55. Eddie Lumsden

St George's 23–4 defeat of Balmain in 1966 was the ninth winning grand final for Eddie Lumsden, a winger who had trekked from Kurri Kurri in 1956 after making the Country Seconds to try his luck (for the second time) in the Sydney premiership.

Having previously stopped briefly at Manly, Lumsden signed with Saints and stayed a decade (1957–66), scoring 136 tries in 155 premiership matches. In two grand finals (1959 and 1961), he scored three tries.

Lumsden, tall and rawboned and with real speed, was a right winger with a fend and a hip bump that left many a would-be tackler grasping at nothing. In his first season at Saints, he scored 18 tries in 16 matches; in his last, he twice scored three tries in a game.

In between, he was remarkably reliable and consistent. Johnny King said of him: ''He was the strongest winger I have ever seen. When Eddie got the ball within 20 yards of the tryline the rest of us would start walking back to halfway''.

Lumsden played 15 Tests and 19 games for NSW, and made the 1959–60 Kangaroo tour, although the tries did not flow quite as freely for him at representative level. Later, he was a NSW and Australian selector.

Position: Winger.

Clubs: Kurri Kurri 1954–56; Manly 1955; St George 1957–66.

Club landmarks: Won premierships with St George 1957–66; Scored 136 tries in 158 games for St George.

Games for NSW: 19 (1957–63).

Tests for Australia: 15 (1959–63).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tour 1959–60; Australian tour of New Zealand 1961.