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Jack Beaton

Centre, Fullback, Winger

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
South Grafton, NSW
Date of Birth:
12 February 1914
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Eastern Suburbs
Opposition:
South Sydney
Date:
25 April 1934
Venue:
Sydney Sports Ground, NSW
Representative:
City, New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
Lismore, Eastern Suburbs

Career

Milestones
  • Premierships: 1935-37, 1940
  • Kangaroo Tour: 1937-38
  • Rated No. 89 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
94
Points
433
Tries
47

Biography

John James (Jack) Beaton's rugby league career was brief, yet in just five extraordinary seasons he established himself as an all-time great. Beaton was a member of the great Eastern Suburbs team of the 1930s, a versatile player who was equally at home at fullback, wing or centre; he was also an accomplished goalkicker.

Originally from Yass in southern New South Wales, Beaton played league as a youngster before heading to Sydney to attend St Joseph's College, Hunter's Hill.

There he developed into one of the finest footballers in GPS history, representing St Joseph's first XV from 1930 to 1932.

In 1933, Beaton moved to Lismore, where he captained the local league team, before returning to Sydney a year later to link up with Easts.

He played for New South Wales for the first time that season. With Beaton an integral member, Easts developed into one of the great club teams, rewriting the record books with a series of astonishing performances. In 1936 and 1937 the club was undefeated in premiership matches.

Beaton made his Test debut against the Jim Brough's English side in 1936 and toured with the Kangaroos of 1937–38, but after returning to Australia he shocked the league world by announcing his retirement.

In difficult times, the opportunity to hold down full-time employment was too good for Beaton to pass up, so at the age of 24 he slipped quietly into league history.

“In all his football he reveals the chivalry of a knight.”

J.C. Davis, 1938 Editor of The Referee

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Lismore Marist Brothers Lismore Competition 1933 1933 - - - - -
Eastern Suburbs Premiership 1936 1938 38 16 62 - 178
Eastern Suburbs City Cup 1937 1937 3 3 11 - 31

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Firsts Country Firsts 1934 1937 4 3 5 - 19

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland 1934 1937 12 13 3 - 45
New South Wales Touring Teams 1936 1936 1 - - - -
New South Wales Tour Matches 1935 1935 2 4 8 - 28

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests 1936 1938 10 1 14 - 31
Australia Tour Matches 1937 1938 22 5 43 - 101

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
The Rest New South Wales 1934 1934 1 - - - -
Sydney England 1936 1936 1 - - - -

Hall Of Fame Members