sydney's NSWRFL premiership for Newtown and St. George,[1] as well as elsewhere in New South Wales.

Playing career[edit]

Mulligan started his playing career in the 1940s with the Illawarra Rugby League's Port Kembla club. In 1945 he joined the previous season's NSWRFL grand finalists, Newtown. Mulligan was first selected to represent New South Wales in 1946 against Great Britain. He was then selected to represent Australia for the first time, also against the British in the first test match, becoming Kangaroo No. 227.[2] He also played in the third Test, losing The Ashes to the Lions.

Mulligan returned to Country New South Wales in 1947, captain-coaching Bowral's club to a Group 6 Rugby League first-grade premiership in addition to continuing representative duties with New South Wales and Country NSW.

In 1948 Mulligan returned to Newtown. He was selected to go on the 1948 Kangaroo tour, playing in all five test matches against Great Britain and France. Mulligan again represented New South Wales and toured New Zealand with the Australian team in 1949, missing his club Bowral's grand final loss. He signed to play in Sydney once again with St. George from 1950, continuing to represent New South Wales as well as Sydney that season. He was selected to represent Sydney against France during their 1951 tour of Australasia in a match that ended in a 19-all draw. He also played his last test match against France during their tour. Mulligan successfully coached the Captains Flat Redmen to successive premierships in the Group 8 competition in 1952 and 1953 before returning to the Illawarra.

Post-playing[edit]

Mulligan died in 2000 aged 73.[3] In 2001, the Port Kembla Blacks' home ground at Darcy Wentworth Park in the Wollongong suburb of Warrawong was named Noel Mulligan Oval.[4]

In 2008, the Newtown Jets club's centenary year, they named their 'Team of the Century' with Mulligan at lock forward.[5] In addition the Illawarra Rugby League named him at lock in their team of the century.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Noel Mulligan at rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ Kangaroos Player Register at australianrugbyleague.com.au
  3. ^ Noel Mulligan at yesterdayshero.com.au
  4. ^ Markham, Colin. "Noel Mulligan Oval". Private Members' Statements. parliament.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Team of the Century at newtownjets.com
  6. ^ abc.net.au (21 July 2011). "Illawarra rugby league names 'team of the century'". ABC News. Retrieved 19 November 2011.