Craig Coleman

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Craig James Coleman
Born
Thursday, 31st January, 1963
Current Age
58 years and 258 days
Place Of Birth
Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

Cheeky, irrepressible halfback played a record 283 grade games with Souths. Coleman was a tyro behind the scrumbase; able to mobilise his forwards with sharp passing and providing great service to his outside backs. He played for Widnes in 1986-87, where he left under a cloud when he preferred to play second grade, and for Hull in 1988-89. After a decade with the Rabbitohs, he left the club at the end of 1992 to play with Salford in England. The following year, Coleman returned to Australia after the February 1 deadline and threatened to take the ARL to court when denied a clearance to play with the G’Coast club. (He played in the Souths A Grade competition for the remainder of the year). Coleman brought his experience to the fore with the struggling Seagulls club in 1994-5 and despite his veteran status, saw out his career with Wests in 1996. But his heart was always at Souths, and he returned to the club as a lower grade coach before taking over from Steve Martin midway through 1998. Coleman was at the helm of the Rabbitohs when they were excluded from the 2000 NRL competition and fought for two years for the right to be included in the premiership competition. It was only fitting then, when Souths returned in 2002, that Coleman was back as first grade coach but the move was not a success. After the Rabbitohs struggled to be competitive in 2002 and in pre-season trials in 2003, Coleman was sacked by the club.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1982 7 - -   - - 2 4 1 28.57% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1983 4 - -   - - 2 2 0 50.00% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1984 24 3 -   - 12 14 10 0 58.33% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1985 23 5 -   - 20 10 13 0 43.48% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1986 26 3 -   2 14 15 9 2 57.69% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1987 24 5 -   2 22 13 10 1 54.17% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1988 18 2 -   - 8 10 7 1 55.56% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1989 24 2 -   2 10 18 5 1 75.00% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1990 18 1 -   1 5 2 16 0 11.11% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1991 19 2 -   1 9 6 13 0 31.58% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1992 21 2 0 / 1 0.00% - 8 7 14 0 33.33% List
Gold Coast NSWRL 1994 22 2 -   - 8 5 16 1 22.73% List
Gold Coast ARL 1995 22 2 -   - 8 4 17 1 18.18% List
Western Suburbs ARL 1996 16 1 -   - 4 8 7 1 50.00% List
Overall 1982-1996 268 30 0   8 128 116 143 9 43.28% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1982-92 208 25 -   8 108 99 103 6 47.60% List
Gold Coast 1994-95 44 4 -   - 16 9 33 2 20.45% List
Western Suburbs 1996 16 1 -   - 4 8 7 1 50.00% List
Overall 1982-1996 268 30 0   8 128 116 143 9 43.28% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1982-1989 8 - -   - - 2 6 0 25.00% List
Overall 1984-1989 8 0 0   0 - 2 6 0 25.00% List

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Widnes Championship 1986/87 3 1 -   1 5 1 2 0 33.33% List
Hull FC Championship 1988/89 24 3 -   2 14 16 8 0 66.67% List
Leeds Championship 1989/90 16 3 -   2 14 12 3 1 75.00% List
Salford Championship 1992/93 28 7 -   - 28 9 19 0 32.14% List
Overall 1986-1993 71 14 0   5 61 38 32 1 53.52% List

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Widnes 1986 3 1 -   1 5 1 2 0 33.33% List
Hull FC 1988 24 3 -   2 14 16 8 0 66.67% List
Leeds 1989 16 3 -   2 14 12 3 1 75.00% List
Salford 1992 28 7 -   - 28 9 19 0 32.14% List
Overall 1986-1993 71 14 0   5 61 38 32 1 53.52% List

Your Say

Geof Coleman says: Is Craig James Coleman the son of John Maxwell Coleman? (06/02/2015)

Don Cameron says: I saw tugger grow up loving his football as a kid and as a senior player with south Sydney. There were some tough players that wore the red and green John Sattler, Les Davidson, David Boyle,Micheal Andrews but non tougher than Craig, he never took a backward step he had no fear. (28/12/2016)

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