One of Australia’s greatest rugby league players, Johnny Gleeson, died today just four days short of his 83rd birthday.

Gleeson, a brilliant five eighth, toured Britain and France with the 1963 and 1967 Kangaroos.

Originally from Chinchilla, Gleeson played for Brothers and Wynnum-Manly in Brisbane after representing Toowoomba in the Bulimba Cup.

He had been battling ill-health for some time.

I will file a more detailed obituary in the coming days.

Johnny Gleeson, second player from right in front row

2 responses to “VALE JOHNNY GLEESON

  1. Hi Steve, what a sad day for rugby league, John was such a legend of the game and was a wonderful, skilful player to watch. Ray Reithmuller a former Clydesdales player used to say he was blessed to be playing outside 2 of the best in John Gleeson and Cracker McDonald, knocked up scoring tries. Hope you had a happy Christmas Steve, take care,
    Regards, Doug Muir

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Thanks Steve for remembering my mate Johnny Gleeson What a player !!!! What a gentleman!!!! I was fortunate enough to tour with Johnny in 1963 He had a marvellous tour His room mate was Les Johns again one of the best fullbacks I’ve seen Both of these mates were inseparable
    Rest In Peace Johnny

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