FLASHBACK: April 1967

North Sydney boss, Harry McKinnon blew up delux after the Queensland Rugby League refused to clear international forwards, Noel Cavanagh and Peter Gallagher from Brothers. McKinnon accused QRL administrators of living in the past and not giving players a chance to better themselves. This brought a stinging reply from former Queensland and Australian player, Jack Reardon, writing in his column in ‘The Courier-Mail’.
“You, Mr McKinnon, should be the last man to criticise the Queensland administration given most of your players seem to come from everywhere, except North Sydney,” Reardon wrote referring to a Bears line-up which included Queenslanders, a South African and a host of players from the bush.
“What’s happening to all those wonderful junior players in Sydney? Tell you what Harry. Send your Presidents Cup (under-21) side to Queensland. We have the coaches to make them ready-made for you to poach them back to North Sydney. Then you might win your first A grade premiership in 50 years.”

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