Walk of Honour
Trevor Allan, OAM
He was Australian rugby union's outstanding player after World War II, a masterful centre with a complete range of attributes - strong defence, safe hands, sharpness in attack, composure under pressure. We was barely 21 when he became Australia's captain. After receiving many offers, Allan switched to rugby league in 1950.
As cricketers, they had little in common. Charles was a dynamic batsman, who began a brilliant but short career by scoring Test cricket's first century in 1877. Alick was a slow scoring batsman of unlimited patience, whose career was long and productive. Together they made Bannerman a name renowned throughout the cricket world.
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
One of Australia's finest all-rounders, he captained NSW and Australia from 1958 to 1963. In 1963 he became the first player in the history of the game to achieve the Test double of 2,000 runs and 200 wickets. Later, he became a leading cricket broadcaster and writer.
Sir Donald Bradman, AC
His prodigious batting feats, beginning with a world record 452 not out for NSW at the SCG in 1930, have ensured his unique place in Australian sport. With a Test average of 99.94, he was not merely the best but was almost twice as good as most other greats. The SCG's Bradman Stand was opened in 1973.
Bill Brown, OAM
He was a polished, graceful, heavy scoring batsman who opened the innings regularly for Australia for much of the 1930's. He was Australia's first post-war captain, leading Australia in one Test in New Zealand, and was a member of the 1948 'Invincibles'. The SCG was his home ground before he moved to Queensland in 1936.
In the 1930's Brown in his headgear was the most familiar and admired figure in Rugby League. As a points scorer he was in a class of his own. He kicked goals and scored tries at such a prodigious rate for Easts and Australia that he was universally regarded as the best player of his generation.
Ken Catchpole OAM
His all-round play was of such outstanding quality that he is counted among the finest scrumhalves in rugby union history and is a regular choice in all time World XV's. In a brilliant international career he captained Australia 13 times in 27 internationals from 1961 to 1968. He later became a SCG Trustee.
Clive Churchill, AM
He was small in size yet possessed all the rugby league skills in abundance, so he was called the Little Master. As devastating in attack as defence,he played fullback for Australia from 1948 to 1956 and had a role in five South Sydney premiership wins. The SCG's Clive Churchill Stand was opened in 1986.
Hon. Michael Cleary, AO
A gifted athlete who was a schoolboy sprint champion in 1958. He won a bronze medal in the 100 yards at the 1962 Commonwealth Games and used his speed and power so effectively on the football field that he played for Australia as a winger in both rugby union and league. He later became an SCG Trustee.
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 was in six Souths and Easts premiership winning sides.
Betty Cuthbert, AM MBE
Known in her heyday as the Golden Girl, she is still Australia's most successful Olympic runner. Aged 18, she won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the 1956 Games, failed at the 1960 Games, then returned bravely to win the 400m gold medal at the 1964 Games, a great end to a great career.
Alan Davidson, AM MBE
He was the complete cricketer, a player who in the late 1950's and early 1960's was the world's finest new ball bowler, who took sensational catches and whose big hitting has rarely been equalled. His six that landed on the old Brewongle Stand's roof is one of the SCG's biggest. He later became NSW Cricket Association President and an SCG Trustee.
In the rugby union world their name came to signify excellence, for each was a master of his art and played rugby in its most entertaining form; Gary the technically superb outside centre; Glen a running fullback, always lethal in attack; and Mark whose combined skills and flair as five-eigth have never been equalled.
Ford was a rugby player ahead of his time. He was not only big (more than 100kg) but extremely mobile, and he broke the opposition line regularly with powerful runs from the No. 8 position. The impact he made had much to do with Australia's success during the span of his 11 Test career, 1925-1930.
Bob Fulton, AM
Bob Fulton was a strong, fast and explosive player with immense natural talent. Between 1966-1979 he played five-eigth 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
He was the finest running back Australian rugby league has known, a player whose swerve, change of pace and breathtaking acceleration enabled him to cut through the opposition defence. Gasnier was a star of the great St George teams of the late 1950's and 1960's scoring 127 tries. He captained Australia.
They are cricket's most celebrated family. Four Gregorys, Dave, Ned, Syd and Jack, played for Australia and four others played for NSW. Dave was Australia's first captain, Ned was the SCG's first groundsman and Syd, his son, was born at the SCG close to this spot in 1870. Syd's sister Nellie pioneered women's cricket.
Neil Harvey, MBE
He played for Australia from 1947-48 to 1962-63, and for most of that time was regarded as Australia's premier batsman as well as its outstanding fieldsman. A left hander he played with style, dash and sparkling footwork. The SCG became his home ground when he moved to Sydney from Melbourne in 1957.
Australian rugby's relative success in the early to mid 1960's owed much to the fact that in Rob Heming the Wallabies had one of the worlds finest lineout jumpers. Although not much above average height, Heming's spring enabled him to soar above opponents, which combined with superb skills made him a match winner. He played 21 Tests.
Keith Holman, MBE
In the 32 Tests he played for Australia, from 1950-58, the 203 first grade games he played for Wests, Holman displayed a deree of skill and ruggedness which secured his reputation as one of rugby leagues greatest halfbacks. By adding fierce defence to attack, he is credited with changing the halfback's role.
Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, AC CVO MBE
She was the worlds fastest women in the early 1950's and won the 100m and 200m sprints at the 1952 Olympics, becoming the first Australian female runner to win Olympic Gold. Raised in Lithgow and dubbed the Lithgow flash, she had earlier set world times at the old Sports Ground, adjacent to this site.
Graeme Langlands, MBE
His consistent brilliance has ensured his place amongst the all time greats of rugby league. His dazzling feats at fullback 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 in the mid 1960's for the club as well as 189 points in Tests, an imposing record.
Ray Lindwall, MBE
Combining raw speed with guile and control, Lindwall spearheaded the Australian attack for a decade after WWII. For much of that time he was considered the world's premier fast bowler, taking 7-63 against England at the SCG. He also represented NSW in rugby league and played 31 first grade games for St George.
Joe Marston, MBE
As the first Australian soccer player to succeed in England, Marston was one of the game's pioneers, for he showed Australians could match the worlds best. Apart from his five years in England, Marston played first grade soccer in Sydney over a 20 year span from 1943, representing Australia 34 times and later coached.
Marlene Mathews, AO
In an era of exceptionally fast Australian woman sprinters, Marlene Mathews was one of the fastest. She set six world records, won bronze medals in the 100m and 200m sprints at the 1956 Olympics and won gold in both sprints at the Commonwealth Games. She was later a SCG Trustee.
Bob McCarthy, MBE
Rugby league has rarely seen such a powerful forward. The former Australian captain called Souths his home, scoring over 100 tries during his career, which began and ended with Souths - 1963 to 1978. He won five of six grand finals at the SCG and represented Australia 10 times with distinction.
Dally Messenger's all round brilliance as a rugby union player won him such a big following in Sydney that by deciding to switch to rugby league he virtually ensured the new code's success. A highly innovative running back and long range goal kicker, Messenger was, in either code the champion of the era.
Keith Miller, MBE
He was Australia's champion all round cricketer for 10 years after serving as a fighter pilot during World War II. He was an extravagantly talented player with a cavalier approach, who bowled fast, could hit lustily and took spectacular catches in slips. He moved to Sydney from Melbourne soon after the war and therefore was a special favourite at the SCG.
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.
In the early 1900's, M.A Noble was a towering figure in Australian cricket. He was a player of all round ability, who might well have made the Test side either for batting or bowling, and a Test captain of commanding personality. He was the first sportsman to have a SCG stand named after him.
Decima Norman, MBE
Western Australia's Decima Norman was the star of the 1938 Empire Games at the SCG. She won gold medals in the 100 yards, 200 yards, long jump, two relays and in winning the 100 yeads she beat the world record holder. She might well have won Olympic Gold in 1940 if those Games had not been cancelled.
Norman O'Neill OAM
During the seven years he played Test cricket, from 1958 to 1965, Norm O'Neill was Australia's most exciting batsman, a player of great power and sumptuous style whose strokes thrilled the eye. He was also a brilliant cover fieldsman with perhaps the most lethal throw in world cricket.
Bill O'Reilly, OBE
Don Bradman rated him, simply as the best bowler he ever saw. O'Reilly was unique both in type and skill, and his nickname 'Tiger' reflected the venom of his medium pace, leg spin bowling. One of the games great personalities, he was also a leading cricket columnist. An SCG stand is named after him.
John Raper, MBE
Some have called him 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.
Australian rugby has never had a safer fullback, which was why he became known as 'Ross of Gibraltar'. Ross excelled in all the required skills - handling, kicking and tackling, and his play was all but error free. He climaxed a 20 Test career that began in 1925 by Captaining Australia to a Bledisloe Cup victory in 1934.
St George Dragons
By winning 11 rugby league premierships in a row from 1956 to 1966, St George established a record no Australian sporting team has equalled. The Dragons were both a great team and a team of great players. In the 11 grand finals at the SCG, they scored 205 points to 63, a measure of their dominance.
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
He was a force in Australian cricket over four decades. In the 1960's he was Australia's outstanding opening batsman, Test captain and the world's leading slips fieldsman. In the late 1970's he returned from retirement to lead Australia again. As Australian coach in the 1980's and 1990's, he did much to rebuild the national side.
He was Australian cricket's first international star. Tall and lean, he bowled with so much pace, hostility and skill that by the early 1880's he was considered the world's finest bowler and was given the nickname 'Demon'. Spofforth's match winning bowling against England at the Oval in 1882 inspired the Ashes tradition.
The Thornett Brothers
Their record is unique, for all played for Australia in one or both rugby codes. The oldest, John (MBE) played 37 union Tests in a long international career starting in 1955; Dick a forward like John, played Tests in both union and league; while Ken, a fullback represented Australia in league only.
He was a highly accomplished rugby union centre whose international career extended from 1926 to the late 1930's, but his impact was felt long after that. Towers was a rugby strategist, and the running game he promoted at Randwick eventually influenced the Wallabies' play, contributing to their 1991 World Cup win.
The natural grace, artistry and sheer brilliance of his batting made such a huge impression on spectators in the early 1900's that Victor Trumper became Australian cricket's first superstar. The fact that he was exceptionally modest and generous by nature added to the legend. Trumper was only 37 when he died in 1915.
Doug Walters, MBE
Doug Walters' entertaining batting and down to earth manner made him a crowd favourite at the SCG for the whole of the time he played for Australia, from 1965-66 to 1980-81. He was especially popular on the Hill, which unofficially was proclaimed the Doug Walters Stand by a banner in 1975.
John Warren, MBE
He has long been soccer's most visible face in Australia, first as one of Australia's leading players, then as a coach and after that as a journalist and broadcaster who worked tirelessly to promote the game. Sydney raised, Warren joined the Socceroos in 1964 and captained them for 6 years.
In the first half of the 1960's White was a cornerstone of the Australian scrum, combining with Peter Johnson and John Thornett in an outstanding front row. He was a fixture as loose head prop, occupying the position in 21 consecutive Tests. It was said that not once did he have a bad match wearing Australian colours.
Rugby union's Col Windon was not only a rugged, hard tackling breakaway, he was also a speedy, elusive runner with a gift for scoring tries. In 20 internationals over seven years after World War II, Windon scored 11 tries, then the most by any Australian, confirming his reputation as the world's most versatile forward.