Sid Deane

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Not to be confused with Sydney Deane.
Sid Deane
Personal information
Full name Sidney Phillip Deane
Born 1885
North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died 19 October 1967
Dee Why, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1908 North Sydney Bears 9 1 0 0 3
1908–11 Oldham
1912–14 North Sydney Bears 21 6 0 0 18
1915–16 Hull F.C.
1917–19 North Sydney Bears 6 0 0 0 0
Total 36 7 0 0 21
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1908–14 New South Wales 14 7 0 0 21
1908–14 Australia 5 1 0 0 3
Source: Rugby League Project and Yesterday's Hero

Sid Deane (1885–1967) was a foundation Australian rugby league player. He was a Centre for the Australia national team. He played in 5 Tests between 1908 and 1914. In 1914 he became the ninth Australian national captain and the first from the North Sydney Club.

Club career[edit]

Born in North Sydney, he commenced his footballing career with Norths rugby union. He was present at the North Sydney School of Arts in 1907 for the meeting which founded the North Sydney Bears. He was elected onto the players committee and played at five-eighth in the inaugural round of rugby league matches played in Sydney on 20 April 1908.

Following his appearances for Australia on the inaugural Kangaroo tour of England in 1908 several English clubs made offers for him to stay and he reached agreement with the Oldham.[1] For the next four seasons he featured in a star-studded team including Arthur Anlezark, Kangaroo Tom McCabe and English representatives James "Jim" Lomas, Alf Wood and Albert Avery. Oldham were Championship finalists for each of those four years. Deane played Centre, i.e. number 3, in Oldham's 3-7 defeat by Wigan in the Championship Final during the 1908–09 season at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 1 May 1909,[2] played, and was captain in Oldham's 13-7 victory over Wigan in the Championship Final during the 1909–10 season, and played, and was captain in Oldham's 20-7 victory over Wigan in the Championship Final during the 1910–11 season.

He had further seasons with North Sydney from 1912 to 1914, then returned to England to play with Hull F.C. for two seasons 1915-1916. He finished his career with North Sydney in 1919.

In August, 2006 Deane was named in the North Sydney Bears' Team of the Century.

Representative career[edit]

He made his representative debut for New South Wales in May 1908 against the New Zealand "All Golds" and later that year for a NSW side against the NZ Maori. In July Deane was selected in the Pioneer Kangaroo side to tour England and made his international debut in the centres alongside Dally Messenger in the first Ashes Test on 22 November 1908.

Following Deane's return from the English competition in 1912 he again represented New South Wales against touring New Zealand and English sides.

During the 1914 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand Deane captained the Kangaroos in all three Ashes Tests.[3] Australia won the second Test in July 1914 12-7. This was the first rugby league Test played at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the first Australian home victory against the English.

After football[edit]

Deane's wider family contributed to the development of rugby league in Australia. His brothers Os and Lal both played for North Sydney. Os represented New South Wales and Lal became a first grade and representative level referee. Deane's sister married his North Sydney and Australia teammate Con Sullivan and their son, Bob went on to represent Australia in 1954, and both he and another nephew Jack played for Norths as well.

After retirement he helped run the family sports store and billiards room in North Sydney and was an SP bookmaker in later life.

Deane (back row 3rd from right) Pioneer Kangaroos 1908-09

Matches played[edit]

Team Matches Years
North Sydney 35 1908–1919
Australia (Tests) 5 1908–1914


  1. ^ "OLDHAM RLFC INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION". Hall of Fame. Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "1908-1909 Championship Final". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Whiticker, Alan. "Sid Deane". Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 


  • Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney
  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League, Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney
Preceded by
Chris McKivat
Australian national rugby league captain
Succeeded by
Arthur Halloway