Since 1908… A Foundation Club
As a foundation club and one of great tradition, the Sydney
Roosters boast a long and illustrious sporting history.
The Roosters (formerly Eastern Suburbs and Sydney City Roosters)
entered the inaugural New South Wales Rugby League Premiership
in 1908, competing for the Agricultural Shield, the first ever
shield in the competition. The shield was awarded to Eastern
Suburbs when they won three of the first six premierships contested
(1911, 1912, 1913).
The history of the Sydney Roosters is filled with remarkable
achievements and legendary Rugby League personalities. The
Roosters have produced numerous Australian Rugby League legends,
including "Dally" Messenger, Dave Brown, Jack Gibson,
Arthur Beetson, Ron Coote, Russell Fairfax and Brad Fittler.
The Roosters have captured 12 First Grade Premierships, with
our champion teams of the 1930's and 1974-1975 being ranked
as two of the greatest sides ever assembled.
The Roosters boast a successful corporately based Board of
Directors and are supported by many of the country's major
corporations, including Samsung, City Ford, Mortgage House,
Bartercard and Easts Leagues Club.
Over the past two years the Sydney Roosters corporate support
has increased substantially, and the club has made it a priority
to take the companies on board successfully into the new millennium.
Under Ricky Stuart’s guidance, the Sydney Roosters
have shrugged off the infamous ‘latte set’ and ‘transit
lounge’ tags that plagued them during the 1990s to
forge a reputation as one of the NRL’s most feared
and competitive sides. Since arriving at Bondi Junction in
2002, no less than eight players have gone on to play representative
football under Stuart’s tutelage.
In his first three
years as a first grade coach, Stuart took the side to three
consecutive grand finals, winning the premiership in 2002.
2005 has seen the emergence of the Roosters’ generation
next – with exciting youngsters Jamie Soward, Iosia
Soliola, Heath L’Estrange, Mickey Paea and Michael
Lett all proving they have what it takes to make it in the
Each of the six youngsters have progressed through
the club’s gun lower grade sides on the back of quality
coaching from Jim Dymock and Shane Flanagan. And with high
profile recruits Braith Anasta and Ashley Harrison set to
join the club in 2006 and link up with Australian stars Anthony
Minichiello, Craig Wing and Craig Fitzgibbon, the future
for the Sydney Roosters appears brighter than ever.
In order to continue and prolong our great tradition, the
club emerged in 2000 with our new identity of the Sydney Roosters
Rugby League Football Club. This name change has allowed us
to more accurately reflect our true position as the team of
the great city of SYDNEY!
As the game enters an exciting and revolutionary phase, the
Sydney Roosters will continue to be one of the strongest clubs
in the National Rugby League competition, both on and off
1908 (Foundation Member)
(known as Eastern Suburbs 1908-1994)
(known as Sydney City Roosters 1994-1999)
Red, White and Blue
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