Steve Rogers

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Career Stats & Summary

Father of Mat Rogers.
Rogers holds the standing record for the most points ever scored for the Cronulla club

Vital Statistics

Nickname(s)
Sludge
Born
Wednesday, 24th November, 1954
Died
Tuesday, 3rd January, 2006 (Aged 51 years and 40 days)
Place Of Birth
Sutherland, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Rothmans Medal
1975
Dally M Captain Of The Year
1981
Dally M Lock Of The Year
1981
Dally M Player Of The Year
1981

Known Family Links

Son
Mathew Rogers

Biography

One of the greatest centres of the post-war period, Steve Rogers was a Cronulla junior who spent three seasons playing for Southport in the Gold Coast competition after his parents moved to Queensland in their retirement. Signed by Cronulla (and future ARL) official Bob Abbott, Rogers was graded with the Sharks as an 18-year-old in 1973 and played in the club's historic grand final loss to Manly. Gaining selection with the Kangaroos, he did not play a Test on tour (he broke his jaw in France). Rogers was clearly destined for a great career but he suffered a knee injury in 1974, requiring a cartilage operation. In 1975 he won the Rothmans Medal for best and fairest player and continued to set records with his goal-kicking and gifted running (his 10g against Wests in 1977 is still a club record). An integral member of Australia's World Cup squads in 1975 and 1977, he had to wait until 1978 to make his Test debut (against NZ prior to the Kangaroo Tour). Rogers captained Cronulla in the 1978 grand final, landing four goals in the 11-all draw with Manly, but the Sharks were soundly beaten in the replay. Rogers also spent time in the forwards that year, showing his prowess as a cover-defender at lock. After representing Australia in the Ashes series against Great Britain in 1979, he had the honour of captaining Australia against France in 1981. In 1980, Rogers played for NSW in the inaugural State of Origin match but interestingly, he should have played for Queensland because his first senior representative match was for Brisbane Seconds. His partnership with Mick Cronin in the centres was one of the most effective in international football and a third Kangaroo tour followed, in 1982. With Cronulla battling to pay their star players, and in pursuit of a personal quest to win a premiership, Rogers signed with St George in 1983. Despite representing Australia again, Rogers' stay with the Dragons was plagued with injury but his finest match for the club was in defeat in the 1984 final against P’matta (a week later he played in the club's unsuccessful reserve grade grand final team). Rogers’ return to Cronulla lasted only the one match after his jaw was broken in an illegal tackle. He was then reluctantly involved in a protracted court case against C’bury forward Mark Bugden and although he did not play again for the club, finished his career with the Sharks as the greatest point-scorer in the club’s history. In October 1995, Rogers broke his leg playing for Widnes and when the injury didn’t heal sufficiently, he was unable to fulfill his planned move to I’warra for 1986 and retired. Moving to the Gold Coast, he coached in Queensland and Darwin with some success, but pulled out of a joint coaching position with Arthur Beetson at Cronulla in 1992. After two seasons as football manager with the W’Reds, he rejoined Cronulla in that role when the Super League club folded, rising to the position of Chief Executive of the Sharks. Rogers tragically died in January 2006, aged just 51, after accidentally taking an overdose of medication prescribed for depression.

- 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 1975, 1978-79, 1981-83 24 12 4   - 45 21 3 0 87.50% Match list
Overall 1975-1983 24 12 4   0 45 21 3 0 87.50% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1975, 1978 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1975-1978 2 0 0   0 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 1975 3 2 -   - 6 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Overall 1975 3 2 0   0 6 2 1 0 66.67% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1973, 1975-81 15 7 6   - 33 14 1 0 93.33% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1975-79, 1981-83 8 6 6   - 31 7 1 0 87.50% Match list
New South Wales 1980-82 4 - -   - - 1 3 0 25.00% Match list
Overall 1973-1983 27 13 12   0 64 22 5 0 81.48% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1973 ? 7 49   - 119  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1974 ? 2 23   - 52  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1975 ? 8 66   - 156  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1976 ? 8 25   - 74  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1977 17 11 56   1 146 12 5 0 70.59% Match list
Cronulla NSWRFL 1978 23 10 49   1 129 15 7 1 65.22% Match list
Cronulla NSWRFL 1979 20 7 32   1 86 12 7 1 60.00% Match list
Cronulla NSWRFL 1980 19 6 47   - 112 7 10 2 36.84% Match list
Cronulla NSWRFL 1981 23 14 76   - 194 13 9 1 56.52% Match list
Cronulla NSWRFL 1982 25 9 79   2 187 13 11 1 52.00% Match list
St George NSWRFL 1983 18 7 29   4 90 9 8 1 50.00% Match list
St George NSWRL 1984 10 1 13   1 31 6 4 0 60.00% Match list
Cronulla NSWRL 1985 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1973-1985 ? 90 544   10 1,376 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla 1973-82, 1985 ? 82 502   5 1255 ? ? ? ?  
Cronulla 1977-82, 1985 129 57 339   5 854 72 51 6 55.81% Match list
St George 1983-84 28 8 42   5 121 15 12 1 53.57% Match list
Overall 1973-1985 ? 90 544   10 1,376 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla 1977-1981 7 2 16   - 38 2 4 1 28.57% Match list
St George 1983-84 4 - -   1 1 1 3 0 25.00% Match list
Overall 1978-1984 11 2 16   1 39 3 7 1 27.27% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla 1973, 1977-82, 1985 ? 82 508   5 1267 ? ? ? ?  
Cronulla 1977-1985 133 57 345   5 866 74 53 6 55.64% Match list
St George 1983-84 28 8 42   5 121 15 12 1 53.57% Match list
Overall 1973-1985 ? 90 550   10 1,388 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Widnes Championship 1985/86 ? - -   - -  
Overall 1985-1986 ? 0 0   0 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Widnes 1985-86 ? - -   - - ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1985-1986 ? 0 0   0 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Steve says: Man...this guy was the best (10/06/2011)

James says: An absolute legend as a player and a captain. Rogers was an exciting runner of the ball, a highly competent goal kicker, and the best player Cronulla has ever had. His brilliant play helped lead Cronulla to two Grand Finals. This is something that even ET never achieved. (30/08/2013)

Anonymous says: The prince of centres simply the best (15/07/2014)

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