Graham Eadie

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Nickname(s)
Wombat
Born
Wednesday, 25th November, 1953
Current Age
60 years and 246 days
Place Of Birth
Woy Woy, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

1974
Rothmans Medal
1983
Dally M Fullback Of The Year
1987
Lance Todd Trophy

Biography

Coming to Manly as an 18-year-old from Woy Woy, Graham Eadie secured the top fullback spot following the retirement of Bob Batty in 1971 and became one of the most prolific point-scorers in the post-war game. Eadie won four premiership titles with the Sea Eagles (1972-73, 1976 and 1978) and became an institution in Australia’s Test and World Cup teams during the 1970s. A rampaging attacking player, one of his finest matches was in the 1978 grand final replay where he single-handedly destroyed Cronulla in scoring a try, setting up two others for Russel Gartner and kicking three goals and a field goal. Eadie's representative career started on the 1973 Kangaroo tour when he was called into the final two Tests against Great Britain following an injury to captain-coach Graeme Langlands. He went on to play 12 Tests in all, as well as the 1975 and 1977 World Cup competitions, but retired from Test football following a second Kangaroo tour (1978) and the three-Test whitewash of Great Britain in 1979. The winner of the Rothmans Medal as best and fairest player in 1974 Eadie was the season's leading point-scorer in three consecutive seasons. His 14 goals in the 70-7 thrashing of Penrith in 1973 remains an individual postwar record. In 1978 Eadie added a further sporting achievement to his resume when he represented Australia in a World Sporting Superstar competition in Jamaica. Eadie's final rep match was in the first State of Origin clash (1980) and he surprisingly announced his retirement after playing in successive grand final losses to P’matta (1982-83). At the time he was the game's greatest point-scorer (bettered by Mick Cronin soon after) and remains the greatest point-scorer in Manly’s club history. The feeling that he still had a lot to offer the game was borne out in his remarkable comeback with English club Halifax in the mid 1980s. Under the coaching of fellow Australian Chris Anderson, Eadie scored a club record 16 tries at fullback and helped Halifax to victory in the 1986-87 Championship title and 1987 Challenge Cup. In the latter victory Eadie became the first Australian to win the Lance Todd Trophy as man-of-the-match. He then took over as coach of Halifax in 1988 but the move was short-lived, as was his time as lower grade coach of G’Coast(1991-92) and with South Queensland (1995-96). His son, Brook Eadie, won a premiership with the Crushers’ President’s Cup team in 1996.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1973-75, 1977-79 20 7 12   - 45 15 5 0 75.00% Match list
Overall 1973-1979 20 7 12   0 45 15 5 0 75.00% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1973-1978 2 - 5   - 10 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1975-1978 2 0 5   0 10 2 0 0 100.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1973-1977 8 5 7   - 29 7 1 0 87.50% Match list
Overall 1975-1977 8 5 7   0 29 7 1 0 87.50% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1972, 1974-80 13 4 10   - 32 11 1 1 84.62% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1974, 1976-77, 1979-80, 1983 6 9 11   - 49 6 0 0 100.00% Match list
New South Wales 1980 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1972-1983 20 13 21   0 81 17 2 1 85.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1971 ? - 10   - 20  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1972 ? 4 15   - 42  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1973 ? 4 69   - 150  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1974 ? 10 93   - 216  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1975 ? 14 100   - 242  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1976 ? 9 103   - 233  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1977 ? 4 67   - 146  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1978 ? 6 52   2 124  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1979 ? 6 68   1 155  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1980 20 2 80   - 166 9 9 2 45.00% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1981 14 2 40   - 86 9 3 2 64.29% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1982 15 3 51   - 111 8 7 0 53.33% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1983 27 7 99   - 226 22 5 0 81.48% Match list
Overall 1971-1983 ? 71 847   3 1,917 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1971-83 ? 71 847   3 1917 ? ? ? ?  
Manly Warringah 1980-83 76 14 270   - 589 48 24 4 63.16% Match list
Overall 1971-1983 ? 71 847   3 1,917 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1980-1983 7 - 21   - 42 4 3 0 57.14% Match list
Overall 1981-1983 7 0 21   0 42 4 3 0 57.14% Match list

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Halifax Championship 1986/87 ? 11 3   - 50  
Halifax Championship 1987/88 ? 8 7   - 46  
Halifax Championship 1988/89 ? - 3   - 6  
Overall 1986-1989 ? 29 22   0 160 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Halifax 1986-89 ? 29 22   - 160 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1986-1989 ? 29 22   0 160 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Paul Carter says: In 1979 Eadie got a 10 in Rugby League Week.He got a 10 after Manlys 19-14 win over Cronulla at Brookvale Oval on May 27.Also in 1983 Eadie scored the First ever 4 point try in the New South Wales Rugby League/Australian Rugby League/Super League/National Rugby League.He scored that try in Manlys 38-12 win over Cronulla at Brookvale Oval on Febuary 26. (23/08/2012)

Janene Chitts says: When I was about 14 years old, I was convinced I would marry Graham Eadie! He was my most favourite rugby league player and I brought rugby league week religiously hoping there would be an article or photo of him in it. I grew up in country NSW and my sister took me to Brookvale oval once to watch him play. I had plans of asking for his autograph and having my photo taken with him but as I saw him walking off the field at the end of the game, I just completely froze. As a teenager I was besotted with him, my voice was gone, and then he was gone, and so was my chance to meet him. That was some 35 years ago. I liked the way he carried himself, I liked how he always played fairly and professionally and with so much integrity, he was a classy player. What a shame I never got to meet him that day, but at least seeing him in real life was so much better than reading articles about him. (06/10/2013)

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