Noel Mulligan

Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Nickname(s)
The Count
Born
Monday, 12th April, 1926
Died
Saturday, 11th March, 2000 (Aged 73 years and 333 days)

Honours & Awards

Based only on data available in the RLP database. This information should be used as a guide only.

Test Series
1948/49 France vs. Australia
Interstate Series
1947, 1948, 1949, 1950

Biography

Versatile forward, originally from Port Kembla, signed with Newtown as a hooker but played most of his career as a lock. Mulligan was equally effective in the second row or as prop and also played five-eighth or centre at club level. In 1946 he represented NSW as a stopgap lock against Great Britain and made his Test debut in that position. After playing in two Tests against the visiting Lions he captain-coached Bowral in 1947 and represented Country and NSW. Returning to Newtown in 1948, he gained Kangaroo selection and played in all five Tests on tour. In 1949 he returned to Bowral and earned selection for NSW and then Australia on the tour of NZ, where he played in two Tests. Signing with St George, Mulligan's rep career continued with NSW, in 1950-51, and he made his final Test appearance against France in 1951. Noel ‘The Count’ Mulligan retired after leading Port Kembla to premiership honours in 1958 but made a comeback with Collegians in the I’warra competition in 1961. He captained Country in the early 1960s and coached Southern Division to a win over the all-conquering Great Britain side in 1962. Mulligan passed away in 2000, aged 73.
- 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 - 5 - -   - - 0 4 1 0.00% List
Tour Matches New South Wales Firsts - 3 - -   - - 0 2 1 0.00% List
Tour Matches Australia - 32 11 1   - 35 23 8 1 71.88% List
Tour Matches Sydney Firsts - 1 1 -   - 3 0 0 1 0.00% List
Tour Matches Southern Division - 2 - -   - - 1 0 1 50.00% List
Tour Matches Southern NSW - 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Test Series 1 10 2 -   - 6 3 6 1 30.00% List
Interstate Series 4 10 4 -   - 12 7 1 2 70.00% List
City vs Country Firsts - 5 1 -   - 3 3 2 0 60.00% List
Country Carnival - 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - 63 14 -   - 42 37 21 5 58.73% List
NSWRFL Finals - 4 1 -   - 3 1 3 0 25.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1946, 1948-49, 1951   10 2 -   - 6 3 6 1 30.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Group 7 1944   1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Sydney Seconds 1945   1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Probables (AU) 1946, 1950-51   3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% List
NSW City Seconds 1946   1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSW Firsts 1946-51   14 4 -   - 12 8 3 3 57.14% List
Rest of NSW Firsts 1947   1 1 -   - 3 0 1 0 0.00% List
NSW Country Firsts 1947, 1949   3 2 -   - 6 1 2 0 33.33% List
NSW City Firsts 1948, 1950   3 1 -   - 3 3 0 0 100.00% List
Sydney Firsts 1951   1 1 -   - 3 0 0 1 0.00% List
Southern Division 1954-55   2 - -   - - 1 0 1 50.00% List
South West NSW 1954   1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Southern NSW 1954   1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Overall1944-1955   32 9 0   0 27 16 11 5 50.00% List


Club Career

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Team Season   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newtown NSWRFL 1945   10 2 -   - 6 5 4 1 50.00% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1946   12 3 -   - 9 8 4 0 66.67% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1948   9 3 -   - 9 7 2 0 77.78% List
St George NSWRFL 1950   15 2 -   - 6 7 5 3 46.67% List
St George NSWRFL 1951   17 4 -   - 12 10 6 1 58.82% List

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newtown 1945-46, 1948   31 8 -   - 24 20 10 1 64.52% List
St George 1950-51   32 6 -   - 18 17 11 4 53.13% List
Overall1945-1951   63 14 0   0 42 37 21 5 58.73% List

Your Say

  • Paddy Deegan
    14/01/2012

    Noel Mulligan shouted me my 1st beer on my 18th birthday at the Port Kembla Hotel. (Guinnerys Hotel.) Noel always drank pints and half pints in glass jugs. Must have been a hangover from his playing days in England. I had one and that was enough for me. He was a very approachable and respectable man, an inspiration. I was very impressed when re-visiting Warrawong/Port Kembla to see his name on the old Kemblawarra Oval... 500 yards from where I lived in Taurus Avenue. there was a soccer ground next to the oval. i was proud to know him.
    I had a boss here in Mackay that was familiar with his career, not sure if they played together, but Tom Payne did play for Australia. Tom was from Toowoomba. He lives here in Mackay.

  • garry marmont
    25/10/2019

    noel was captain / coach of captains flat
    in group eight in 1952 & 1953 they won the
    comp in those two years

  • Barry Stephens
    24/09/2022

    I played for Nowra Warrioirs and the Sth Coast in the 1950's and followed Noel's playing career with great interest. I was privileged to play for Nowra Warriors against Port Kembla in our club's knockout competition in the 1950's and enjoyed a beer with him after the match. Every time I go shopping to the supermarket I see his name on the sign near the football oval and memories flood back of those halcyon RL days on the south coast.

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