John Cootes

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Tuesday, 19th August, 1941
Current Age
79 years and 157 days
Place Of Birth
Maitland, New South Wales, Australia

Known Family Links

Peter Cootes

Career Statistics

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Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1969-70 8 7 -   - 21 5 3 0 62.50% Match list
Overall 1969-1970 8 7 0   0 21 5 3 0 62.50% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1969-1970 3 5 -   - 15 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Overall 1970 3 5 0   0 15 2 1 0 66.67% Match list


Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Country Firsts 1967, 1969-70 3 2 9   - 24 1 2 0 33.33% Match list
NSW Firsts 1969-70 6 4 1   - 14 4 1 1 66.67% Match list
Overall 1967-1970 9 6 10   0 38 5 3 1 55.56% Match list

Your Say

Polysci says: Australian Rugby League's only priest-player!
Father John Cootes was involved in one of the most notorious football incidents - in a selection trial for the 1967 Kangaroo tour, he was coat-hangered by the bruising enforcer Peter Dimond. Diamond was sent off and consequently missed selection for the tour and never represented Australia again.

John Cootes, after leaving the priesthood, was later a successful Sydney furniture retailer. (07/05/2012)

Patrick Martin says: Because of his seminary studies here and overseas John Cootes did not really commence his League career until much later than the average player at the age of 27. Frank Hyde the famous Commentator saw him play Union in Rome and said he would make any Rugby League Sydney First Grade Team.
Had he started his competition career 7 years earlier as you normally would and been able to play in the Sydney Competition he could have been one of the all time greats. (25/06/2012)

Mervyn Purvis says: I have a copy of John's LP released by Festival (SFL 934425).I was really surprised at the quality of his singing. He really was quite talented and chose some very nice songs for this recording. (07/10/2012)

Roman/Romak Leszczynski says: Hi John.
You taught me at Marist Brothers In Hamilton.
You married a friend of our family.
Hope you are all well
Romak (26/09/2013)

Tony Cush says: What a great role model for the Catholic Church (06/02/2016)

Dave BUrt says: Mr.Cootes.(Cootesy),I have had the rare privilege of not only working for him but singing with him on any number of occasions over what must be 20 yrs plus now.It has been a life enhancing experience,quite fabulous ,actually,every moment memorable,unforgettable.Just being around him talking music the very lifeblood of him, is for me enough,but singing alongside him ,well that is some cake icing,I can tell you.Love you man.Really love you.Dave Burt. (27/08/2017)

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Last modified: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:11:26 +1100 (Sydney time)