From the Vault: Magpies' last Grand Final victory
As we count down the days to this weekend’s Men of League Heritage Round clash between the Wests Tigers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium, Rugby League Films has unearthed footage of the very Grand Final that will be commemorated this weekend, the 1952 Premiership.
The fourth, and final premiership won by the Western Suburbs, the 1952 Final saw the Magpies score six tries to two in front of over 40,000 people at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Western Suburbs Grand Final victory, the Wests Tigers will wear a replica of their 1952 strip this Sunday at Allianz.
1952 GRAND FINAL MATCH DETAILS:
Referee: George Bishop
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground
WESTERN SUBURBS 22 DEFEATED
Tries: Don Schofield 2, Jack Fitzgerald, Dev Dines, George Bain, Peter McLean
Goals: George Bain 2
Team: George Bain, Bill Callinan, Col Ratcliff, Gerry Lowe, Jack Fitzgerald, Dev Dines, Leo Trevena, Kevin Hansen, Hec Farrell, William Horder, Don Schofield, Ron Watson, Peter McLean
SOUTH SYDNEY 12
Tries: Cec Smailes, Ken Macreadie
Goals: John Graves 3
Team: Don Murdoch, John Graves, Malcolm Spencer, Fred Threlfo, Cec Smailes, Norm Spillane, Ken Brogan, Denis Donoghue, Ernie Hammerton, Bryan Orrock, Ken Macreadie, Jack Rayner, Ray Neilson
Half Time: South Sydney 7 - 5