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Cyril "Cec" Blinkhorn

Winger

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Redfern, NSW
Date of Birth:
16 April 1892
Nickname:
Cec
Debut Team:
North Sydney
Opposition:
South Sydney
Date:
15 August 1914
Venue:
North Sydney Oval, Sydney
Representative:
New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
North Sydney, South Sydney

Career

Milestones
  • Kangaroo Tour 1912-22
  • Premierships: 1921-22
  • Rated No. 44 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
166
Points
442
Tries
142

Biography

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.

“A real flying machine with a devastating fend-off.”

The Yorkshire Post, 1922

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
North Sydney Premiership
1914
1920
1918
1923
92 79 5 - 247
North Sydney City Cup
1915
1920
1918
1922
14 7 3 - 27
South Sydney Premiership
1919
1924
1919
1924
15 7 - - 21
South Sydney City Cup 1924 1924 1 - - - -

Representative Career

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate series Queensland 1922 1924 4 1 - - 3
New South Wales Touring teams
1921
1924
1921
1924
3 4 - - 12
New South Wales Tour matches 1923 1923 1 1 - - 3

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1921
1924
1922
1924
4 3 - - 9
Australia Tour matches 1921 1922 26 36 - - 108

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Metropolis Newcastle 1915 1915 1 - - - -
Rest of NSW Kangaroos 1917 1917 1 1 - - 3
Next Best Best 1918 1918 1 - - - -
Kangaroos Rest of Australasia 1922 1922 1 1 - - 3
Metropolis Maoris 1922 1922 1 2 - - 6
Metropolis Queensland 1922 1922 1 - - - -

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