Paul Broughton

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Paul Broughton
Personal information
Born (1931-03-31) 31 March 1931 (age 89)
Playing information
PositionFive-eighth, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1954 St. George 7 1 0 0 3
1957 Balmain 1 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1974 Brothers (Brisbane)
1975–76 Balmain 45 22 2 21 49
1977–78 Newtown 27 2 0 25 7
Total 72 24 2 46 33

Paul Broughton OAM is an Australian former rugby league footballer, coach and club chief executive. He is currently the Chairman of the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL.[1] He also serves on the board of the North Queensland Cowboys.[2] He has been described by some as an Australian rugby league football identity.

Playing career[edit]

Paul Broughton was graded at Saints in 1952, and captained the team to the Third Grade premiership in 1953. He played in Sydney's First Grade NSWRFL Premiership for St. George in the 1954 season before playing with Corrimal as captain/coach. He played 44 grade games for St. George in all grades (1952-1954).

He returned to the Sydney Premiership in 1957 with Balmain but was injured in the first match of the season and forced into retirement.[3] [4]

Coaching career[edit]

Post-playing Broughton coached the St. George Dragons in third grade and reserve grade (three premierships 1962-1964) and went on to become the club's chairman of selectors in 1968. He later worked for the NSWRFL before a season coaching Brisbane's Brothers club in 1974. The following season Broughton returned to Sydney with the Balmain club, whom he coached from 1975 to 1976, then Newtown from 1977 to the fifth game of 1978, after which a major internal upheaval caused him, along with reserve grade coach Dave Bolton, to be dismissed in favour of St. George legend (and ex-Jet) Johnny Raper[5] and Bob Carnegie.

After coaching Broughton worked as New South Wales Rugby League development officer.[6]

Following the removal of the Gold Coast Chargers from the newly established National Rugby League at the end of the 1998 season, Broughton worked towards the foundation of the Titans, and has been described as "the Godfather of Gold Coast rugby league".[7] The Titans annual award for best and fairest player is named the Paul Broughton Medal in his honour.[8]


  1. ^ Masters, Roy (2 July 2010). "Small men need not apply to this select club". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 1 July 2010. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  2. ^ Gee, Steve (25 June 2010). "NRL fans demand home and away comp". The Daily Telegraph. Australia: Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 4 July 2010. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  3. ^ "Player Profile - Paul Broughton". Australia: SmartPack International Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  4. ^ Alan Whiticker/Glen Hudson: Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, 1995. ISBN 1875169571
  5. ^ "Raper takes over the reins"; in Sydney Morning Herald; 28 April 1978; p. 18
  6. ^ Curran, Brian (11 July 1989). "Last Word". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. p. 51. Retrieved 4 July 2010. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  7. ^ Turgeon, Luke (8 August 2009). "Godfather awaiting his finals blessing". Australia: News Limited. Retrieved 4 July 2010. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  8. ^ (4 October 2007). "Bailey, Laffranchi share Titans' top honour". ABC News. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 4 July 2010. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)

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