16. Cecil Blinkhorn

Cecil Blinkhorn was born at Redfern, but grew up at Chatswood and it was from there that he joined North Sydney in 1914.

Lightning fast, Blinkhorn also possessed a bewildering sidestep, a sledgehammer fend and a predatory try-scoring instinct.

He quickly graduated to first grade and was a shining star for Norths over five seasons before he switched to South Sydney in 1919.

When he crossed back over the harbour and rejoined the Shoremen in 1920 he brought the great Harold Horder with him, the pair reputedly recruited by Norths' secretary Lorne Dargan via the incentive of a few pounds and a new suit.

With Horder, Blinkhorn formed one of the finest wing combinations the game has seen, and their efforts helped give Norths two premierships and two City Cups between 1920 and 1922. Both toured with the 1921–22 Kangaroos.

Blinkhorn appeared in 29 matches in Britain and his achievement of scoring 39 tries is a record that will stand for all time. He made his only three Test appearances on this tour.

At the end of 1923, he and Horder returned to Souths, where Blinkhorn played one more season before serving the club as a committeeman for many years.

Later, he moved to Sydney's west and helped establish the Colyton JRLFC, a club which has produced Tony Butterfield, the Liddiard brothers and Craig Gower.

Position: Winger.

Clubs: North Sydney 1914–18, 1920–23; South Sydney 1919, 1924.

Club landmarks: Won premierships with Norths 1921–22.

Games for NSW: Six (1921–24).

Tests for Australia: Four (1921–24).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tour 1921–22 (scored a Kangaroo record 39 tries for the tour and a record nine tries in one game).