Almanac Rugby League – Roy Masters and a coach’s attire

I love the olde world of sport – just on the edge of professionalism.

I used to barrack for Wests in the NSWRL because they wore the same colours as the mighty Oakey Bears. So many great players were pilfered.

But I bring this to your attention because Tim Berry sent it to me, knowing that I would love the attire of the coach – Roy Masters.

It’s been a joy to share the Offsiders’ couch with Roy over the years.




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About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Adidas Romes were all the rage. Without socks. Just put ’em in the washing machine every 6 months when the missus refused to allow them in the house any more.
    From memory Ribot and Giteau could both play, and then there were the hard men like the legendary Dallas Donnelly. “Nothing sweeter than the smell of silvertail blood – through a broken nose”.

  2. Rocket Singers says

    You’re so right about Dallas Donnelly – Peter_B

    Alas by 1980 Wests had lost Lesley William Boyd branded ‘fat, slow and predictable’ by the Daily Mirror to the silvertails over on the Manly peninsula and Singo had gotten Tommy Raudonikis over to the Bluebags. Both came from the Riverina. Hard pressed to name a current player in the NRL from the Riverina….

    In 1980 the best four half-backs in Sydney came from Wagga! Tommy Raudonikis at Newtown, Turvey Steve Mortimer at Canterbury, The Whiz Steve Martin at Norths and Sterlo at Parramatta.

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