George Bishop

Referee Career

Vital Statistics

Wednesday, 19th November, 1902
Monday, 1st May, 1972 (Aged 69 years and 163 days)
Place Of Birth
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia

Honours & Awards

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Interstate Series
1929, 1930, 1933
City Cup


Controversy followed George Bishop through several phases of a unique career. The former Balmain hooker returned to the club in 1927 after three seasons with Parkes and later represented NSW. Bishop was a controversial selection with the 1929-30 Kangaroos but answered criticism on the field, playing in two of the four Tests against Great Britain. In 1933 he was again selected to tour England but was ruled unfit because of injury. Following his retirement as a player, Bishop was graded as a referee in 1937. He went on to referee his old club in the 1946 and 1948 grand finals, drawing flak for his handling of the latter match. Progressing to Test level, he officiated in matches against NZ and Great Britain but it was his handling of the 1952 grand final, which resulted in an upset win to Wests over defending premiers Souths, which drew the most derision. Bishop stood down as a referee after the match and progressed to the national selection panel. In 1955, he was caught up in yet another controversy when he was accused of leaking news that centre Harry Wells had been dropped from Australia's Third Test team against France. Bishop was dumped from the panel the following year but had the distinction of having been a Test player, Test referee and Test selector during his career.

Referee Career Statistics

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Competition   Games  
The Ashes - 1 List
Tour Matches - 9 List
Test Series - 4 List
Interstate Series 3 5 List
City vs Country Firsts - 1 List
Country Carnival - 1 List
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - 211 List
NSWRFL Finals - 16 List


Test Matches (1950-1952)   4 List


Australia (1939-1952)   17 List

Club Career

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Season   Games  
NSWRFL 1938   2 List
NSWRFL 1939   16 List
NSWRFL 1940   14 List
NSWRFL 1941   12 List
NSWRFL 1943   15 List
NSWRFL 1944   10 List
NSWRFL 1945   15 List
NSWRFL 1946   15 List
NSWRFL 1947   17 List
NSWRFL 1948   20 List
NSWRFL 1949   19 List
NSWRFL 1950   19 List
NSWRFL 1951   19 List
NSWRFL 1952   18 List
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) (1938-1952)   211 List

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Contributions: Max Turner, Greg Fiveash, Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson, Rugby League Tables, Alan Katzmann, Paul Carter, Bill Bates