Ted Goodwin

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Ted Goodwin
Personal information
Full name Edward John Goodwin
Born 1953
Crows Nest, New South Wales
Height 5 ft 11 in. (182 cm)
Playing information
Position Centre, Fullback, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1972–78 St George Dragons 116 52 82 2 322
1979 Newtown Jets 6 1 1 0 5
1980–82 Western Suburbs Magpies 24 4 0 1 13
Total 146 57 83 3 340
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1972–76 New South Wales 9 1 0 0 4
1972–73 Australia 4 2 0 0 6

Ted Goodwin (born 1953) of Māori descent is an Australian former professional rugby league player in the NSWRL competition. Goodwin played for the St. George Dragons, Newtown Jets and Western Suburbs Magpies as well as representing for Country and New South Wales and Australia.

Club career[edit]

A Dapto High School junior, Goodwin had a long and eventful club career. He signed with St. George Dragons in 1972 after coming to talent scouts' attention when representing for Country from the Dapto club. Wildly unpredictable but extraordinarily gifted player, Ted Goodwin played seven seasons at Saints between 1972-1978, the high point probably being a part of the winning 1977 Grand Final team.[1]

A hugely popular player and a St. George 'favourite son', Goodwin played in three Grand finals with St George: the 1975 loss to Eastern Suburbs, the 1977 9–9 draw with Parramatta and the subsequent replay, won by St. George, 22–0.[2] In the drawn 1977 match he scored one of the best tries ever seen in a Grand Final when he regathered the ball after a great chip and chase and grounded it just before the dead-ball line, knocking himself unconscious in the process when his face smacked the hard Sydney Cricket Ground surface. He took no further part in the match but backed up the following week to kick six goals and a field-goal in the replay.

He played his final season with St. George Dragons in 1978, had a one season stay at Newtown Jets in 1979 and resurrected his career as a tough, dynamic forward with the Roy Masters coached Wests sides of 1980-1982. He was later named in the Western Suburbs Magpies Team of the Eighties.[3] He finished his playing days in New South Wales Country Rugby League with stints as captain-coach at Parkes and Forbes in Group 11 and also with the Willagee Bears in 1989-90 in the Western Australia Rugby League competition.

Representative career[edit]

Having earlier represented for Country from Dapto, Goodwin made eight state appearances for New South Wales during his St. George years. In 1972 he made his national representative debut as a reserve in the second Test against New Zealand. He was selected on the 1973 Kangaroo tour led by his club skipper Graeme Langlands. Goodwin appeared in six minor tour matches and on the wing in a Test match against Great Britain and in two against France. He scored seven tries on the tour, two in the first French Test. He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No.463.[4]


Goodwin went on to become a graded referee in Perth and up until 2001 held a position as Development Officer with the Western Australia Rugby League. He was instrumental in schools development of the code in Western Australia in the 1990s. In 2002 he was a referee for junior rugby league in Sydney's Sutherland Shire refereeing the 13B's Grand Final at Shark Park.[2]


Three of Goodwin's four sons played first grade rugby league in Australia - Luke (Penrith Panthers, Canterbury Bulldogs, Western Reds, Western Suburbs Magpies); Bronx (Canberra Raiders, Cronulla Sharks, St George Illawarra Dragons) and Bryson (Cronulla Sharks, Canterbury Bulldogs, South Sydney Rabbitohs).[5]


  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney
  • Whiticker, Alan & Hudson, Glen (2006) The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, Gavin Allen Publishing, Sydney


  1. ^ http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/players/ted-goodwin/summary.html
  2. ^ a b "Lord ted took the S route to glory". Sydney Morning Herald. 2005-08-20. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  3. ^ "VEST, KEATO, COGGER ALL HONOURED". weststigers.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  4. ^ ARL Annual Report, 2005. page 55
  5. ^ "Shark completes family quad-trick". Fox Sports News (Australia). 22 August 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2007. 

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