Almanac Rugby League: Vale Fred Jones




Fred Jones is carried from the field after leading the
Sea Eagles to their first premiership in 1972.



Rugby League has lost one of its real characters with the passing of Fred Jones who captained the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles to their first premiership in 1972 and followed it up with another flag in 1973. He was 78.


A rough and tough hooker in the days when scrums were no place for the faint hearted, Jones played 14 seasons for Manly-Warringah, totalling 241 NSWRL matches and scored 25 tries, none more important than that in the ’72 decider. He also represented Australia in the 1968 World Cup, scoring one try. Such was his standing at his club that he became the first Sea Eagles played to be afforded a testimonial season in 1974.


Chairman of the ARL Commission Peter V’landys summed it up this way:

“I had the great pleasure of meeting Fred a couple of years ago at a function and realised why he was so popular as he possessed a charismatic personality which made you feel good about the world. He was the player and person that made rugby league special and unique.”


To read the Sea Eagles’ tribute to Fred Jones click here.


Read the NRL’s tribute to Fred Jones here.


To see a summary of Fred Jones’ career click here.


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  1. Roseville Rocket says

    Freddy Jones was a ripper! And tough!

    Good to see the piece by Will Swanton in the Australian tell V’landys to pull his boof head in!

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