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Brian Bevan

Winger

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Bondi, NSW
Date of Birth:
24 June 1924
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Eastern Suburbs
Opposition:
South Sydney
Date:
02 May 1942
Venue:
Sydney Sports Ground, NSW
Representative:
Other Nationalities
Clubs:
Eastern Suburbs, Warrington, Blackpool Borough

Career

Milestones
  • Challenge Cups: 1950, 1954
  • Championship Titles: 1948, 1954, 1955
  • Australian Rugby League Team of the Century: 2008
  • Rated No. 22 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
696
Points
2458
Tries
796

Biography

"There are wingers and there are great wingers,'' Arthur Clues, Test second-rower in 1946, once declared. ''Then, way out beyond them all, is Brian Bevan.'' Born in Sydney's eastern suburbs, Bevan left for England early in his career where, through sheer volume of tries, he rose to legendary status.

The prematurely balding, wiry-framed, knee-bandaged Bevan looked anything but a try-scoring machine, but his opponents would testify otherwise. He consistently made fools of opposing defences with his armoury of attacking skills.

Bevan was devoted to physical fitness years before such intense training regimes were introduced to the game, which helps explains how he accumulated a monumental career tally of 796 tries from 688 appearances in English football.

His total is an incredible 275 tries ahead of the second player on the all-time list: Billy Boston.

Bevan was graded by Easts in 1941, and made seven first-grade appearances the following season and another one in 1946; navy service did limit his involvement, but, ironically, his only score in top-grade rugby league in Australia was a goal.

He signed a contract worth £300 with Warrington late in 1945, and repaid the club many times over in the 17 seasons that followed.

He wound up his career with two seasons at Blackpool, and even though he was approaching his 40th birthday, Bevan still managed 17 tries in 42 appearances. Later, he became the first player to be inducted into Halls of Fame in both England and Australia.

“There are wingers and then there are great wingers, then way out beyond them is Brian Bevan.”

Arthur Clues Former Other Nationalities team-mate

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Eastern Suburbs Premiership
1942
1946
1942
1946
8 - 1 - 2
Warrington England First Class Games 1945 1962 620 740 34 - 2,288
Blackpool Borough England First Class Games 1962 1964 42 17 - - 51

Representative Career

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Other Nationalities 1949 1955 16 26 - - 78
The Rest Great Britain 1950 1950 1 2 - - 6
Australasia Great Britain 1951 1951 1 1 - - 3
British Empire XIII New Zealand 1952 1952 1 1 - - 3
Rugby League XIII
1954
1961
1958
1961
6 6 - - 18
Rest of League Great Britain 1956 1956 1 3 - - 9

Hall Of Fame Members