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Club Records

Key Information

Club Records 1935-2020

Colours: Royal blue and white

Emblem: Bulldog (formerly Berries)

Year entered premiership: 1935 (known as Sydney Bulldogs 1995, Bulldogs 2000-09)

First match: April 25, 1935, lost 5-20 v Norths, North Sydney Oval

First team: George Main; Vince Dwyer, Jack Morrison (c), Sid Elliott, Basil Crawford; Tom Carey, Harry Brown; Frank Sponberg, Jack McConnell, Alf Wellington, Fred Chaplin, Bob Lindfield, Jack Hartwell. Coach: Tedda Courtney.

First try: Jack Hartwell (v Norths, North Sydney Oval, April 25, 1935)

Full premiership record: Played 1,866, won 955, lost 858, drawn 53, byes 47, for 32,256 (5,554 tries, 6,092 goals, 165 field goals), against 32,159 (5,714 tries, 5,938 goals, 146 field goals), points 1,912. Winning percentage: 51.2%.

Home grounds: Belmore Sports Ground (1936-94, 1996-98), Parramatta Stadium (1995), ANZ Stadium (1999-2000, 2003-20), Sydney Showground, Homebush (2001-2005).

Note: No home ground 1935. Belmore Sports Ground known as Belmore Oval 1936-67. ANZ Stadium known as Stadium Australia until 2002, Telstra Stadium until 2007.

Home ground attendance record: 51,686, Bulldogs v Souths, ANZ Stadium, March 29, 2013. 27,804, Canterbury v Parramatta, Belmore Sports Ground, April 12, 1993. 21,895, Bulldogs v Parramatta, Sydney Showground, August 10, 2001.

Average home crowds 2020: n/a (due to COVID-19 restrictions, spectators were prevented from attending matches until Round 7, when limits were imposed on attendances which remained until the end of the season)

Record average home crowds: 20,008 in 2009

Major sponsors: Electronic Sales & Rentals (1980-81), Joyce Mayne Discounts (1982), General Electronics (1983), HFC Financial Services (1984-92), Hyundai (1993-96), Canterbury League Club (1997), Stardome (1998-99), realestate.com.au (2000), National Telecoms Group (2001-2002), Mitsubishi Electric (2003-08), Jaycar Electronics (2009-16), KIA Motors (2017-19), Laundy Hotels (2020)

Team Records

First grade (8): 1938, 1942, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004

Runners up (10): 1940, 1947, 1967, 1974, 1979, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2012, 2014

Minor premierships (7): 1938, 1942, 1947, 1984, 1993, 1994, 2012

Pre-season competition (2): 1962, 1970

Reserve grade (and equivalent competitions) (12): 1939, 1971, 1972, 1980, 1997*, 1998 (President’s Cup), 2000 (First Division), 2002 (First Division), 2009 (NSW Cup), 2010 (NSW Cup), 2011 (NSW Cup), 2018 (NSW Intrust Premiership)

Third grade (and equivalent competitions) (5): 1971, 1991 (President’s Cup), 1999, (Jersey Flegg), 2000 (Jersey Flegg), 2001 (Jersey Flegg)

Club championship (5): 1938, 1939, 1993, 1994, 2012

Biggest wins

  • 66-4 v North Queensland, Belmore Sports Ground, August 27, 1995 (also highest score)
  • 52-0 v Wests, Lidcombe Oval, June 2, 1985
  • 54-4 v Wests, Sydney Cricket Ground, June 23, 1986
  • 62-12 v Souths, Aussie Stadium, August 3, 2003
  • 52-4 v Canberra, Telstra Stadium, August 12, 2007

Most consecutive wins: 17, March 31, 2002 to August 3, 2002

Biggest comeback: Recovered from 20-point deficit to win. Trailed Northern Eagles 20-0 after 23 minutes at NorthPower Stadium on June 24, 2001 and won 32-30

Biggest losses

  • 91-6 v St George, Earl Park, May 11, 1935 (also premiership record and highest score conceded)
  • 87-7 v Easts, Sydney Sports Ground, May 18, 1935
  • 65-10 v Easts, Pratten Park, August 10, 1935
  • 65-11 v Wests, Pratten Park, August 31, 1935
  • 56-4 v Parramatta, Parramatta Stadium, August 12, 2005
  • 54-2 v Wests Tigers, Telstra Stadium, August 19, 2005
  • 56-4 v Wests Tigers, ANZ Stadium, August 3, 2008

Most consecutive losses: 11, June 25, 1955 to April 14, 1956. 11, July 6, 1965 to April 17, 1966.

Worst collapse: Surrendered 20-point lead. Led Parramatta 20-0 after 44 minutes at ANZ Stadium on March 15, 2008 and lost 28-20.

First grade coaches: Steve Georgallis (2020), Dean Pay (2018-20), Des Hasler (2012-17), Jim Dymock (2011), Kevin Moore (2009-11), Steve Folkes (1998-2008), Chris Anderson (1990 97), Phil Gould (1988 89), Warren Ryan (1984 87), Ted Glossop (1978 83), Malcolm Clift (1973 77), Bob Hagan (1971 72), Kevin Ryan (1967 70), Roger Pearman (1966), Eddie Burns (1960 62, 1965), Clive Churchill (1963 64), Cec Cooper (1958 59), Col Geelan (1957), Vic Hey (1955 56), Jack Hampstead (1953-54), Vic Bulgin (1951), Alby Why (1950 52), Henry Porter (1949), Arthur ‘Pony’ Halloway (1948), Ross McKinnon (1946 47), Bill Kelly (1945), Cec ‘Dick’ Fifield (1944), Ron Bailey (1941, 1944), Roy Kirkaldy (1943), Jerry Brien (1939, 1942), Alan Brady (1940), Jimmy Craig (1938), George Mason (1937), Frank Burge (1936), Tedda Courtney (1935).

Canterbury Cup NSW 2020: Coach Brad Henderson. Competition abandoned after one rounds due to COVID-19.

Representative

Club Internationals

Australia (45): Braith Anasta, Chris Anderson, Ron Bailey, Greg Brentnall, Darren Britt, Ross Conlon, Ron Costello, Tony Currie, Brett Dallas, Paul Dunn, Jim Dymock, Hazem El Masri, Andrew Farrar, Steve Folkes, David Gillespie, Kevin Goldspink, Johnny Greaves, Ben Hannant, Solomon Haumono*, Jason Hetherington, Bruce Hopkins, Jamal Idris, Josh Jackson, Les Johns, David Klemmer, Terry Lamb, Paul Langmack, Reni Maitua, Willie Mason, Bruce McGuire, Josh Morris, Chris Mortimer, Steve Mortimer, Mark O’Meley, Dean Pay, George Peponis, Tim Pickup, Steve Price, John Rhodes, Andrew Ryan, Darren Smith, Jason Smith, Willie Tonga, Peter Tunks, Ron Willey

New Zealand (24): Roy Asotasi, Greg Eastwood, Mark Elia, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Kieran Foran, Bryson Goodwin, Daryl Halligan, Corey Harawira-Naera, Gavin Hill, Krisnan Inu, Sam Kasiano, Jamahl Lolesi, Jarrod McCracken, Sam Perrett, Frank Pritchard, Paul Rauhihi, Ben Roberts, Willie Talau, John Timu, Matt Utai, Nigel Vagana, Dallin Watene-Zelzniak, Jason Williams, Sonny Bill Williams

England (1): James Graham

Test captains (2): Ron Bailey (1946), George Peponis (1979-80)

World Cup captains: nil

Record Test representation: 4 players v Fiji, October 14, 1995 (Brett Dallas, Dean Pay, Jim Dymock, Jason Smith). 4 players v New Zealand, October 22, 1995 (Brett Dallas, Dean Pay, Jim Dymock, Jason Smith). 4 players v England, October 28, 1995 (Brett Dallas, Dean Pay, Jim Dymock, Jason Smith). 4 players v New Zealand, October 14, 2006 (Mark O’Meley, Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan, Reni Maitua)* A fifth Bulldog, Roy Asotasi played in the same Test for New Zealand. Six Canterbury players appeared in Australia v New Zealand Test, October 13, 2012 (Josh Morris for Australia and Greg Eastwood, Krisnan Inu, Sam Kasiano, Sam Perrett and Frank Pritchard for New Zealand)

State of Origin

Representatives (42):

New South Wales (30): Braith Anasta, Chris Anderson, Greg Brentnall, Ross Conlon, John Coveney, Paul Dunn, Hazem El Masri, Michael Ennis, Andrew Farrar, Steve Folkes, David Gillespie, Trent Hodkinson, Jamal Idris, Josh Jackson, Pat Jarvis, Brett Kimmorley, David Klemmer, Terry Lamb, Paul Langmack, Willie Mason, Brett Morris, Josh Morris, Chris Mortimer, Steve Mortimer, Mark O’Meley, Dean Pay, Mick Potter, Josh Reynolds, Andrew Ryan, Peter Tunks

Queensland (12): Martin Bella, Tony Currie, Brett Dallas, Ben Hannant, Jason Hetherington, Nate Myles, Dylan Napa, Travis Norton, Steve Price, Darren Smith, Jason Smith, Willie Tonga

Record State of Origin representation: 6 players, 1986 (Game 1): C Mortimer, Farrar, Folkes, Tunks, Lamb, Gillespie (New South Wales).

* Denotes Super League

Finishing Positions
1935 8th
1936 Semi-finalists
1937 5th
1938 Premiers
1939 Semi-finalists
1940 Runners-up
1941 Semi-finalists
1942 Premiers
1943 8th (last)
1944 8th (Last)
1945 6th
1946 Semi-finalists
1947 Runners-up
1948 5th
1949 7th
1950 6th
1951 7th
1952 9th
1953 6th
1954 8th
1955 9th
1956 7th
1957 9th
1958 9th
1959 9th
1960 Semi-finalists
1961 8th
1962 6th
1963 8th
1964 10th (last)
1965 9th
1966 8th
1967 Runners-up
1968 9th
1969 8th
1970 Semi-finalists
1971 6th
1972 6th
1973 Prelim. Semi-finalists
1974 Runners-up
1975 Prelim. Semi-finalists
1976 Prelim. Finalists
1977 7th
1978 Prelim. Semi-finalists
1979 Runners-up
1980 Premiers
1981 10th
1982 9th
1983 Prelim. Finalists
1984 Premiers
1985 Premiers
1986 Runners-up
1987 6th
1988 Premiers
1989 9th
1990 7th
1991 6th
1992 7th
1993 Prelim. Finalists
1994 Runners-up
1995 Premiers
1996 10th
1997 Prelim. Semi-finalists
1998 Runners-up
1999 Semi-finalists
2000 11th
2001 Semi-finalists
2002 15th (relegated to last after breaching the NRL salary cap)
2003 Prelim. Finalists
2004 Premiers
2005 12th
2006 Prelim. Finalists
2007 Semi-finalists
2008 16th (last)
2009 Prelim. finalists
2010 13th
2011 9th
2012 Runners-up
2013 Elimination finalists
2014 Runners-up
2015 Semi-finalists
2016 Elimination finalists
2017 11th
2018 12th
2019 12th
2020 15th

Individual Records

Rothmans Medal winners (3): Greg Brentnall (1982), Terry Lamb (1984), Ewan McGrady (1991)

Dally M winners (2): Michael Potter (1984), Ben Barba (2012)

Clive Churchill Medal winners (3): Paul Dunn (1988), Jim Dymock (1995), Willie Mason (2004)

Oldest Player: Roy Kirkaldy, 38 and 149 days in 1948

Youngest Player: Brett Dallas, 17 and 245 days in 1992

Last updated 14/12/2020