Steve Martin

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Monday, 7th January, 1957
Current Age
57 years and 297 days

Biography

Dynamic halfback with a background as an Australian Rules player in Wagga first came under notice when he represented Riverina in the 1976 Amco Cup competition. Martin, who played for Barrow in English club football in 1975-76, came to Manly in 1978 in what was a phenomenal debut season. Rushed into the NSW side as five-eighth after only a handful of first grade games, he played in both the drawn grand final and the grand final replay win over Cronulla before touring with the Kangaroos. NSWRL 'Rookie of the Year', he appeared in 11 matches on tour and made his sole Test appearance as a centre against France in the First Test at Carcassonne. Martin was a reserve for NSW in the first State of Origin match in 1980 and his versatility in the backline saw him tour NZ with the Australian team that year (5 games, no Tests). He underwent several positional changes at Manly (centre, five-eighth, halfback and lock) but went to Balmain in 1982 to cement a first grade place as halfback. Despite glimpses of the old magic, Martin's two seasons with the Tigers were plagued by a series of shoulder injuries and he went to England to play for Leeds in 1983-84. When his Sydney career was over he captain-coached West Tamworth to two premierships in 1986-87 but retired as a player following two shoulder dislocations. As coach of Norths he won a reserve grade premiership in 1989 before taking the club to the 1991 final – Norths’ best effort in 26 years. Unfortunately Martin's winning formula became staid and predictable and he resigned the following year after a disappointing season and took on the role of coach of Featherstone Rovers in England. He returned to Australia as coach of Souths in 1998 but clashed with players and management over his disciplining of Julian O’Neill and was sacked by the Rabbitohs midway through the year.

- 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 1978 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1978 1 0 0   0 0 1 0 0.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1978, 1980 2 1 -   - 3 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1978-1980 2 1 0   0 3 2 0 0 100.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1978 ? 7 -   1 22  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1979 ? 5 -   - 15  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1980 20 5 -   1 16 9 9 2 45.00% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1981 15 4 -   - 12 7 7 1 46.67% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1982 21 3 -   - 9 9 12 0 42.86% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1983 22 6 -   1 25 14 8 0 63.64% Match list
Balmain NSWRL 1984 9 1 -   - 4 4 5 0 44.44% Match list
Overall 1978-1984 ? 31 0   3 103 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1978-81 ? 21 -   2 65 ? ? ? ?  
Manly Warringah 1980-81 35 9 -   1 28 16 16 3 45.71% Match list
Balmain 1982-84 52 10 -   1 38 27 25 0 51.92% Match list
Overall 1978-1984 ? 31 0   3 103 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1980-1981 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
Balmain 1982-1983 1 1 -   - 4 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1981-1983 3 1 0   0 4 1 2 0 33.33% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1978, 1980-81 ? 21 -   2 65 ? ? ? ?  
Manly Warringah 1980-1981 39 9 -   1 28 20 17 4 51.28% Match list
Balmain 1982-84 52 10 -   1 38 27 26 0 51.92% Match list
Overall 1978-1984 ? 31 0   3 103 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Leeds Championship 1983/84 ? 2 -   - 8  
Overall 1983-1984 ? 4 0   0 16 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Leeds 1983-84 ? 4 -   - 16 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1983-1984 ? 4 0   0 16 ? ? ? ?  

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