Tommy Bishop

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Tuesday, 15th October, 1940
Current Age
73 years and 186 days

Awards & Accolades

1970
RLW Player of the Year

Biography

Terrier-sized St Helens and Great Britain halfback transformed the fledgling Cronulla club into a premiership force in the early 1970s. Bishop had toured Australia with the Lions in 1966 and again in the 1968 World Cup before being signed by the Sharks in 1969. After captaining Great Britain against France in 1969-70, he took on the captain-coach role with the Sharks for the 1970 season. Under his leadership, Cronulla produced an open style of attacking football and when countryman Cliff Watson joined him in 1971, the club enjoyed its best season on record. Bishop snapped his Achilles tendon in 1972 and returned home to England to recover and missed the entire season. The following year proved to be a watershed in the club's history; Cronulla finished second to Manly in the minor premiership and qualified for its first grand final appearance. Many were critical of Bishop's tactics in the match, with the Sharks' uncharacteristic strong-arm tactics failing to unsettle the more-experienced Sea Eagles. Bishop's efforts never wavered though, setting up a try for Rick Bourke to keep his young team in the match until the final whistle. At the conclusion of the season, Bishop and Watson failed to come to terms with the financially rattled club and Bishop went to captain-coach Northern Suburbs in the Brisbane competition. However his short-lived time as coach of Norths in 1979 was a disaster, as was his return to Cronulla in 1980. Bishop briefly returned to England after this career setback and coached Workington in 1982-83.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Great Britain 1966-69 15 1 -   3 9 8 7 0 53.33% Match list
Overall 1966-1969 15 1 0   3 9 8 7 0 53.33% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Great Britain 1966-1968 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% Match list
Overall 1968 3 0 0   0 1 2 0 33.33% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1969 ? 1 -   - 3  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1970 ? 9 -   1 29  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1971 ? 2 -   - 6  
Cronulla NSWRFL 1973 ? 9 -   1 28  
Overall 1969-1973 ? 21 0   2 66 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla 1969-71, 1973 ? 21 -   2 66 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1969-1973 ? 21 0   2 66 ? ? ? ?  

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