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Mick Cronin (rugby league)
Michael William "Mick" Cronin OAM (born 28 June 1951 in Kiama, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and coach

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Mick CroninPersonal informationFull name Michael William CroninBorn (1951-06-28) 28 June 1951 (age 67)[1]
Kiama, New South Wales, AustraliaPlaying informationHeight 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb)Position Centre

Club Years Team Pld T G FG P 1969–76 Gerringong 1977–86 Parramatta Eels 216 75 865 2 1971 Total 216 75 865 2 1971 Representative Years Team Pld T G FG P 1973–76 Country NSW 4 2 9 0 24 1977–82 City NSW 6 3 41 0 91 1973–83 New South Wales 25 7 81 0 183 1973–82 Australia 33 9 139 0 305 Coaching information

Club Years Team Gms W D L W% 1990–93 Parramatta Eels 88 33 2 53 38 Representative Years Team Gms W D L W% 1992 Country NSW 1 1 0 0 100 Source: Rugby League Project, Yesterday's Hero

Michael William "Mick" Cronin OAM (born 28 June 1951 in Kiama, New South Wales) [3] is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and coach. He was a goal-kicking centre for the Australian national team and a stalwart for the Parramatta Eels club. He played in 22 Tests and 11 World Cup matches between 1973 and 1982. Cronin retired as the NSWRL Premiership's and the Australian Kangaroos' all-time highest point-scorer[4] and has since been named amongst the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century.[5]

Contents
  • 1 Country and early representative career
  • 2 Parramatta career
  • 3 Later representative career
  • 4 State of origin folklore
  • 5 Point scoring feats
  • 6 Coaching
  • 7 Accolades
  • 8 References
    • 8.1 Footnotes
    • 8.2 Sources
  • 9 External links
Country and early representative career

Cronin played for Christian Brothers (now Edmund Rice) in the Illawarra competition as an under 12. He was so good that when his team made the semi-finals the opposition appealed against Cronin's inclusion on residence grounds, claiming he was from Gerringong.[citation needed]

Cronin's first grade career began in 1969 for Gerringong. He was selected to play for Country in 1973 where he impressed enough to make that year's Kangaroo tour. He played in two Tests and ten minor tour matches and finished as the tour's highest point scorer with seven tries and twenty eight goals. In 1974 he was named New South Wales' Country Rugby League Player of the Year.[6] He played in all three Tests of the 1974 domestic Ashes series against Great Britain and the following year he played in NSW Country's historic 1975 win over Sydney City. He was selected in Australia's 1975 World Cup squad and played in five matches in the tournament in the centres alongside Bob Fulton. In a match against Wales in Sydney during the series, he kicked nine goals.

By this time Cronin was one of the most eminent rugby league centres in the world, yet he continually rejected big money offers to go to Sydney and played for his home town of Gerringong on the NSW South Coast.

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In 1977 Cronin joined the Parramatta Eels but for many years continued to commute to training and matches from Gerringong where he owned and was publican of the local hotel. He played at centre for New South Wales in the inaugural 1980 State of Origin game.

Cronin was a member of Parramatta's star studded backlines of the early 1980s playing alongside Brett Kenny, Steve Ella, Peter Sterling and Eric Grothe. In combination with all of these greats he played in four winning Grand Finals for Parramatta (1981, 1982, 1983 and 1986). Alongside teammate Ray Price, Cronin enjoyed a fairy tale last match end to his career in the 1986 Grand Final where he kicked both goals in the Eels' 4–2 victory over Canterbury-Bankstown.

Cronin played 216 games in ten years with Parramatta placing him equal fourth with Bob O'Reilly on the list of most first grade appearances. His club point scoring tally of 1,971 points (75 tries, 865 goals and 2 field goals) is the standing Parramatta record and is over 150 points clear of the next contender Luke Burt. He kicked 11 goals in a round 14 match of 1982 against the Illawarra Steelers, and 10 goals in the round 22 clash of 1978 against the Newtown Jets. He twice scored 27 points in a match for Parramatta.

In 1985 he overtook Graham Eadie's record for the most points scored in an NSWRFL career (1,917); Cronin's eventual total of 1,971 stood as the new career record for sixteen seasons until it was bettered by Daryl Halligan in 2000.

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The 1978 Kangaroo tour was Cronin's second, and he played in all five Tests plus 12 minor matches again returning home as the tour's highest point scorer with 142 points. He played in all Tests of the 1979 domestic Ashes series against Great Britain kicking 24 goals in the course of the three games. He played in seven Tests over three series against New Zealand in 1978, 1980 and 1982 before he retired from international representative football.

In 22 Tests for Australia between 1973 and 1982 he scored 5 tries and 93 goals for 201 points. Aside from Cronin's first 5 Tests in 1973 and 1974 when Graeme Langlands was captain and goal kicker, Mick Cronin was Australia's first choice kicker in his next seventeen Test appearances.

State of origin folklore

Cronin made 21 appearances for New South Wales Blues up till 1981 under the old place of residence rules. He played in the inaugural State of Origin match in 1980 and made five further appearances for the Blues under the origin criteria up till the game III in 1983, despite having retired from international representative availability in 1982.

Mick Cronin's name was etched into Origin folklore that first night in July 1980 when fifteen minutes from the end of the game his Parramatta club teammate Arthur Beetson pirouetted in from the right side while Cronin was held up in a tackle by Queensland half Greg Oliphant and threw a loose left-arm around Cronin's chin. To this day that incident is cited in evidence that from the outset State of Origin football was "the real deal" where deeply rooted State passion would take priority over club friendships and loyalties. State of Origin rugby league has ever since been promoted as "state against state, mate against mate". This archrivalry was typified by the Cronin/Beetson altercation notwithstanding that it was quickly forgotten and that they sat next to each other on the return plane trip to Sydney and didn't mention the incident.[7]

Altogether Cronin represented New South Wales 27 times from 1973 to 1983, scoring 7 tries, 87 goals for 195 points.

Point scoring feats

When he retired in 1986 he was the greatest point-scorer in the history of the NSWRL premiership with 1,971 points and other point-scoring honours include:
• Country record of 316 pts in 20 Group 7 matches in 1971
• Most points in a club season (282 in 1978) – the standing Parramatta club record.
• Most points in a calendar year (547 from 52 games in 1978)
• Most points by a player from any country in World Cup clashes (108)
• Most points in the world in Tests (199)
• Most points in a Test series (54 against Great Britain 1979)
• Most successive successful kicks for goal in top-grade rugby league (26 in 1978).
• Leading point-scorer in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982 & 1985

Coaching

In 1990 he took on the coaching responsibility at Parramatta in a period when their playing roster was at its weakest for years. In 1992 he coached a Country origin side to victory over City origin. He coached the Eels until the end of the 1993 NSWRL season.

In 2016 he coached the Gerringong Lions in the Group 7 Rugby League competition.[8]

Accolades

Cronin was named "Country Player of the Year" in 1974. He won unprecedented back-to-back Rothmans Medals in 1977–78. In 1985 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia "in recognition of service to the sport of Rugby League Football". Cronin received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and was honoured further in 2001 by being awarded the Centenary Medal "for service to Australian society through the sport of Rugby League".

At the 2007 Dally M Awards Cronin was inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame.[9]

In February 2008, Cronin was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[10]

The eastern grandstand of Parramatta Stadium is named the Mick Cronin Stand in his honour.

References Footnotes
  1. ^ Ray French's 100 great Rugby League players. London: MacDonald/Queen Anne. 1989. ISBN 978-0-356-17578-2. 
  2. ^ Bill Harrigan with Daniel Lane (2003). Harrigan: the referee in a league of his own. Australia: Hachette. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  4. ^ ARL (2007). "Australian Rugby Football League Annual Report 2007" (PDF). Australian Rugby League Limited. p. 50. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  5. ^ Century's Top 100 Players Archived 25 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Country Rugby League Player of the Year at crlnsw.com.au
  7. ^ Big League 2005 State of Origin Collectors Edition p16
  8. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/south-coast-club-gerringong-faces-punishment-after-shunning-women-rugby-league-players-20160821-gqxn3l.html
  9. ^ Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame Archived 18 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League – The Players". NRL & ARL. 23 February 2008. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
Sources
  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney
  • Big League, (2005) State of Origin 25 Years Collectors' Edition, News Magazines Sydney.
External links
  • Mick Cronin at eraofthebiff.com
  • Mick Cronin at concreteboots.com.au
Preceded by
Graham Eadie (1983) Record-holder
Most points in an NSWRFL/NRL career [1]

1985 (1,918) - 2000 (1,971) Succeeded by
Darryl Halligan (2000) Preceded by
Eric Simms
1969–1977 Record-holder
Most points in an NRL season

1978–1998 Succeeded by
Ivan Cleary
1998–2004
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Parramatta Eels squad – 1981 NSWRFL Premiers (1st title)
  • 1 Steve McKenzie
  • 2 Graeme Atkins
  • 3 Mick Cronin
  • 4 Steve Ella
  • 5 Eric Grothe, Sr.
  • 6 Brett Kenny
  • 7 Peter Sterling
  • 8 Ron Hilditch
  • 9 Steve Edge (c)
  • 10 Bob O'Reilly
  • 11 John Muggleton
  • 12 Kevin Stevens
  • 13 Ray Price
  • 14 Steve Sharp
  • 15 Paul Taylor
  • Coach: Jack Gibson
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Parramatta Eels squad – 1982 NSWRFL Premiers (2nd title)
  • 1 Paul Taylor
  • 2 Neil Hunt
  • 3 Mick Cronin
  • 4 Steve Ella
  • 5 Eric Grothe, Sr.
  • 6 Brett Kenny
  • 7 Peter Sterling
  • 8 Geoff Bugden
  • 9 Steve Edge (c)
  • 10 Chris Phelan
  • 11 John Muggleton
  • 12 Steve Sharp
  • 13 Ray Price
  • 14 Peter Wynn
  • 15 Mark Laurie
  • Coach: Jack Gibson
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Parramatta Eels squad – 1983 NSWRFL Premiers (3rd title)
  • 1 Paul Taylor
  • 2 David Liddiard
  • 3 Mick Cronin
  • 4 Steve Ella
  • 5 Eric Grothe, Sr.
  • 6 Brett Kenny
  • 7 Peter Sterling
  • 8 Stan Jurd
  • 9 Steve Edge (c)
  • 10 Paul Mares
  • 11 Peter Wynn
  • 12 Steve Sharp
  • 13 Ray Price
  • 14 Don Duffy
  • 15 Chris Phelan
  • 16 Mark Laurie
  • 17 Gary Martine
  • Coach: Jack Gibson
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Parramatta Eels squad – 1986 NSWRL Premiers (4th title)
  • 1 Paul Taylor
  • 2 Mick Delroy
  • 3 Mick Cronin
  • 4 Steve Ella
  • 5 Eric Grothe, Sr.
  • 6 Brett Kenny
  • 7 Peter Sterling
  • 8 Geoff Bugden
  • 9 Michael Moseley
  • 10 Terry Leabeater
  • 11 Mark Laurie
  • 12 John Muggleton
  • 13 Ray Price (c)
  • 14 Tony Chalmers
  • 15 Peter Wynn
  • Coach: John Monie
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1973 Kangaroo Tour squad
  • Graeme Langlands (c)
  • Arthur Beetson (vc)
  • Bob McCarthy (vc)
  • Tom Raudonikis (vc)
  • Ray Branighan
  • Michael Cronin
  • Graham Eadie
  • Bob Fulton
  • Ted Goodwin
  • Bill Hamilton
  • John Lang
  • Ken Maddison
  • John O'Neill
  • Bob O'Reilly
  • Warren Orr
  • Tim Pickup
  • Greg Pierce
  • Graeme Olling
  • Terry Randall
  • Steve Rogers
  • Paul Sait
  • Geoff Starling
  • Gary Stevens
  • David Waite
  • Elwyn Walters
  • Dennis Ward
  • Lionel Williamson

  • Coach: Graeme Langlands
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Australia squad – 1975 Rugby League World Championship winners (4th title)
  •  Graeme Langlands (Capt./Coach)
  •  Chris Anderson
  •  Arthur Beetson
  •  Ray Branighan
  •  John Brass
  •  Ron Coote
  •  Mick Cronin
  •  John Donnelly
  •  Graham Eadie
  •  Terry Fahey
  •  Denis Fitzgerald
  •  Bob Fulton
  •  Mark Harris
  •  Ray Higgs
  •  John Lang
  •  Ian Mackay
  •  Allan McMahon
  •  John Mayes
  •  John O'Neill
  •  John Peard
  •  Tim Pickup
  •  Greg Pierce
  •  George Piggins
  •  Lew Platz
  •  Jim Porter
  •  John Quayle
  •  Terry Randall
  •  Tommy Raudonikis
  •  Johnny Rhodes
  •  Steve Rogers
  •  Paul Sait
  •  Ian Schubert
  •  Gary Stevens
  •  Ross Strudwick
  •  Greg Veivers
  •  David Wright
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Australia squad - 1977 World Cup Final winners (5th title)
  • 1. Graham Eadie
  • 2. Allan McMahon
  • 3. Mick Cronin
  • 4. Russel Gartner
  • 5. Mark Harris
  • 6. John Peard
  • 7. John Kolc
  • 8. Greg Veivers
  • 9. Nick Geiger
  • 10. Terry Randall
  • 11. Arthur Beetson (c)
  • 12. Ray Higgs
  • 13. Greg Pierce
  • 14. Denis Fitzgerald
  • Coach: Terry Fearnley
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1978 Kangaroo Tour squad
  • Bob Fulton (c)
  • Greg Pierce (vc)
  • Chris Anderson
  • Kerry Boustead
  • Les Boyd
  • Larry Corowa
  • Michael Cronin
  • Graham Eadie
  • Geoff Gerard
  • Johnny Gibbs
  • Ron Hilditch
  • Steve Kneen
  • Max Krilich
  • Steve Martin
  • Allan McMahon
  • Rod Morris
  • Greg Oliphant
  • Graeme Olling
  • George Peponis
  • Ray Price
  • Tom Raudonikis
  • Rod Reddy
  • Steve Rogers
  • Ian Schubert
  • Alan Thompson
  • Ian Thomson
  • Bruce Walker
  • Craig Young

  • Coach: Frank Stanton
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1980 Kangaroo Tour of New Zealand squad
  • George Peponis (c)
  • Chris Anderson
  • Kerry Boustead
  • Les Boyd
  • Greg Brentnall
  • Chris Close
  • Michael Cronin
  • Garry Dowling
  • Ray Price
  • Graham Quinn
  • Tom Raudonikis
  • Rod Reddy
  • Alan Thompson
  • Graeme Wynn
  • Craig Young

  • Coach: Frank Stanton
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Rothmans Medallists
  • 1968 Terry Hughes
  • 1969 Denis Pittard
  • 1970 Kevin Junee
  • 1971 Denis Pittard
  • 1972 Tommy Raudonikis
  • 1973 Ken Maddison
  • 1974 Graham Eadie
  • 1975 Steve Rogers
  • 1976 Ray Higgs
  • 1977 Mick Cronin
  • 1978 Mick Cronin
  • 1979 Ray Price
  • 1980 Geoff Bugden
  • 1981 Kevin Hastings
  • 1982 Greg Brentnall
  • 1983 Mike Eden
  • 1984 Terry Lamb
  • 1985 Wayne Pearce
  • 1986 Mal Cochrane
  • 1987 Peter Sterling
  • 1988 Barry Russell
  • 1989 Gavin Miller & Mark Sargent
  • 1990 Peter Sterling
  • 1991 Ewan McGrady
  • 1992 Allan Langer
  • 1993 Ricky Stuart
  • 1994 David Fairleigh
  • 1995 Paul Green
  • 1996 Jason Taylor
  • 1997 Brad Fittler
  • v
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  • e
National Rugby League season top points scorers
  • 1908 Horrie Miller
  • 1909 Arthur Conlin
  • 1910 Dally Messenger
  • 1911 Dally Messenger
  • 1912 Dally Messenger
  • 1913 Harold Horder
  • 1914 Harold Horder
  • 1915 Wally Messenger
  • 1916 Charles Fraser
  • 1917 Charles Fraser
  • 1918 Harold Horder
  • 1919 A McPherson
  • 1920 Frank Burge
  • 1921 Rex Norman
  • 1922 Harold Horder
  • 1923 Arthur Oxford
  • 1924 Jack Courtney
  • 1925 Benny Wearing
  • 1926 Jack Courtney
  • 1927 Alf Blair
  • 1928 Benny Wearing
  • 1929 Jim Craig
  • 1930 Jim Craig
  • 1931 Jack Lynch
  • 1932 Les Mead
  • 1933 Syd Christensen
  • 1934 Dave Brown
  • 1935 Dave Brown
  • 1936 Syd Christensen
  • 1937 Jack Beaton
  • 1938 Tom Kirk
  • 1939 Neville Smith
  • 1940 Tom Kirk
  • 1941 Neville Smith
  • 1942 Ray Lindwall
  • 1943 Tom Kirk
  • 1944 Tom Kirk
  • 1945 Dick Dunn
  • 1946 Tom Kirk
  • 1947 Pat Devery
  • 1948 Jack Lindwall
  • 1949 Bill Keato
  • 1950 Bill Keato
  • 1951 Ron Rowles
  • 1953 Ron Rowles
  • 1954 Ron Rowles
  • 1955 Doug Fleming
  • 1956 Doug Fleming
  • 1957 Darcy Russell
  • 1958 Harry Bath
  • 1959 Darcy Russell
  • 1960 Brian Graham
  • 1961 Bob Landers
  • 1962 Don Parish
  • 1963 Fred Griffiths
  • 1964 Fred Griffiths
  • 1965 Fred Griffiths
  • 1966 Bob Lanigan
  • 1967 Eric Simms
  • 1968 Eric Simms
  • 1969 Eric Simms
  • 1970 Eric Simms
  • 1971 Graeme Langlands
  • 1972 Allan McKean
  • 1973 Graeme Langlands
  • 1974 Graham Eadie
  • 1975 Graham Eadie
  • 1976 Graham Eadie
  • 1977 Michael Cronin
  • 1978 Michael Cronin
  • 1979 Michael Cronin
  • 1980 Steve Gearin
  • 1981 Steve Rogers
  • 1982 Michael Cronin
  • 1983 Michael Eden
  • 1984 Steve Gearin
  • 1985 Michael Cronin
  • 1986 Terry Lamb
  • 1987 Ross Conlon
  • 1988 Gary Belcher
  • 1989 Andy Currier & Ricky Walford
  • 1990 Mal Meninga
  • 1991 Daryl Halligan
  • 1992 Daryl Halligan
  • 1993 Daryl Halligan
  • 1994 Daryl Halligan
  • 1995 Matthew Ridge
  • 1996 Jason Taylor
  • 1997 Jason Taylor (ARL) Ryan Girdler (SL)
  • 1998 Ivan Cleary
  • 1999 Matt Geyer
  • 2000 Joel Caine
  • 2001 Andrew Johns & Ben Walker
  • 2002 Hazem El Masri
  • 2003 Hazem El Masri
  • 2004 Hazem El Masri
  • 2005 Brett Hodgson
  • 2006 Hazem El Masri
  • 2007 Hazem El Masri
  • 2008 Luke Covell
  • 2009 Hazem El Masri
  • 2010 Michael Gordon
  • 2011 Benji Marshall
  • 2012 Jarrod Croker
  • 2013 James Maloney
  • 2014 Johnathan Thurston
  • 2015 Jarrod Croker
  • 2016 Jarrod Croker
  • 2017 Nathan Cleary
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Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame2002
  • Clive Churchill
  • Reg Gasnier
  • Johnny Raper
  • Graeme Langlands
  • Bob Fulton
  • Wally Lewis
2003
  • Dally Messenger
  • Dave Brown
  • Wally Prigg
  • Keith Holman
  • Arthur Beetson
  • Mal Meninga
2004
  • Harry Bath
  • Norm Provan
  • Ken Irvine
  • Harold Horder
  • Frank Burge
  • Vic Hey
2005
  • Jimmy Craig
  • Chris McKivat
  • Duncan Thompson
  • Brian Bevan
  • Brian Carlson
  • Ron Coote
2006
  • Ken Kearney
  • Sid "Sandy" Pearce
  • Charles Fraser
  • George Treweek
  • Duncan Hall
  • Peter Sterling
2007
  • Arthur Halloway
  • Tom Gorman
  • Joe Pearce
  • Harry Wells
  • Keith Barnes
  • Mick Cronin
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New South Wales Inaugural State of Origin team
  • 1. Graham Eadie
  • 2. Chris Anderson
  • 3. Michael Cronin
  • 4. Steve Rogers
  • 5. Greg Brentnall
  • 6. Alan Thompson
  • 7. Tommy Raudonikis (c)
  • 8. Jim Leis
  • 9. Graeme Wynn
  • 10. Bob Cooper
  • 11. Craig Young
  • 12. Steven Edge
  • 13. Gary Hambly
  • 14. Robert Stone
  • 15. Steve Martin
  • Coach: Ted Glossop
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Country Rugby League Team of the Century (1908-2007)
  • 1. Clive Churchill
  • 2. Brian Carlson
  • 3. Michael Cronin
  • 4. Graeme Langlands
  • 5. Eddie Lumsden
  • 6. Bob Fulton
  • 7. Andrew Johns
  • 8. Steve Roach
  • 9. Ian Walsh
  • 10. Glenn Lazarus
  • 11. Herb Narvo
  • 12. Bradley Clyde
  • 13. Wally Prigg
  1. ^ Heads, Ian and Middleton, David (2008) A Centenary of Rugby League, MacMillan Sydney


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