Ray Preston

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Raymond Preston
Born
Sunday, 10th November, 1929
Died
Friday, 15th November, 2019 (Aged 90 years and 4 days)
Place Of Birth
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

Newtown junior (Lewisham) was graded with the club in 1948. A professional runner (he won the Hanlon Gift in Brisbane in 1957) Preston was chosen in the centres for NSW but a sprained ankle cost him his place in the State team the following year. His only major rep appearance was for ‘Rest of Australia’ v. Kangaroos in 1954 but he formed a tremendous wing partnership with Ken Considine at club level. Preston scored a post-war record 34 tries during the 1954 season (Considine scored 22 tries that year, for a combined total of 56 tries - easily a record for a pair of club wingers). Preston played in losing grand final teams in 1954-55 before leaving Newtown the following year with a club record number of tries to his credit. He spent the 1957 season as captain-coach of Macksville before joining a number of Newtown clubmates at P’matta.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   FG Pts W L D Win %  
NRL 130 115 -   - 345 69 54 7 53.08% List
City vs Country Firsts 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Country Carnival 5 6 -   - 18 4 1 0 80.00% List
NRL Finals 5 1 -   - 3 2 3 0 40.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW City Firsts 1949 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Probables (AU) 1954 2 1 -   - 3 1 0 1 50.00% List
Overall 1949-1954 3 1 0   0 3 2 0 1 66.67% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newtown NSWRFL 1949 17 12 -   - 36 8 8 1 47.06% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1950 8 11 -   - 33 7 0 1 87.50% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1951 4 1 -   - 3 0 4 0 0.00% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1952 15 9 -   - 27 6 9 0 40.00% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1953 16 18 -   - 54 8 6 2 50.00% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1954 21 34 -   - 102 16 3 2 76.19% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1955 18 9 -   - 27 14 3 1 77.78% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1956 14 13 -   - 39 9 5 0 64.29% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1958 14 7 -   - 21 1 13 0 7.14% List
Parramatta NSWRFL 1959 3 1 -   - 3 0 3 0 0.00% List
Overall 1949-1959 130 115 0   0 345 69 54 7 53.08% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newtown 1949-56 113 107 -   - 321 68 38 7 60.18% List
North Coast 1957 ? - -   - - ? ? ? ?  
Parramatta 1958-59 17 8 -   - 24 1 16 0 5.88% List
Overall 1949-1959 ? 115 0   0 345 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newtown 1949-1955 5 1 -   - 3 2 3 0 40.00% List
Overall 1954-1955 5 1 0   0 3 2 3 0 40.00% List

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newtown 1949-56 118 112 -   - 336 72 39 7 61.02% List
North Coast 1957 ? - -   - - ? ? ? ?  
Parramatta 1958-59 17 8 -   - 24 1 16 0 5.88% List
Overall 1949-1959 ? 120 0   0 360 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Anonymous says: Unquestionably the best winger not to represent NSW or Australia.
Amazing 107 tries in 117 games for Newtown (Bluebags).
34 tries in 1954 scored in 21 games.
A scratch mark professional sprinter, speed was his trademark. (30/08/2013)

Stan says: I notice ray warren mentioned him during the grand final not enough mentioned about ray thats a pity I still remember him at Henson Park giving Ken Irvine a start & running him down & what about that record trys in 1955 34 trys & together with Kevin considen 55 trys for the season thanks for the memories stan (04/10/2021)

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