Ferris 'Ferdie' Ashton

Coaching Career


Vital Statistics

Full Name
Ferris Arthur Ashton
Saturday, 21st August, 1926
Tuesday, 29th January, 2013 (Aged 86 years and 161 days)
Place Of Birth
Bondi, New South Wales, Australia


Ferris Ashton served in the Navy during the latter part of the Second World War before representing his country again on the sporting field. A first grade wicket keeper with Waverley, the burly second rower spent several seasons in Easts’ junior league (Bondi) before cementing a first grade position in 1950. Ashton represented NSW against France in 1951 and made his Test debut the following year. Ashton produced a sterling performance against NZ in Australia's 25-13 First Test win in Sydney (giving the final pass in three tries) and gained selection on the 1952-53 Kangaroo tour. Ashton played in two Tests against Great Britain and all three Tests against France on the tour. His last Test for Australia was the 25-5 loss to NZ at Christchurch in 1953 and scored the visitors’ only try. Ashton was a loyal clubman at Easts; captaining the club during the mid 1950s and captain-coach in 1954 (he also coached Second Division side University for a short period in the mid-1960s). He made his frank views on the game known to a new generation of League fans in the 1960s-70s as a member of Rex Mossop's Controversy Corner segment on Channel 7’s Sunday SportsWorld program.


Additional Notes

Served in the Second World War as an Able Seaman in the Royal Australian Navy on the HMAS Kuttabul.

Coaching Career Statistics

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Competition   Games W L D Win %  
NRL 18 3 14 1 16.67% List

Club Career


Team Season Games W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1954 18 3 14 1 16.67% List


Team Years Games W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1954 18 3 14 1 16.67% List

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