Paul Vautin

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Nickname(s)
Fatty
Born
Tuesday, 21st July, 1959
Current Age
Turns 60 tomorrow
Place Of Birth
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Representative Player Of The Year
1983
Dally M Second Rower Of The Year
1983
Dally M Captain Of The Year
1987

Biography

Whole-hearted Queensland forward's career with the Manly club came to a jarring halt in 1989. Vautin came to Sydney as an 18-year-old from Brisbane Wests in 1979 and immediately impressed with his determined displays. The advent of State of Origin football saw the red-headed lock produce many inspirational performances, often as vice-captain to Wally Lewis. Vautin first played for Australia against NZ in 1982 but was dropped for the Second Test to make way for the return of Ray Price and subsequently missed selection on the Kangaroo Tour. In 1983, he was both 'Dally M' Player's Player and Representative Player of the Year, and made a return to Test football in the Second Test against Great Britain in 1984. Vautin played in 13 Tests during his career, touring NZ twice (1985 and 1989), but was fated never to tour with the Kangaroos (he broke his arm and was sidelined for the final three months of the 1986 season). After playing in losing grand finals in 1982-83 Vautin led the Sea Eagles to grand final glory in 1987 and was named 'Dally M' Captain of the Year. After spending the 1988-89 off-season with St Helens he returned to England with Michael O'Connor after the start of the 1989 NSWRL season to captain the club in the Wembley Cup final (Saints were thrashed 27-0). Vautin's support of coach Alan Thompson during the troubled 1989 season led to Manly offering him a greatly reduced contract and he reluctantly signed with Easts. His final two years were ordinary by his own standards - dropped from the State of Origin team in 1990 he battled injuries and a spell in reserve grade before retiring in 1991. Vautin established a lucrative career in the media and as the host of the Footy Show, his popularity with the game’s fans reached almost cult status. As an employee of Channel 9, he was a vocal supporter of the (Kerry) Packer-backed ARL in light of Super League defections in 1995. Replacing Queensland State of Origin coach Wayne Bennett he answered his critics when Queensland won the series 3-0 with an unheralded team of youngsters. He stayed on as State coach for two more years, losing successive series, before being replaced by Bennett when the code reunited in 1998. In 1999 Vautin successfully gained a place on the Manly Football Club Board, helping to oversee the troubled merger with Norths that led to the short-lived Northern Eagles, but was forced to resign in 2003 when boardroom politics came to a head. Biography, Fatty: The Strife and Times of Paul Vautin (1992).

- 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 1982-85, 1988-89 13 - -   - - 10 3 0 76.92% Match list
Overall 1982-1989 13 0 0   0 10 3 0 76.92% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1982-1989 4 - -   - - 2 2 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1985-1989 4 0 0   0 2 2 0 50.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Queensland 1982-85, 1987-90 22 2 -   - 7 15 7 0 68.18% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1984 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1982-1990 23 2 0   0 7 16 7 0 69.57% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1979 20 3 -   - 9 11 8 1 55.00% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1980 14 1 -   - 3 8 5 1 57.14% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1981 18 2 -   - 6 9 8 1 50.00% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1982 23 6 -   - 18 13 10 0 56.52% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1983 24 1 -   - 4 20 4 0 83.33% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1984 14 1 -   - 4 8 6 0 57.14% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1985 20 2 -   2 10 11 8 1 55.00% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1986 11 - -   - - 6 5 0 54.55% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1987 23 1 -   - 4 17 5 1 73.91% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1988 22 2 2 / 2 100.00% - 12 14 8 0 63.64% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1989 15 1 -   - 4 5 9 1 33.33% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1990 16 1 -   - 4 3 12 1 18.75% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1991 18 - -   - - 9 8 1 50.00% Match list
Overall 1979-1991 238 21 2   2 78 134 96 8 56.30% Match list

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1979-89 204 20 2   2 74 122 76 6 59.80% Match list
Eastern Suburbs 1990-91 34 1 -   - 4 12 20 2 35.29% Match list
Overall 1979-1991 238 21 2   2 78 134 96 8 56.30% Match list

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1979-1988 10 - -   - - 5 5 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1982-1988 10 0 0   0 5 5 0 50.00% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1979-89 205 21 2   2 77 122 77 6 59.51% Match list
Eastern Suburbs 1990-91 34 1 -   - 4 12 20 2 35.29% Match list
Overall 1979-1991 239 22 2   2 81 134 97 8 56.07% Match list

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St Helens Championship 1988/89 ? 3 -   - 12  
Overall 1988-1989 ? 4 0   0 16 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St Helens 1988-89 ? 4 -   - 16 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1988-1989 ? 4 0   0 16 ? ? ? ?  

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