Alf Blair

Coaching Career


Vital Statistics

Full Name
Alfred Lewis Blair
Thursday, 23rd January, 1896
Thursday, 28th September, 1944 (Aged 48 years and 248 days)
Place Of Birth
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Alf 'Smacker' Blair is rightly regarded as one of the greatest captains in Souths' history. After leading the club's President's Cup side to the 1915 premiership, Blair progressed to the club captaincy just as it was beginning to dominate the game in the 1920s. A fine tactical player at five-eighth, he was a late selection for Australia for the First Test against England but despite a rushed trip by ship, car and train, floods on the north coast saw him arrive too late to play the match. Blair played his only Test for his country in the First Test loss to the Lions in Sydney in 1924, but it is his deeds as Souths’ captain that he is best remembered. The Rabbitohs reigned supreme in 1925-29, with Blair involved in each premiership success, bar 1928. In 1927, Blair was captain-coach of the champion club and two years later, led Souths on the first tour of NZ by a Sydney club side. He left the club the following year to coach in the country before returning to Sydney to coach Wests in1943. Blair died prematurely the following year - at age 48 – at the end of the season he coached Souths to the semi-finals.


Coaching Career Statistics

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Competition   Games W L D Win %  
NRL 47 26 20 1 55.32% List
Country Carnival 1 1 0 0 100.00% List
NRL Finals 3 2 1 0 66.67% List

Club Career


Team Season Games W L D Win %  
Souths NSWRFL 1927 18 16 2 0 88.89% List
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1943 14 3 11 0 21.43% List
Souths NSWRFL 1944 15 7 7 1 46.67% List
Overall 1927-1944 47 26 20 1 55.32% List


Team Years Games W L D Win %  
Souths 1927, 1944 33 23 9 1 69.70% List
Western Suburbs 1943 14 3 11 0 21.43% List
Overall 1927-1944 47 26 20 1 55.32% List

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