Pat Devery

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Pat Devery
Personal information
Full name Patrick Charles Devery
Born (1922-08-09)9 August 1922
Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Died 17 December 2017(2017-12-17) (aged 95)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Playing information
Position Five-eighth, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Fortitude Valley
1944–47 Balmain 38 25 59 0 193
1947–54 Huddersfield 223 98 401 0 1096
Total 261 123 460 0 1289
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1946–47 City NSW 6 4 3 0 18
1946–47 New South Wales 2 4 1 0 14
1946 Australia 3 0 0 0 0
1949 British Empire 1 0 2 0 4
1949–53 Other Nationalities 11 5 16 0 47
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1955–56 Manly-Warringah 38 18 4 16 47
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1956 Country NSW 1 0 0 1 0
Source: [1][2]

Patrick Charles Devery (1922 – 2017) was an Australian professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s and 1950s, and coach of the 1950s. An Australian international representative half, he played in Australia for the Balmain club, winning the 1944, 1946 and 1947 grand finals with them. He was also the 1947 season's top point-scorer. Devery then had a successful career playing in England for the Huddersfield club before returning to Sydney where he coached the Manly-Warringah club.

Background[edit]

Devery was born in Tweed Heads, New South Wales on 9 August 1922.

Playing career[edit]

Australia[edit]

A Tumbulgum junior, he played football in the Brisbane Rugby League for Fortitude Valley.[3][4] Devery was then discovered by coach of Sydney's Balmain club Latchem Robinson while playing football in The Domain, Sydney as a sailor in the Royal Australian Navy during the war. Devery played for Balmain at halfback in the 1944 NSWRFL season's premiership final, scoring a try in his side's victory over Newtown.

Devery also represented Sydney on 6 occasions, New South Wales on 2 occasions between 1946–1947. During the 1946 Great Britain Lions tour he was selected to play as the Australian national team's five-eighth in all three Ashes tests. He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No.222.[5] Balmain reached the 1946 NSWRFL season's premiership final and Devery played at centre in their victory over St. George. He was the 1947 NSWRFL season's top points scorer.

England[edit]

At the end of the 1947 season a large number of Australians signed with English clubs, headed by Devery who signed with Huddersfield for a fee of £1,350[6] Devery scored a try and kicked two goals in Huddersfield's 13–12 win over Warrington in the 1948–49 Northern Rugby Football League season's Championship Final at Maine Road, Manchester on Saturday 14 May 1949.[7] In the same season he played left-centre in Huddersfield's 4–11 defeat by Bradford Northern in the 1949 Yorkshire Cup Final at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday 29 October 1949. The following season he again played in the Championship Final of the 1949–50 season as Huddersfield lost 2–20 to Wigan at Maine Road.[7]

In 1952 Devery was a member of the Huddersfield team and scored 3-conversions in the 18–8 victory over Batley in the 1952 Yorkshire Cup at Headingley on Saturday 15 November 1952. He played left-centre and scored a conversion in Huddersfield's 15–10 victory over St. Helens in the 1953 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 25 April 1953, in front of a crowd of 89,588.[8] During the game Devery was injured and as no substitutes were allowed at this time Devery continued to play but he and left winger Lionel Cooper exchanged places and Cooper took over the kicking duties.[9] Devery went on to break the Huddersfield club's record for most points in a season with 332, achieved during the 1952–53 season. He scored over 1,000 points during his English career between 1948–1954.[10] He also made 11-appearances for the Other Nationalities, and one appearance for the British Empire.

He was also a teacher at Oakes Elementary school in Huddersfield in the late 1940s, and early 1950s at the same time as Bon Spence the former Huddersfield Town Full back.

Coaching career[edit]

On his return to Sydney, he commenced coaching the Manly-Warringah club in 1955, taking them to a third-place regular season finish. The 1956 season finished with Manly in sixth place, just missing out on a spot in the finals. In 1957 Devery finished his coaching career at Lithgow.

Later years[edit]

Devery moved to the USA where he worked as teacher in a school at an American naval base in Puerto Rico.[7] In 2005 Devery was named as one of the inaugural inductees into the Balmain Tigers Hall of Fame, he was the last surviving member of Huddersfield's 1952–53 Challenge Cup Final winning team.[11] Retiring to Portland, Oregon, he died there on 17 December 2017 at the age of 95.[7][11]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Player statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ Coach statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
  3. ^ "Vale Pat Devery". nswrl.com.au. New South Wales Rugby League. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  4. ^ Whiticker, Alan. "Pat Devery". rugbyleagueproject.org. Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  5. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005, page 53
  6. ^ The Australian Encyclopaedia. Michigan State University Press. 1965. p. 148. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Huddersfield's last surviving Challenge Cup winner passes away". Rugby Leaguer & League Express (3,102). 1 January 2018. p. 24. 
  8. ^ "Rugby League Cup Final - Thrilling Win for Huddersfield on time"Paid subscription required. Star Green 'Un (16,833). 25 April 1953. p. 5 – via British Newspaper Archive. 
  9. ^ Goodman, Tom (27 April 1953). "St. Helen's hooted in R.L. Cup final". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Davy, Ken (2 March 2013). "Fartown legend Pat Devery flies in from America to visit Huddersfield". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Huddersfield rugby league legend Pat Devery dies aged 95". Huddersfield Examiner. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ray Norman
Coach
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

1955–1956
Succeeded by
Ken Arthurson