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Albert Rosenfeld

Winger, Five-eighth

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Sydney, NSW
Date of Birth:
28 July 1885
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
New South Wales
Opposition:
New Zealand
Date:
17 August 1907
Venue:
Royal Agricultural Society Ground, Sydney
Representative:
New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
Eastern Suburbs, Huddersfield, Wakefield Trinity, Bradford Northern

Career

Milestones
  • Kangaroo Tour: 1908-09
  • Championship Titles: 1911-15
  • Challenge Cups: 1913, 1915
  • Rated No. 64 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
  • Holds all-time record for most tries in a season (80): 1913-14
First Class Games
413
Points
1281
Tries
423

Biography

Albert Rosenfeld played alongside Dally Messenger in the Easts rugby union team in 1906, but despite his early promise and combination with Messenger, he languished in club football until the arrival of rugby league in 1907, where he was immediately brought into the NSW team to play Baskerville's ''All Golds''.

Short and thickset, Rosenfeld had great strength, real bounce and was decidedly quick. He was a master of the chip and chase.

He played five-eighth in all three Tests for Australia against the Kiwis in 1908, and made the 1908–09 Kangaroos squad. However, he could break into the Test team only once on tour.

But after catching the eye of keen judges in a match against Huddersfield, he accepted a contract with the English club.

As a winger, he became a key part of Huddersfield's ''Team of All the Talents''.

Rosenfeld played in 14 cup finals, losing only three. The experiences of playing alongside Messenger and then Huddersfield great captain Harold Wagstaff saw Rosenfeld cultivate his intuition, becoming a rare judge of position.

His skill developed to the point that he must now be ranked among the best all-roundcentres and wingers, the game has seen.

Rosenfeld retains the record for the most tries in an English season (80 in 1913–14, beating his record of 78 tries in 1911–12). In 1988, he was one of the original nine footballers inducted in the English Rugby League's Hall of Fame.

“He was the perfect running machine at the end of a sublime backline.”

Robert Gate English historian

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Eastern Suburbs Premiership 1908 1909 12 6 1 - 20
Huddersfield England First Class Games 1909 1921 287 386 2 - 1,102
Wakefield Trinity England First Class Games 1921 1923 66 16 1 - 50
Bradford Northern England First Class Games 1923 1924 23 1 - - 3

Representative Career

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Touring sides 1907 1909 4 5 2 - 19

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests 1908 1909 4 1 - - 3
Australia Tour matches 1908 1909 15 8 - - 24

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Kangaroos Rest of New South Wales 1909 1909 2 - - - -

Hall Of Fame Members