Faces of History
The Early Years 1908-1930
1910 - Newtown's first grade premiership-winning team of 1910 was definitely a "team of all the talents". No less than seven members of this team went on to win selection in the 1911-12 Australian Kangaroos touring team that won the Ashes in England.Bill Noble (sitting in the middle of the front row) captained the side although Charles "Boxer" Russell (in the same row as Noble, two in from the left) captained the team in the final competition round. The 1910 premiership was decided on a "first past the post" basis in those early years of the NSW Rugby League.
1910-1920 - Billy Farnsworth, one of three brothers, switched from the Wallabies in 1909 and was a key figure in the success of the 1911-1912 Kangaroo side. His brothers, Vivian and Roy, followed him into the Newtown ranks.
1910-1920 - Dick Townsend and Felix Ryan. Felix Ryan [right] joined Newtown in 1913 and played with the Bluebags over the next 11 seasons, every one in the top grade. Ryan played for Australia against New Zealand in 1919 and against Great Britain in 1921. Dick Townsend was one of Newtown's pioneers in 1908, appearing in 3rd grade for the club's first ever fixture. He made his first grade debut in 1913 and went on to play 127 matches in total, many of them as captain. Like Ryan, he was a Kangaroo in 1921.
Take a moment to browse a gallery of some of the players and officials who together wrote the history of the great Newtown Rugby League Football Club across the decades.
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