Life membership of the Trust is a rare honour. Recipients are usually NSW sportspeople recognised for outstanding achievements at the highest levels of their sports, or people who have made a substantial contribution to the development or operation of the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium.
Ken Catchpole, OAM
He is a rugby union legend who represented Australia in 27 Tests, including 13 as captain, in the 1960s. He was first named captain in his Test debut against Fiji, 11 days before he turned 21. After retirement, he served on the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust for 24 years. A bronze sculpture of him appears in the Allianz Stadium forecourt.
Rodney Cavalier, AO
A former NSW Government minister, Rodney Cavalier served as the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Chairman for 13 years and as a Trustee for 18 years. He is widely regarded as a passionate ambassador for the grounds’ heritage and traditions, but also oversaw the modernisation of the SCG’s northern stands during his stewardship.
Trevor Allan, OAM
One of the great Australian Rugby players of his era, Trevor Allan was an incisive runner who was renowned for never dropping a pass. He captained Australia to success in 1949, establishing a record of captaining Australia in 10 successive internationals.
Arthur Beetson, OAM
He was big and powerful, but it was his uncanny skills that convinced many in his own day that he was the best ever rugby league forward of this type. Beetson played first grade rugby league from 1966 to 1981, appeared in 14 Tests and led Queensland to victory in the first State of Origin match in 1980.
Richie Benaud OBE
The first player in Test cricket history to take 200 wickets and score 2000 runs, Richie Benaud is one of Australia’s great cricket captains. Richie retired in 1964, achieving a total of 11,720 runs and taking 954 wickets.
Sir Donald Bradman AC
A cricketing genius, Sir Donald Bradman brought flair and innovation to cricket, often defying conventional techniques and using his uncanny reflexes and footwork to achieve supremacy over bowlers. This incredible run scorer also captained the 1948 Australian team who were undefeated and won the Ashes Series. Sir Donald Bradman is undeniably a cricketing legend that will always be known as the greatest batsmen in history.
Bill Brown OAM
Right-hand batsmen, Bill Brown debuted in first class cricket in 1932-33. This cricketer showed his true class throughout his career scoring numerous centuries, and achieving a batting average of 73.14 in the 1938 tour to England.
Michael Cleary AO
Michael Cleary is part of an elite group to represent Australia in three different sports – athletics, rugby league and rugby union. He played six rugby union Tests in 1961 before winning a bronze medal in the 100 yard sprint at the 1962 Perth Commonwealth Games. Switching to play Rugby League, Cleary played eight Tests and won three premierships with South Sydney. He also served as a SCG Trustee between 1996 and 2011.
Ron Coote AM
In 15 years of senior rugby league, Ron Coote accumulated a mass of achievements few players have matched. He was at his best running in attack, although he was also a great cover defender. He captained Australia, playing in 13 Tests and was twice voted best player in a Test. He played in nine grand final matches at the SCG, winning four and losing two with Souths and winning two and losing one with Easts.
Betty Cuthbert AM MBE
The ‘Golden Girl’ of athletics from Parramatta is the first Australian woman to win three Olympic gold medals, achieved whilst competing at 18 years of age on home territory at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.
Alan Davidson AM MBE
A hard-hitting, spectacular left-hand batsmen, Alan Davidson’s great all round cricketing prowess included a strong left arm fast-medium bowling technique. Alan played 44 Test matches for Australia, scoring 1,328 runs at an average of 24.59 and capturing 186 wickets.
Bob Fulton, AM
Bob Fulton was a strong, fast and explosive player with immense natural talent. Between 1966-1979 he played five-eighth or centre for Manly and Easts. He played 20 Tests for Australia and captained the side on seven occasions. Later he coached Easts, Manly and the Kangaroos. He is counted amongst the game's immortals.
Reg Gasnier AM
A monument to rugby league, at his peak Reg Gasnier defied his opponents’ attempts with his majestic running, lightning acceleration and a brilliant swerve. He scored 127 tries for his club St George, playing 36 Test for Australia, captaining 8 of these.
Neil Harvey MBE
One of the greatest left handed batsmen in Australian cricket history, Neil Harvey played in 79 Tests, scoring 67 centuries in his magnificent career.
Keith Holman MBE
Known for changing the nature of Rugby League scrumhalf play, Keith Holman played 203 first-grade games for Wests, and 32 matches for Australia. Retiring in 1961, Keith continued to have a close association with the game, refereeing, coaching and selecting.
Marjorie Jackson Nelson AC CVO MBE
Marjorie Jackson is the first Australian woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal for track and field, and the first Australian woman to be accredited with a world record. Marjorie’s commitment to excellence has not only been on the track, as she has worked tirelessly as a dedicated fundraiser for leukaemia since 1977.
Noel Kelly was considered one of the most robust and toughest players in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. He played in Grand Finals for Western Suburbs and represented NSW, Queensland and Australia. Originally a hooker before turning to play prop, Kelly was the first front rower to make three Kangaroo tours of Great Britain and France.
Graeme Langlands, MBE
His consistent brilliance has ensured his place amongst the all time greats of rugby league. His dazzling feats at fullback or centre were a key to St George's premiership triumphs in the mid 1960's and by the time he retired in 1976 he had amassed 1,554 points for the club as well as 189 points in Tests, an imposing record.
Bob McCarthy, MBE
Rugby league has rarely seen such a powerful forward. The former Australian captain called South Sydney Rabbitohs his home, scoring over 100 tries during his career, which began and ended with Souths - 1963 to 1978. He won three of five first grade grand finals playing for Souths at the SCG and represented Australia 10 times with distinction.
Marlene Matthews AO
Marlene Matthews represented Australia from 1950 to 1961, competing at two Olympic Games, two Commonwealth Games and a Centenary Games. After establishing 6 world records and gaining a string of medals throughout her career, Marlene has coached and been active in many local, state and national sporting organisations.
Keith Miller MBE
One of Australia’s most exciting cricketers and an incredible all-rounder, Keith Miller played 55 Test Matches. During his career he scored 2,958 runs with an average of 36.97 and capturing 170 wickets. Keith was also part of the 1948 England tour side, scoring an amazing 185 in 165 minutes at Lords.
Arthur Morris, MBE
In the years following World War II, Arthur Morris was the worlds leading opening batsman and is still ranked amongst Australia's finest. A player of the highest quality, he scored heavily with ease and style, once making a century before lunch at the SCG. He was an SCG Trustee for 22 years, including nine as deputy chairman.
Norman O’Neill OAM
An exemplary cover fieldsmen and attacking middle order right-hand batsmen, Norman played 42 Tests, scoring 2,779 runs and six centuries. He was famously dubbed ‘the next Bradman’.
Norm Provan is one of the mightiest forwards ever to play rugby league. He played in 10 successive St George premiership winning teams, and played 25 games for NSW plus 18 Test and World Cup games for Australia. A tall and strong second rower, his powerful running and support play were among the features of his game.
John Raper, MBE
Some have called John Raper the greatest all round player in rugby league history, for he excelled in virtually every department of the game. As lock forward, he had superb skills, fierce commitment and a flair for creating opportunities. He played in 33 Tests and in eight straight premiership winning St George teams, from 1959 to 1966.
Sir Nicholas Shehadie, AC OBE
In an international career from 1947 to 1958, Nick Shehadie was the cornerstone of Australia's rugby union team, a prop and second rower who matched size and skill with toughness and determination. He played 30 Tests, then an Australian record, and captained Australian, NSW and Randwick. He later became the SCG Trust's Chairman.
Bob Simpson AO
Bob Simpson debuted for NSW at 17 years of age and established himself as an attacking right-hand batsmen, brilliant slips fielder and useful leg-break bowler. Bob played a total of 62 Tests for Australia achieving a highest first-class career batting score of 359 in 1953-54.
Arthur Summons represented Australia in rugby league and rugby union and captained the 1963-64 Kangaroos to England and France, returning as the first team to bring home the Ashes in over 50 years. Playing for Western Suburbs, Summons was a skilful five-eighth or half-back and featured in the memorable “Gladiators” photo with Norm Provan.
Doug Walters MBE
A right-handed batsmen and medium paced bowler Doug Walters was a renowned partnership breaker with his bowling expertise and also an excellent fielder at slips and in the covers. He played 75 Tests with a batting average of 48.26, and took 49 wickets making him a delight to watch.
Colin Windon the rugby union great was a flyer and runner of exceptional acceleration, leading the Sydney grade try-scorers at just 19 years of age. In his career Colin played 97 games for Randwick, and 98 representative games for Australia.
Sir Roden Cutler, VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE
A Victoria Cross winner and the longest-serving Governor of New South Wales. Cutler won the Victoria Cross in the 1941 Syrian campaign and was severely wounded, requiring the amputation of a leg. As Governor of NSW, Sir Roden Cutler was held in the highest regard.
Patrick Darcy Hills, AO
Trustee since 1961 and Chairman since 1977 - 1989 until his retirement. Officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) 1988. During Mr Hills' Chairmanship, the Trust undertook an ambitious program of grandstand redevelopment including the construction of the Brewongle, O'Reilly, Churchill and Walters Stands at the SCG, the construction of the Sydney Football Stadium and Parramatta Stadium.