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Yesterday's Hero: Terry Lamb

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  1. Wahesh

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    Terry Lamb


    The man who defines what it is to be a Bulldog, Terry Lamb born was born on 15 September, 1961. He played 350 games, with Wests (1980–1983), and Canterbury (1984–1996). Lamb was known for his support of the ball-carrier - his ability to be in the right place at the right time netted him 164 tries. This earned him the moniker of "The Back-up Man". He also kicked 386 goals and 44 field goals, for 1,442 points in first grade. He played for New South Wales in State of Origin and Australia. Lamb holds the distinction of being the only player to appear in every match of a Kangaroo Tour.

    Lamb grew up in the Bankstown suburb of Chester Hill, and attended Sefton High School. Lamb played all his junior rugby league for the Chester Hill Hornets club during the years 1967–1979 where he won multiple Best and Fairest awards. He only played in one Grand Final when he filled in for a side above his age group. Lamb is the only International to come from the Chester Hill Hornets club and the ground is now named the Terry Lamb Complex in his honour. Lamb represented Canterbury in junior representative sides, but signed his first professional contract with Western Suburbs Magpies.

    The news that Lamb's Dally M winnings was more than his contract ensured that he would be in hot demand from the richer Sydney clubs now that he was out of contract and that Wests were at first expelled from the premiership. Easts and Balmain both showed interest but eventually Lamb chose the Bulldogs, joining in 1984.

    Lamb settled nicely into Canterbury under the coaching of Warren Ryan and playing outside Steve Mortimer. Lamb's arrival did cause initial controversy when long-serving five-eighth Garry Hughes was dropped to reserve grade in what was to be his final season. Lamb's ability to back up the ball-carrier came to the fore as he was the Sydney Premiership's joint leading tryscorer with 17.[8] Lamb won a recall to the New South Wales State of Origin side for the 2nd match. He played well enough to be retained for the 3rd match despite the Blues losing, but withdrew due to injury. Lamb never won a junior premiership and he was closing in on one at senior level when the Bulldogs made the 1984 Grand Final against arch-rivals Parramatta Eels who were looking to win their fourth successive title. Canterbury took out the Grand Final 6–4 in a bruising game of football. Lamb was replaced with five minutes remaining due to a nasty gash above his eye.

    In 1985, Lamb played 22 games for the Bulldogs, but was forced to miss the 1985 Grand Final due to a groin injury. Michael Hagan was named as his replacement. Canterbury defeated St. George Dragons 7–6 to make it back-to-back titles.

    1986 was an eventful year for Lamb. He played much of the opening rounds at halfback with captain Steve Mortimer suspended, and was recalled to the New South Wales State of Origin side. He was selected in all three matches from the bench and went on to be selected in the Australian Test side for the opening match against New Zealand. Lamb came on from the bench as a replacement for Dale Shearer. Lamb got more time in the 3rd Test when he came as a replacement for the injured Wayne Pearce playing lock forward. His good form at Canterbury continued with the Bulldogs making a third successive Grand Final, once again playing Parramatta Eels. Lamb was the leading pointscorer for the season, and he would end up scoring 210 points. However, he missed a difficult penalty goal attempt in the final three minutes of the 1986 Grand Final. The Eels won 4-2. Lamb was then selected to go on the Kangaroo Tour.

    In March 1987, Lamb scored all of Canterbury's 26 points as they beat Wests 26-16 in round 4. Lamb's points haul were made up of four tries and five goals. He again finished the season as the leagues leading try-scorer however, the club failed to make the finals, finishing 6th in what would prove to be Warren Ryan's last season as coach.

    Warren Ryan departed Canterbury at the end of 1987 with reserve grade coach Phil Gould taking over the reins in a caretaker role with Chris Anderson being groomed for the top position. The 1988 season was Lamb's fifth at Canterbury and the first he wouldn't cross the line at least 10 times. Lamb played a very important role in Canterbury's season as former captain Steve Mortimer missed a large chunk of the season due to injuries.[citation needed]

    One of the first jobs that new coach Chris Anderson did was appoint Lamb as captain ahead of Paul Langmack and Andrew Farrar, who were commonly the deputies when Peter Tunks (who joined Penrith Panthers in 1990) was unavailable.

    The Bulldogs lost Paul Langmack, Andrew Farrar, David Gillespie and Joe Thomas to Wests under former dual premiership-winning coach Warren Ryan. The club also lost Paul Dunn to Penrith and Jason Alchin to St George.

    Lamb made himself unavailable for the 1990 Kangaroo Tour despite the controversial omission of Wally Lewis. Cliff Lyons and Kevin Walters were both selected once Lamb confirmed his unavailability.[citation needed]

    A chronic groin injury would dog Lamb for the next few seasons.[16] Lamb would be a week-to-week proposition throughout the 1990s.

    Despite the departures from Canterbury at the end of the season, in 1991 they qualified in equal 5th position but went down 19-14 against arch-rivals Wests. The club under the leadership of Lamb developed as a competitive force. Lamb was captain to a new generation of players coming through the club who would play a big part in the club's successful years ahead including Darren Smith, Dean Pay, Simon Gillies, Matthew Ryan and 1991 Rothmans Medal Winner Ewan McGrady. The 1991 season was the only time Lamb would be suspended throughout his career when he was sent off for an alleged headbutt on Manly's Geoff Toovey. He received four weeks for the offence.

    Lamb missed the first five matches in 1992 but when he returned he enjoyed one of his finest individual seasons where Canterbury started to be tagged a 'one-man team'. Lamb lifted the Bulldogs to the brink of the semi-finals before once again making himself unavailable as the 1992 World Cup loomed. Lamb came 2nd in the Dally M Awards for 1992.

    A new wave of signings joined the Bulldogs in 1993 and the team that Lamb and Anderson moulded was coming to fruition. The Bulldogs won the Minor Premiership with Lamb making it a hat-trick of Dally M Five-Eighth of the Year awards and Anderson winning Dally M Coach of the Year. Canterbury crashed out in the semi-finals but it was a great effort by the club to get to a position of strength after being warm favourites for the 1991 Wooden Spoon.

    Lamb broke his arm in 1994 when playing his 299th first grade match against Wests. Lamb would return to play his 300th match against Souths playing at Concord Oval and wearing the No.55 jumper. Concord was only used for three League games and Lamb wore No.55 as he was a late inclusion into the side. Lamb broke the record previously held by Geoff Gerard in the final round, which ironically was against his former club Wests at Campbelltown with both Canterbury and Wests jointly celebrating the occasion. Canterbury with their victory in Lamb's 304th first grade game won the Minor Premiership and defeated Canberra in the Major Semi-Final. The Raiders however won the Grand Final 36-12.

    The 1995 season was to be Lamb's last season and the Bulldogs were keen to send him out a winner but it all went wrong early when the Bulldogs were caught up in the firing line of the Super League War. Lamb's strength and character as a captain shone through when he held the club together and rallied everyone (bar one) in the latter half of the season. Canterbury qualified in 6th position for the ARL Finals Series. The Bulldogs defeated St George, Brisbane and defending premiers Canberra to make the Grand Final against Manly.

    Canterbury were never headed in the Grand Final defeating Manly 17-4 in the decider with Lamb plotting a crucial drop-goal to give them a seven-point lead. Lamb spent 10 minutes in the sin bin[ but that didn't stop his performance as he steered Canterbury to an impressive victory.

    It was a sweet moment for Lamb and coach Chris Anderson after five years of planning went into this moment. The 1995 Grand Final was also the swansong for Chief Executive Peter Moore who retired from his post after 26 years of service. Moore would remain a member of the Canterbury Leagues Club board until 1998.

    Lamb's planned retirement was shelved as he helped his beloved club for one more season to get through a sudden player departure caused by the Super League War. Lamb didn't seek the captaincy with Simon Gillies taking on that role and when Gillies was injured for the second half of the season, Lamb again opted not to be captain with Darren Britt taking the reins (in a sign of things to come). Lamb's career wound down on 25 August 1996, when Canterbury defeated North Queensland 50-22 at Belmore Sports Ground. Lamb scored two tries an that the start and end of his career saw him score a double.

    The finest support player the game has seen played a record 349 first grade games (88 at Western Suburbs, 261 at Canterbury-Bankstown). He also scored 164 first grade tries, a mark bettered only by Andrew Ettingshausen (165), Steve Menzies (180) and Ken Irvine (212).

    In a strange twist, with Manly having reached (and won) the 2008 NRL Grand Final, Menzies ended his career in Australia having equalled Lamb's league record of 349 games in his final match. The 34-year-old veteran of 15 NRL seasons then signed a contract to play the 2009 season and beyond with European Super League club, the Bradford Bulls.

    In anticipation of equalling Lamb's record with his final appearance, Manly was reported to have made Menzies an offer to make a cameo appearance in 2009 to break the record. Menzies' response confirmed his and Lamb's standing among the greats:

    "I wouldn't consider coming back for one game and cheapening the record or anything," said Menzies.

    "If I fell one short or equalled it or whatever then that's my career and the way it finishes.

    "(Lamb) was such a great player ... I'm very honoured to stand next to him. Lamb set many records at Canterbury with the last one, a landmark of 123 tries being broken by winger Hazem El Masri, against the Newcastle Knights in 2006.

    Lamb would be acknowledged in 2004 as the Canterbury five-eighth and captain in their 70-years greatest side.

    Achievements and Honours

    • 1983 Dally M Player of the Year (1st Runner Up in 1984, 1987, 1992. 2nd Runner Up in 1986)
    • 1984 Rothmans Medal Best & Fairest Winner
    • Three times winner of the Dally M Players Player of the Year (1984, 1986, 1995)
    • Record seven times Dally M Five-Eighth of the Year Award (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993)
    • Won a record total of 18 Dally M Awards
    • NSWRL Premiership Leading Tryscorer in 1984 (17) and 1987 (16)
    • NSWRL Premiership Leading Pointscorer in 1986 (210)
    • Member of 1984, 1988 and 1995 Canterbury Premiership Winning Teams
    • 1995 Canterbury Premiership Winning Captain
    • Only player to play every match on a full Kangaroo Tour. Lamb played in all 20 matches: 15 tour matches and 5 Tests on the 1986 Tour of Great Britain and France
    • Leading Tryscoring with 19 on Australia's 1986 Kangaroo Tour
    • Member of Australia's successful 1988 World Cup Final Squad
    • Played in NSW's first State of Origin cleansweep in 1986
    • Scored two tries in his first Premiership match playing for Wests against Balmain in 1980 and his last Premiership match playing for Canterbury against North Queensland in 1996
    • Awarded keys to City of Canterbury, New South Wales in 1995 along with Peter Moore
    • Awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) for services to rugby league
    • Australian Sports Medal recipient, 24 October 2000
    • In February 2008, Lamb 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
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  2. haz123

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    Legend player and legend bloke. I have been lucky enough to play a few games of golf with him at our golf club and he is a top bloke.
     
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    Honestly I'm sick of hearing about how Garry Hughes was dropped!
    Truth is Garry Hughes was no name transmission fluid and Terry Lamb was Castrol GPX.
     
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    although i think Mortimer was overall a better player, Lamb was the greatest ever Bulldog... he wasn't necessarily the most talented or physically gifted player like some of his contemporaries (Kenny, Lewis) but he was a tough competitor, a great team player, would be and do whatever was necessary on the field to win and importantly, was a champion... he came into the Dogs of War team and won... he was there during the transition period when the Mortimers and Hughes were on the way out and the likes of Alchin, Hagan, Currie, Thomas etc. came in and won under Gus Gould... and he won when the 80's generation got cleaned out and a new generation under Chris Anderson emerged

    Lamb was emblematic as to why the 'Dogs were a great club (as opposed to simply being a club with a great team like the Eels from '81-86) --> players and coaches and philosophies came and went, rules changed, the comp expanded, and we continued to be a club to be reckoned with and winning

    somewhere along the line, we lost that
     
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    The days where it was a real sport played by men and not a bunch of soft poofs run by the betting agencies as it is today.
     
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    My first bulldogs jersey had number 6 on it for baa..
     
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    Bloody legend!!
     
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    The Bulldogs GOAT
     
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    My favourite bulldogs player of all time followed by Turvey Mortimer. Read the game so well and the way he led the club in 95 after the super league turmoil is one of the greatest wins the club had. Sad that he never coached first grade as at the tigers he had no support
     
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    Hes still a hero today
     
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    He would do whatever it took to help his team win. 1995 Grand Final, prime example. He sacrificed 10 mins in the bin to stop a certain try for Manly. Bloody legend!
     
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    Brings back great memories, ive said it a few times growing up there was a bunch of us Bulldogs kids playing footy in the front yard .half the time we wouldnt get to play a game because there would be fights over who was turvey or baaa all our clean dogs Jersey would be covered in blood then all the parents would be running out to bust it up. Also learnt getting tackled ontop of the water meter really fucking hurts
     
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    Wahesh The Forefather of The Kennel

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    LMAO. That explains why you're as tough as rusty nails.
     

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