In a recent podcast chat on Fergo and the Freak I mentioned Fox League should have more content for their channel. I suggested a mini series of the history of the game and just randomly picked a year that they could focus on; 1936.
This made me wonder: “what was that season like”. So I put my historian hat on and investigated. I found out the following interesting facts:
• University broke their losing streak in round 14, the longest consecutive loses of 42 in the games history.
• The first Premiership game was played at Henson Park.
• South Sydney lost more games than they won for the first time since 1919.
• There were only 9 clubs in the competition: Balmain, Canterbury-Bankstown, Eastern Suburbs, Newtown, North Sydney, South Sydney, St George, University, and Western Suburbs.
• Eastern Suburbs won their 6th Premiership & 7th Minor Premiership.
• 63 matches were played with a total of 1956 points being scored for the year.
• Syd Christensen was the top point scorer (126 points) and Fred Tottey was the top try scorer (25).
• Joe “Chimpy” Busch; the Tigers halfback retired,
• The Great Britian Lions Tour took place. The previous tour was in 1933, the next tour would not happen until 1946. The Lions won 21 games and lost 3.
• The first Ashes test took place on 29 June at the SCG with a crowd attendance of 63,920 and the ground was full at 9am despite kickoff not starting until 3pm.
• The Ashes series saw more than £10,000 paid through the gates at the despite the wet weather.
• Australia had their youngest captain at the time, Dave Brown at 23 years and 86 days old lead their Ashes team.
• Players were paid £15 for test appearances, £8 for Sydney vs England and £6 for NSW games.
• Referees were paid £10 for tests and tough judges were paid £3.
I want to thank Andrew Ferguson, rugbyleagueproject.org & “A Centenary of Rugby League by Ian Heads & David Middleton for their resources that I was able read to research for this blog. Any mistakes are mine
I hope you readers found this post interesting.