FLASHBACK: August 1953

QUEENSLAND captain, Ken McCaffery inspired Toowoomba to a 23-19 win over Brisbane in Toowoomba to clinch the 1953 Bulimba Cup title. McCaffery, playing in the centres, scored two tries in the space of 90 seconds as the Downsmen capitalised on poor handling by the city slickers.

Halfback, Cyril Connell was another “grand” player for Toowoomba, to use the terminology of The Courier-Mail’s Chief League Writer of the time, Jack Reardon.
Winger, Des McGovern also starred for Toowoomba while fullback, Norm Pope was one of the few shining lights for Brisbane.
Toowoomba maintained its unbeaten record in the 1953 Bulimba Cup with a 23-18 result against Ipswich the following weekend, with five eighth, Bobby Banks leading the way, even though he was concussed just before halftime as the result of a crash tackle by Test winger, Denis Flannery.
Ipswich tackled like demons, but Toowoomba threw the ball around “like a hot brick” and almost every man handled in long, sweeping movements.
Second rower, Don Furner, father of current Raiders coach, David Furner, was the best Toowoomba forward, while lock, Athol Smith also stood out.

2 responses to “FLASHBACK: August 1953

  1. Hi Steve
    I believe I have some footage of the 1953 game between Toowomba and Ipswich in the Bulimba Cup game mentioned above. Also Toowoomba V New Zealand and American All Stars.I know the American All Stars was 1953, and am checking on the Kiwi game.
    Gary Dunbar

  2. Hi there, would anyone know where I could obtain a 1953 team photo of the Manly Sea Eagles team? I have tried all sources and even Melba Studios dont have one as records and photos were destroyed in a fire they had some time ago. Any help would be appreciated.

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