Dave Bolton

Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Full Name
David Bolton
Born
Tuesday, 27th April, 1937
Died
Thursday, 21st January, 2021 (Aged 83 years and 269 days)

Honours & Awards

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The Ashes
1958, 1959/1960, 1962
Test Series
Great Britain vs New Zealand 1961
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL)
1969
Preseason Cup
1967
Clive Churchill Medal
1969

Biography

Creative Great Britain Test half (1958 and 1962 Lions tours) joined Balmain in the mid-1960s. Bolton played in the Balmain side that defeated Great Britain in 1966 but after returning to England on loan to the struggling Blackpool Borough club, he was injured and almost didn't return for the 1969 season. His guile in that year's grand final led the way in Balmain's shock 11-2 win over Souths. Bolton's two field goals kept the Rabbitohs at bay while he continued to direct play around the rucks. Bolton retired from football when dropped to reserve grade the following year but coached P’matta in 1973-74. He was assistant coach to Tim Sheens at Penrith in the mid-1980s but despite several attempts, could not crack it back into the competitive first grade coaching scene.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   Comp Wins App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
The Ashes 3 8 1 -   - 6 5 3 0 62.50% List
Tour Matches Great Britain - 35 14 -   - 42 27 7 1 77.14% List
Test Series 4 13 2 -   - 3 7 6 0 53.85% List
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) 1 78 5 7   21 71 51 24 3 65.38% List
NSWRFL Finals - 6 - -   4 8 3 3 0 50.00% List
Preseason Cup 1 20 - 5   2 14 9 8 3 45.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Great Britain 1957-63   23 9 -   - 27 13 9 1 56.52% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Great Britain 1957-1962   3 1 -   - 3 3 0 0 100.00% List


Club Career

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Team Season   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain NSWRFL 1965   13 - 2   - 4 8 5 0 61.54% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1966   17 2 -   - 6 12 5 0 70.59% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1967   12 - -   4 8 7 3 2 58.33% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1968   10 1 -   5 13 8 2 0 80.00% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1969   15 1 1   8 21 12 3 0 80.00% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1970   11 1 4   4 19 4 6 1 36.36% List

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1965-70   78 5 7   21 71 51 24 3 65.38% List

Your Say

  • Anonymous
    26/12/2011

    left wigan far too early

  • Ray Ryan
    26/07/2012

    I was such a fan of this player. He was, fast elusive, smart and tough.

  • Frank Cleary
    28/08/2014

    Dave was as good a man as he was a fantastic league player. He could tell funny stories and jokes all night, he was humble in his achievements at the international level in league and enjoyed good company. A gentleman, except on the league field when he was not necessarily so gentle. He knew how to shake hands. And still does, all the best Dave, Frank Cleary, Gosford NSW

  • Paul Douglas Curtis.
    14/04/2017

    I was at scg. When Balmain played st. George in a semi or final , when the the saints where on their golden years. Poppa clay absolutely floored him in one of his tipicle tackles. It put Bolton out of the game & was an obvious tactic. SUCH WAS THE IMPORTENCE of BOLTON. A very skilful & important player to his team & the game, WHEN REPLACEMENTS WHERE NOT ALLOWED.

  • Clifford Ainsworth
    01/09/2021

    One of the best standoffs I have ever seen like a bullet out of a gun

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