Lionel Cooper

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Lionel William Cooper
Born
Saturday, 18th February, 1922
Died
Saturday, 16th May, 1987 (Aged 65 years and 87 days)
Place Of Birth
West Wyalong, New South Wales, Australia

Known Family Links

Brother
Reg Cooper
Brother
Noel Cooper
Brother
Cec Cooper
Brother
Col Cooper

Biography

The discovery by Easts’ captain Ray Stehr of rookie Lionel Cooper playing Australian Rules in Darwin during World War II launched a remarkable rugby league career. After six games for Easts in 1945, Cooper was selected for NSW before playing in the Easts' team that defeated Balmain in the final. In 1946 the huge winger was selected in the Test series against Great Britain and was a try-scorer in the First Test draw. Cooper was named NSW ‘Player of the Year’ in 1946 but joined a growing band of Australian players who moved to English club football at the end of the season. At Huddersfield his deeds became almost legendary over a nine-year career - 432 tries including 71 for the 1951-52 season and 10 in one match (a record), a Challenge Cup final (1953) and a Championship Final victory (1949). Cooper's inspirational captaincy of Other Nationalities and British Empire sides gave an indication of what could have been had he remained in Australia.

- ALAN WHITICKER

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 3 2 -   - 6 0 2 1 0.00% List
Other 1949-53 14 13 -   - 39 10 4 0 71.43% List
Overall 1946-1953 17 15 0   0 45 10 6 1 58.82% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australasia 1951 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1951 1 1 0   0 3 1 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Sydney Firsts 1945 1 2 -   - 6 0 1 0 0.00% List
NSW Firsts 1945-46 7 12 -   - 36 5 2 0 71.43% List
NSW City Firsts 1946 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1945-1946 9 14 0   0 42 6 3 0 66.67% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1945 16 9 -   - 27 13 3 0 81.25% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1946 11 5 -   - 15 6 5 0 54.55% List
Overall 1945-1946 27 14 0   0 42 19 8 0 70.37% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1945-46 27 14 -   - 42 19 8 0 70.37% List
Overall 1945-1946 27 14 0   0 42 19 8 0 70.37% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1945 2 2 -   - 6 2 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1945 2 2 0   0 6 2 0 0 100.00% List

Your Say

E Curb Nottus says: EE Christensen's Official NSW Rugby League Year Book Player of the Year 1947. (23/05/2012)

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