Vic 'The Human Bullet' Hey

Coaching Career

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Victor John Hey
Nickname(s)
The Human Bullet
Born
Monday, 18th November, 1912
Died
Tuesday, 11th April, 1995 (Aged 82 years and 145 days)
Place Of Birth
Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

International Hall Of Fame
2004
National Rugby League Hall Of Fame
2004

Known Family Links

Brother
Dave Hey

Biography

Rated one of the game's greatest pivots - smart in attack and a ferocious defender - Hey was selected for NSW in his first season in grade. A late selection on the 1933-34 Kangaroo tour when Test pivot Ernie Norman failed a fitness test, Hey appeared in all three Tests against England partnering his Wests' teammate Les Mead at the scrumbase. He returned to win a premiership with Wests in 1934 but later ventured to Toowoomba in 1936. After playing for Queensland, he was selected in three Tests against England and was in the peak of his career when he signed a contract with English club Leeds. In his time in England Hey took the club to consecutive Challenge Cup wins (1941-42) before playing with Dewsbury and Hunslet. In 1948 he returned to Australia to captain-coach P’matta during the club's formative years. Coach of P’matta (1948-53), C’bury (1955-56) and Wests (1958-59), he coached Australia in 1950 when the Ashes were captured for the first time in thirty years. The following year his Australian team was beaten by the ‘Flying Frenchmen’ in a three-Test series at home. Hey was again at the helm when Australia recaptured the Ashes in1954 but ended his tenure as Australian captain with a further loss to the visiting French team the following year. Hey passed away in April 1995, aged 82.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Coaching Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   Games W L D Win %  
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) 184 72 102 10 39.13% List
Tour Matches Australia 12 6 6 0 50.00% List
Test Series 12 6 6 0 50.00% List
The Ashes 6 4 2 0 66.67% List
Country Carnival 2 2 0 0 100.00% List
World Cup 3 1 2 0 33.33% List
NSWRFL Finals 4 1 3 0 25.00% List
City Cup 1 0 1 0 0.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years Games W L D Win %  
Australia 1950-51, 1954-55 15 7 8 0 46.67% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years Games W L D Win %  
Australia 1950-1954 2 2 0 0 100.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years Games W L D Win %  
Australia 1950-1954 3 1 2 0 33.33% List


Club Career

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Team Season Games W L D Win %  
Parramatta NSWRFL 1948 18 5 12 1 27.78% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1949 18 8 6 4 44.44% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1950 18 3 12 3 16.67% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1951 18 9 9 0 50.00% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1952 18 3 15 0 16.67% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1953 18 8 9 1 44.44% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1955 18 4 14 0 22.22% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1956 18 6 12 0 33.33% List
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1958 20 13 7 0 65.00% List
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1959 20 13 6 1 65.00% List

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Team

Team Years Games W L D Win %  
Parramatta 1948-53 108 36 63 9 33.33% List
Canterbury 1955-56 36 10 26 0 27.78% List
Western Suburbs 1958-59 40 26 13 1 65.00% List
Overall1948-1959 184 72 102 10 39.13% List

Your Say

  • John
    15/03/2011

    My father saw old Vic play for Parramatta towards the end of his career. A young player punched Vic. Next time the young player got the ball Vic hit him with a tackle that nearly buried the kid. Dad said Vic was boring his shoulder into the kid an inch from the ground. Hard but fair tackler.

  • john hey
    30/10/2015

    Vic Hey was also coach for Dewsbury 1944-1947

  • Ken Olander
    12/11/2017

    I met Vic , through his daughter, Vicki, well after his retirement and so much enjoyed his humour and comments on his League career. He was a most likeable man and true gentleman. A wonderful, successful career in a hard sport he played the game tough and fair.

  • Martin Stewart
    06/09/2020

    Moved from Dewsbury to Hunslet in 1947 & played 9 games, scoring 4 tries

  • Neil Pollock
    15/11/2020

    I believe he coached Cootamundra 1960 and 1961.

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