Frank Johnson

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Francis Edwin Johnson
Born
Wednesday, 4th October, 1922
Died
Thursday, 4th March, 1993 (Aged 70 years and 151 days)
Place Of Birth
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

South Coast hooker represented Country between 1940-43 while playing for Port Kembla. During the war years Johnson had two seasons with St George but returned to captain-coach Wollongong in 1946. He represented Country again that year, playing in front of a record 52,366 crowd at the SCG, and was also a rep for Southern Districts against Great Britain. Moving back to Sydney to play for Newtown he represented NSW in 1947 and toured with the 1948-49 Kangaroos. Johnson played in just seven minor matches on tour but at club level, later rose to the position of captain-coach in 1952. Although remaining with Newtown as coach, he retired as a player in 1953 but was forced to make a comeback following an injury to experienced leader Col Geelan. Johnson's final game was Newtown's loss to Souths in the 1954 grand final but he went on to become one of the unsung heroes of the code who devoted much of his adult life to the development of the game. Johnson was a member of the NSWRL Coaching panel and replaced Keith Gittoes as Director of Coaching in 1974. He was responsible for developing coaching skills as far as Darwin and Papua New Guinea and was made a Life Member of the NSWRL in 1982. Awarded the OAM Frank Johnson died in 1993, aged 70.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Additional Notes

Awarded an OAM in 1982

Career Statistics

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Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Coast 1946 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Possibles (AU) 1946, 1951 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
NSW Country Firsts 1946 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
NSW Firsts 1947-48, 1950 7 - -   - - 5 2 0 71.43% List
NSW City Firsts 1947-50 5 - -   - - 5 0 0 100.00% List
Probables (AU) 1950 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1946-1951 17 0 0   0 - 13 4 0 76.47% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George NSWRFL 1944 14 - -   - - 9 5 0 64.29% List
St George NSWRFL 1945 9 1 -   - 3 2 6 1 22.22% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1947 17 - -   - - 9 7 1 52.94% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1948 8 1 -   - 3 7 1 0 87.50% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1949 18 - -   - - 9 8 1 50.00% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1950 17 - -   - - 11 4 2 64.71% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1951 18 - -   - - 6 12 0 33.33% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1952 3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1953 7 - -   - - 3 4 0 42.86% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1954 ? - -   - -  
Overall 1944-1954 ? 2 0   0 6 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1944-45 23 1 -   - 3 11 11 1 47.83% List
Newtown 1947-53 88 1 -   - 3 47 37 4 53.41% List
Overall 1944-1954 ? 2 0   0 6 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1944 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Newtown 1947, 1950 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% List
Overall 1944-1950 3 0 0   0 - 0 3 0 0.00% List

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1944-45 23 2 -   - 6 11 11 1 47.83% List
Newtown 1947-54 91 1 -   - 3 48 39 4 52.75% List
Overall 1944-1954 114 3 0   0 9 59 50 5 51.75% List

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