Jim Craig

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Jim Hampton Craig
Born
Saturday, 29th June, 1895
Died
Sunday, 13th December, 1959 (Aged 64 years and 166 days)

Biography

One of the most versatile and influential players in the history of the game, Jim Craig represented NSW, Queensland and Australia at fullback, centre, five-eighth and halfback. In club matches he regularly filled in as winger and lock and even promoted himself to hooker in one match for Wests and won an even share of the ball! Jimmy Craig emerged from the Balmain juniors and joined in the champion club teams that won premierships in 1915-17 and 1919-20. He toured with the 1921-22 Kangaroos and made his Test debut as a centre against England in the First Test. On his return to Australia in 1922 he spent a season with the fledgling University Club – even enrolling in a course to satisfy the strict eligibility rules of the time. Craig went to Ipswich in 1923 and captained Queensland to an historic series victory over NSW. In 1924 he led the Maroons to wins over NSW and England and was chosen to captain Australia in the Ashes series. Craig represented Australia again when the Lions returned in 1928, taking his career tally to 7 Tests. The following year he accepted the captain-coach role at Wests. Under Craig's leadership Wests won its maiden premiership in 1930. Again, it was his coaching that transformed Canterbury into a premier club in 1938. Jim Craig, ‘Mr Versatile’ passed away in 1959 at the age of 65. Craig was inducted into the ARL Hall of Fame in 2005.

- 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 1921, 1924, 1928 7 - 6   - 12 2 5 0 28.57% Match list
Overall 1921-1928 7 0 6   0 12 2 5 0 28.57% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1921 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1921 1 1 0   0 3 1 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
QLD Firsts 1923-28 18 8 29   - 82 13 5 0 72.22% Match list
NSW Firsts 1929 2 - 3   - 6 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1929 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1923-1929 21 8 32   0 88 16 5 0 76.19% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain NSWRFL 1915 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1916 14 2 5   - 16 12 2 0 85.71% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1917 10 2 -   - 6 9 1 0 90.00% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1919 4 - -   - - 3 1 0 75.00% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1920 ? 11 8   - 49  
Balmain NSWRFL 1921 ? 5 9   - 33  
University NSWRFL 1922 ? 3 8   - 25  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1929 ? 2 40   - 86  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1930 ? 4 37   - 86  
Overall 1915-1930 ? 29 107   0 301 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1915-17, 1919 30 20 22   - 104 26 4 0 86.67% Match list
University 1922 ? - -   - - ? ? ? ?  
Western Suburbs 1929-30 ? 6 77   - 172 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1915-1930 ? 29 107   0 301 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1915-1916 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1916 1 0 0   0 1 0 0 100.00% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1915-1919 38 21 24   1 113 32 7 0 84.21% Match list
University 1922 ? - -   - - ? ? ? ?  
Western Suburbs 1929-30 4 6 77   - 172 2 2 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 0-1930 ? 30 109   1 310 ? ? ? ?  

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