BEARS BANTER – The Official Bears Podcast

1970 – 1980s Series #1

JOHN GRAY

Born; Friday, 9th October, 1953

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Hooker Of The Year 1982

Biography

Great Britain RU international also played County cricket for Warwickshire and the MCC before changing codes to play for Wigan in 1973. Gray came to Australia on Great Britain’s 1974 tour and made his Test debut in the Lions’16-11 Second Test win, while his 6 goals in the Third Test almost won his country the Ashes. A tough hooker and a brilliant around-the-corner goal-kicker, Gray brought his considerable talents to Norths in the mid-1970s. In 1976 he was awarded the Amco Cup ‘superstar’ prize for player of the competition but only after an embarrassing mix-up after promoters first gave the award to Balmain’s Allan McMahon. Gray signed with Manly in 1978 on a reduced contract for the chance to play in a competitive side. Unfortunately he was sent off and suspended in the major semi-final replay against P’matta and Manly went on to win a dramatic 1978 grand final replay without him. Gray later returned to Norths but a series of broken forearms and constant back pain ended his career in 1983.

– ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player’s career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

To view a list of corresponding matches, click on the Match list icon.

International

Test Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
Great Britain 1974 8 1 18 1 40 5 3 0 62.50% Match list
England 1975 1 4 8 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1974-1975 9 1 22 1 48 6 3 0 66.67% Match list

International Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
England 1975 2 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1975 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 100.00% Match list

World Cup Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
England 1975 1 4 8 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1975 1 0 4 0 8 1 0 0 100.00% Match list

Club Career

Australian League Matches – By Year

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
North Sydney NSWRFL 1975 ? 23 46
North Sydney NSWRFL 1976 15 2 33 72 4 10 1 26.67% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1977 19 3 66 141 10 8 1 52.63% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1978 24 4 61 134 15 8 1 62.50% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1979 16 7 14 7 8 1 43.75% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1980 7 4 3 0 57.14% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1981 16 40 80 7 9 0 43.75% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1982 21 3 51 1 112 14 6 1 66.67% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1983 8 1 4 12 3 5 0 37.50% Match list
Overall 1975-1983 ? 13 285 1 611 ? ? ? ?

Australian League Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
North Sydney 1975-77, 1981-83 ? 9 217 1 463 ? ? ? ?
North Sydney 1976-77, 1981-83 79 9 194 1 417 38 38 3 48.10% Match list
Manly Warringah 1978-80 47 4 68 148 26 19 2 55.32% Match list
Overall 1975-1983 ? 13 285 1 611 ? ? ? ?

Australian Finals Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
North Sydney 1976-1982 1 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Manly Warringah 1978 3 2 4 1 1 1 33.33% Match list
Overall 1978-1982 4 0 2 0 4 1 2 1 25.00% Match list

DON MCKINNON

Born: Friday, 29th April, 1955
Place Of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Prop Of The Year 1982

Biography

Giant prop forward, the youngest son of Norths’ president Harry McKinnon, eclipsed Norm Strong’s club record number of grade games (260) in 1987. A local junior who played RU with Willoughby until the age of 16, Don McKinnon was graded by the Bears in 1975. He reached his peak in 1982, winning a place in NSW’s State of Origin side before playing in ten minor matches on the unbeaten Kangaroo Tour. McKinnon did not have his contract renewed with Norths for the 1988 season but feeling that he still had something to offer, played his final season with Manly. In the opening match of the season against Brisbane, McKinnon suffered the embarrassment of being fined for relieving himself while still on the field – certainly not the first player to do so but the first to be caught on TV. He spent most of the remainder of the season on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder when scoring a try in a later match.

– ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player’s career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

To view a list of corresponding matches, click on the Match list icon.

International

International Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
Australia 1982 1 1 1 5 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1982 1 1 1 0 5 1 0 0 100.00% Match list

Representative

Australia – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
New South Wales 1982 1 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1982 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00% Match list

Club Career

Australian League Matches – By Year

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
North Sydney NSWRFL 1977 2 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1978 18 6 18 4 13 1 22.22% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1979 17 3 9 1 16 0 5.88% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1980 19 3 9 4 14 1 21.05% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1981 18 1 3 8 10 0 44.44% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1982 26 6 18 15 10 1 57.69% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1983 25 2 8 12 12 1 48.00% Match list
North Sydney NSWRL 1984 24 4 16 9 14 1 37.50% Match list
North Sydney NSWRL 1985 14 2 8 3 11 0 21.43% Match list
North Sydney NSWRL 1986 14 7 7 0 50.00% Match list
North Sydney NSWRL 1987 9 1 4 4 5 0 44.44% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1988 6 1 4 4 2 0 66.67% Match list
Overall 1977-1988 192 29 0 0 97 72 115 5 37.50% Match list

Australian League Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
North Sydney 1977-87 186 28 93 68 113 5 36.56% Match list
Manly Warringah 1988 6 1 4 4 2 0 66.67% Match list
Overall 1977-1988 192 29 0 0 97 72 115 5 37.50% Match list

Australian Finals Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
North Sydney 1977-1982 2 2 6 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1982 2 2 0 0 6 0 2 0 0.00% Match list

JOHN ADAM

Born: Monday, 22nd October, 1956

Biography

Norths junior, a captain of NSW U’19s and NSW Colts (Cricket), trialled with the Bears as a winger before establishing a long career as a resourceful centre. A graduate in law and commerce from the University of NSW, Adam was to put his solicitor’s skills to good use after his retirement as a player when he became the inaugural president of the Players Association, the forerunner of the Players Union.

– ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player’s career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

To view a list of corresponding matches, click on the Match list icon.

Club Career

Australian League Matches – By Year

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
North Sydney NSWRFL 1977 17 7 21 10 7 0 58.82% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1978 22 9 27 4 17 1 18.18% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1979 21 4 12 2 19 0 9.52% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1980 21 4 12 6 14 1 28.57% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1981 16 7 21 7 9 0 43.75% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1982 25 6 18 14 11 0 56.00% Match list
North Sydney NSWRFL 1983 26 5 20 13 12 1 50.00% Match list
North Sydney NSWRL 1984 6 2 8 3 3 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1977-1984 154 44 0 0 139 59 92 3 38.31% Match list

Australian League Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
North Sydney 1977-84 154 44 139 59 92 3 38.31% Match list
Overall 1977-1984 154 44 0 0 139 59 92 3 38.31% Match list

Australian Finals Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
North Sydney 1977-1982 2 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1982 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00% Match list