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Harold Horder

Winger

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Sydney, NSW
Date of Birth:
23 February 1894
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
South Sydney
Opposition:
Glebe
Date:
24 August 1912
Venue:
Wentworth Park, Sydney
Representative:
New South Wales, Queensland, Australia
Clubs:
South Sydney, North Sydney, Coorparoo

Career

Milestones
  • Premierships: 1914, 1918, 1921-22
  • Kangaroo Tour: 1921-22
  • Rated No. 12 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players 1992
First Class Games
270
Points
1608
Tries
336

Biography

When rugby league was in its infancy in Australia, there were only a few players with the ability to set the crowd alight every time they touched the ball.

The unpredictable ''Dally'' Messenger was one but perhaps not even he had the electric footwork and prolific try-scoring ability of Harold Horder.

The NSWRL's Rugby League Annual of 1928 said of him: ''If he is not the greatest of all rugby league footballers, he is unquestionably the greatest of all wing three-quarters''.

The flying winger from South Sydney burst onto the scene in 1912 in an end-of-season match against Glebe.

On one of his first touches of the ball, he ran 90 metres, beating defender after defender with a swerving, sidestepping run to the line. The try was the first of more than 200 that Horder would score in his senior career.

The son of a leading runner, Horder honed his skills in regular training sessions in Moore Park, where he would practice sprints and starts.

He went on to play for Souths and Norths in a 13-year career in the premiership, represented New South Wales 20 times and played 13 Tests for Australia.

When he retired he had a career tally of 239 tries from just 194 matches, a strike-rate well over a try per game at all levels of senior football.

He won premierships with Souths and Norths and formed a dynamic partnership with another prolific try scorer, Cec Blinkhorn.

“Champions come and go. You can reel off 100 or so of them. But there’ll never be another winger like Harold Horder.”

Cecil Blinkhorn Wing partner for club, state, and country

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
South Sydney Premiership
1912
1924
1919
1924
86 102 77 - 460
South Sydney City Cup
1912
1914
1917
1924
1912
1915
1918
1924
18 22 20 - 106
South Sydney Tour games 1918 1918 3 4 1 - 18
North Sydney Premiership 1920 1923 50 50 73 - 296
North Sydney City Cup 1920 1922 7 8 16 - 56
Coorparoo QRL Premiership 1925 1926 19 15 23 - 91

Representative Career

Intercity

Intercity
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Brisbane 1925 1926 5 2 2 - 10

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate series Queensland
1915
1919
1923
1915
1921
1924
9 23 18 - 105
New South Wales Queensland and New Zealand 1921 1921 1 2 2 - 10
New South Wales Touring teams
1914
1919
1924
1914
1921
1924
9 8 12 - 48
New South Wales Tour matches
1913
1922
1924
1913
1922
1924
17 35 9 - 123
Queensland Touring teams 1925 1925 1 1 3 - 9

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1914
1919
1924
1914
1922
1924
13 11 10 - 53
Australia Tour matches
1919
1921
1919
1922
24 37 11 - 133

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Metropolis England 1914 1914 1 2 - - 6
Metropolis Newcastle 1915 1915 2 5 10 - 35
Sydney England 1920 1920 1 3 3 - 15
Kangaroos Rest of Australasia 1922 1922 1 3 3 - 15
Metropolis Maoris 1922 1922 1 3 3 - 15
Metropolis University XIII 1922 1922 1 - 1 - 2
Metropolis Queensland 1923 1923 1 - 1 - 2

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