Edgar Newham

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Edgar Wynton Newham
Born
Sunday, 19th July, 1914
Died
Monday, 27th November, 1995 (Aged 81 years and 131 days)
Place Of Birth
Cowra, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

Veteran winger first came to C’bury from Cowra in 1938 as a 24-year-old. That year, the ‘Cantabs’ won their first premiership with Newham on the flank in the final. Four years later C’bury had to play in a mid-week match against Balmain to decide the minor premiership and Newham crossed for a club record 5 tries. C’bury won the match, 26-20, and went on to win the grand final, 11-9. Newham represented NSW in 1941 but had to wait until after the war to play for Australia. He joined the RAAF as a paratrooper and travelled to club games during the 1942 season while stationed at Newcastle before leaving for active duty overseas as a gunner. In 1946 he was playing for Cowra when he was selected for NSW and ultimately went on to make his Test debut in the Ashes series against Great Britain. At age 32, Newham became the oldest player ever to make his Test debut, but after playing in the first two Tests a hip injury forced him out of the third match. In 1948 he played half a season with C’bury but retired after being hospitalised when he aggravated a war injury.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Additional Notes

Served in World War II as a private in the Army. When discharged he was a member of "Z" Special Unit.

Career Statistics

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1946 2 - -   - - 0 1 1 0.00% List
Overall 1946 2 0 0   0 - 0 1 1 0.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW City Seconds 1939 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List
Sydney Firsts 1940 1 2 -   - 6 1 0 0 100.00% List
Combined City 1940 1 3 -   - 9 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1940-41 2 2 -   - 6 2 0 0 100.00% List
NSW Firsts 1941, 1946 7 5 -   - 15 5 2 0 71.43% List
Fighting Services I 1942 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Southern Division 1946 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Overall 1939-1946 14 13 0   0 39 11 3 0 78.57% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1938 12 7 -   - 21 10 1 1 83.33% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1939 14 10 -   - 30 9 5 0 64.29% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1940 15 11 -   - 33 9 6 0 60.00% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1941 12 5 -   - 15 7 5 0 58.33% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1942 6 11 -   - 33 4 2 0 66.67% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1943 4 4 -   - 12 1 3 0 25.00% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1945 1 1 -   - 3 0 1 0 0.00% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1948 8 6 -   - 18 5 1 2 62.50% List
Overall 1938-1948 72 55 0   0 165 45 24 3 62.50% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1938-43, 1945, 1948 72 55 -   - 165 45 24 3 62.50% List
Overall 1938-1948 72 55 0   0 165 45 24 3 62.50% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1938-42 8 3 -   - 9 4 4 0 50.00% List
Overall 1938-1942 8 3 0   0 9 4 4 0 50.00% List

Your Say

Dean Garside says: I met Edgar Newham back in 1987 when I was playing on the wing for my old school Camden High. Edgar was at the game with Roy Masters. At the time I had no idea who Edgar was. He came over to me at half time and gave me some advice about my positional play in defence as I was not sure of where to be at times. After the game I had another chat with Edgar after the game and he told me and a few of the other players on my team about his exploits as a player. I have still got his autograph along sides Roy Masters after all these years. I am sorry to hear of his passing all those years ago. He still has his place in Canterbury's history with his 5 tries in a game. (06/07/2012)

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