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Ray Norman

Ray Norman
Personal information
Full name Hugh Valentine Raymond Norman
Born 1889
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died 29 April 1971(1971-04-29) (age 82)
Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Position Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1910–13 Annandale 46 12 26 0 88
1914–16 South Sydney 38 5 1 0 17
1917–21 Eastern Suburbs 51 3 30 0 39
Total 135 20 57 0 144
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1912–20 New South Wales 5 4 5 0 22
1914–19 Australia 2 1 0 0 3
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1923 Easts (Sydney) 17 14 0 3 82
1954 Manly-Warringah 18 10 56
Total 35 24 0 3 69
Years Team Gms W D L W%
NSW Country
As of 30 June 2009

Ray Norman (1889–1971) was an Australian rugby league footballer and coach. A New South Wales state and Australia national representative, his club career was played with Annandale, the South Sydney and the Eastern Suburbs clubs in the NSWRFL.


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Death 3
  • References 4

Playing career

After playing rugby union for Annadale and Glebe, Norman switched to rugby league in 1910[1]

He was one of four brothers, along with Bernard, Roy and Rex Norman, who played in the NSW Rugby Football League first-grade competition. Both Rex and Ray represented the Australia national rugby league team, becoming only the second set of brothers to do so behind Viv and Bill Farnsworth. Ray was first selected for Australia in 1914 and after the war he toured New Zealand in 1919. He retired from playing in 1921, and immediately joined the coaching ranks at Eastern Suburbs.

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Norman coached the Eastern Suburbs which included a premiership in 1923. He later coached the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles for one year, in 1954, and the NSW Country representative side.


The Sydney Morning Herald said of Norman: "He was one of Rugby League's greatest tactitions".[2] His funeral was held at St. Peter's Church, Watsons Bay, New South Wales on 3 May 1971 and later at Northern Suburbs Crematorium. [3]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Ray Norman Dies at 82" Sydney Morning Herald: 30 April 1971 (page 3).
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald - Death Notice - 30/04/1971


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