Bob McCarthy

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Robert McCarthy
Nickname(s)
Bob
Born
Saturday, 5th August, 1944
Current Age
78 years and 7 days
Place Of Birth
Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

National Rugby League Hall Of Fame
2008
NSWRL Hall Of Fame
2017

Known Family Links

Son
Troy McCarthy
Son
Darren McCarthy
Brother
Bill McCarthy

Biography

The advent of limited tackle football in 1967 saw Bob McCarthy revolutionise the role of the second row forward. While most back-rowers were content to stay in tight and make their runs close to the ruck McCarthy was one of the first forwards to stand wide and make his devastating bursts out in the centres. A scorer of over 100 tries for Souths (the second forward to do so after the great Frank Burge), club captain John Sattler rated McCarthy the greatest blind-side forward in the world. The national selectors, however, were slow to recognise his talent. The athletically built forward came through Souths' junior ranks in the early 1960s and was a member of the young Rabbitohs team that was beaten by St George in the 1965 grand final. Under the guidance of coach Clive Churchill McCarthy was given greater freedom to skirt wide (his memorable intercept try that turned the tide of the 1967 grand final came from his unorthodox positioning on the field). Incredibly, he was omitted from the Kangaroo squad selected on grand final night that year. A vital cog in the champion Souths teams that won premierships in 1967-68 & 1970-71, (he was coming back from injury in 1968 and had to be content with a reserve grade premiership), McCarthy made his Test debut on the Australian Tour of NZ in 1969. The season's leading try-scorer in 1970 with 15 tries, he scored another vital try to wrap up the 1971 grand final against St George after linking brilliantly with Ron Coote. McCarthy was a member of Australia's World Cup squads in 1970 and 1972 and was vice-captain of the 1973 Kangaroos. He captained Australia in the Second Test win over Great Britain and scored a defiant try before injuring his shoulder. His last of 10 Test appearances was against Great Britain in 1974 and while a host of champion players left Souths during the early 1970s McCarthy at first remained to captained the club. During the disastrous 1975 season that led to Clive Churchill's resignation McCarthy took over as caretaker coach. After a club record number of first grade games to his credit he reluctantly left Souths and signed with C’bury the following year. McCarthy stoically led the Bulldogs in two competitive seasons but returned to Souths at the instigation of coach Jack Gibson in 1978. The following year he played in two trials for Easts but injury finally caught up with him. Awarded the MBE in 1977 McCarthy coached successfully in Brisbane after his retirement as a player. He was G’Coast's initial coach in 1988-90 but his return to Souths at the start of the 1994 season proved to be short-lived. Souths won the pre-season competition that year but McCarthy’s position as sole coach was changed to accommodate football manager Alan Jones and reserve grade coach Ken Shine and McCarthy stood down after the opening rounds of the season citing health reasons. The most exciting ball-running forward of the new era of limited tackles McCarthy rose to a position on the NRL Judiciary and then as Chairman of the NSW and Australian Selection Panels.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   FG Pts W L D Win %  
NRL Finals 15 12 -   - 36 10 5 0 66.67% List
NRL 88 119 -   1 358 41 42 5 46.59% List
Craven Mild Cup 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List
City vs Country Firsts 6 4 -   - 12 5 1 0 83.33% List
Interstate Matches 11 7 -   - 21 10 1 0 90.91% List
Tour Matches Australia 10 6 -   - 18 5 5 0 50.00% List
Test Series 9 6 -   - 9 5 4 0 55.56% List
The Ashes 5 3 -   - 18 2 3 0 40.00% List
World Cup 5 1 -   1 4 2 3 0 40.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1969-74 15 7 -   1 22 7 8 0 46.67% List
Overall 1969-1974 15 7 0   1 22 7 8 0 46.67% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1969-1972 5 1 -   1 4 2 3 0 40.00% List
Overall 1970-1972 5 1 0   1 4 2 3 0 40.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1969-72, 1975 11 7 -   - 21 10 1 0 90.91% List
NSW City Firsts 1969-73, 1975 6 4 -   - 12 5 1 0 83.33% List
Overall 1969-1975 17 11 0   0 33 15 2 0 88.24% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1963 ? 2 -   - 6  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1964 ? 4 -   - 12  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1965 ? - -   - -  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1966 ? 4 -   - 12  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1967 ? 13 -   - 39  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1968 ? 6 -   - 18  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1969 ? 11 -   - 33  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1970 ? 15 -   - 45  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1971 ? 17 -   - 51  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1972 ? 10 -   - 30  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1973 ? 7 -   1 22  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1974 10 5 -   - 15 5 4 1 50.00% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1975 20 6 -   - 18 4 16 0 20.00% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1976 25 12 -   - 36 14 8 3 56.00% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1977 15 7 -   - 21 7 7 1 46.67% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1978 5 - -   - - 2 3 0 40.00% List
Overall 1963-1978 ? 119 0   1 358 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1963-75, 1978 ? 11 -   - 33 ? ? ? ?  
South Sydney 1974-75, 1978 35 11 -   - 33 11 23 1 31.43% List
Canterbury 1976-77 40 19 -   - 57 21 15 4 52.50% List
Overall 1963-1978 ? 119 0   1 358 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1974 1 1 -   - 3 0 1 0 0.00% List
Canterbury 1976 3 5 -   - 15 2 1 0 66.67% List
Overall 1974-1976 4 6 0   0 18 2 2 0 50.00% List

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1963-75, 1978 ? 11 -   - 33 ? ? ? ?  
South Sydney 1974-1978 43 11 -   - 33 17 25 1 39.53% List
Canterbury 1976-77 40 19 -   - 57 21 15 4 52.50% List
Overall 1963-1978 ? 121 0   1 364 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Anonymous says: Bob McCarthy never played for Cronulla. (03/02/2010)

Ron Pomering says: Which Sydney Club did Bob play 1 game for before he retired (23/02/2016)

Anonymous says: Watched League Legends on Fox he said he played 1 game for Easts in 1979 then retired (15/05/2017)

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