Terry Fearnley

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Terrence Colin Fearnley
Born
Friday, 21st July, 1933
Died
Wednesday, 4th March, 2015 (Aged 81 years and 226 days)
Place Of Birth
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

Easts prop forward and captain represented NSW in 1960 but missed a place in the club's grand final loss to St George that year because of injury. Fearnley's subsequent career as a coach was successful, checkered and controversial. Understudy to former teammate Jack Gibson at Easts in the mid 1970s, he succeeded Norm Provan as P’matta coach in 1976. The Eels made their first grand final under Fearnley's coaching, losing narrowly to Manly 13-10. He drew criticism for P’matta's tactics in the face of open aggression from St George in the grand final draw and replay in 1977. (In turn, he was openly critical of the refereeing in the two matches and has stated that the Eels were under no instructions to ‘turn the other cheek’). He was fated never to win a Sydney premiership and stints with Wests (1982), Cronulla (1983-4) and I’warra (1988) brought only mixed success. In 1985 Fearnley was the first NSW coach to win a State of Origin series but as Australian coach, he battled Queensland factions on the troubled tour of NZ, and he was replaced by Don Furner in 1986.

- 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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Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1960 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1960 1 0 0   0 0 1 0 0.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1954 ? - -   - -  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1955 ? 1 -   - 3  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1957 ? 1 -   - 3  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1958 ? - -   - -  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1959 ? - -   - -  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1960 ? 3 -   - 9  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1961 ? 1 -   - 3  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1962 ? - -   - -  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1963 ? - 2   - 4  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1964 ? 1 -   - 3  
Overall 1954-1964 ? 7 2   0 25 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1954-55, 1957-64 ? 7 2   - 25 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1954-1964 ? 7 2   0 25 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Matt says: Jack Gibson has always been credited with bringing American style coaching and training methods to Rugby League in Australia however it is a little known fact that it was Terry Fearnley who made Gibson aware of American methods- most notably the teachings of Vince Lombardi. While Gibson brought Parra their first ever premiership, it was Fearnley who laid the foundation for future greatness at the Parramatta club. (02/01/2018)

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Last modified: Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:28:00 +0000 (Sydney time)