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Fred Nelson was an Australian professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s and 1960s. He played for South Sydney and Manly-Warringah in the NSWRL competition.

Fred Nelson
Personal information
Full nameFred Nelson
Born(1934-07-11)11 July 1934
Mascot, New South Wales, Australia
Died11 June 2018(2018-06-11) (aged 83)
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1956–61 South Sydney 82 9 0 0 27
1962 Manly-Warringah 14 3 0 0 9
Total 96 12 0 0 36
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1959 New South Wales 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

Early lifeEdit

Nelson was born in Mascot, Sydney and played his junior rugby league with Mascot before signing with South Sydney in 1954. Nelson won the Presidents Cup premiership with Souths that same year.

Playing careerEdit

Nelson made his first grade debut for Souths in 1956. Nelson's time at South Sydney was at a difficult period in the club's history. After winning 5 premierships throughout the decade, Souths went through a period of finishing near the bottom of the table after most of their star players such as Clive Churchill had retired and moved on. In total, Nelson played over 100 games for the club including reserve grade and third grade. While playing for South Sydney, Nelson represented New South Wales making one appearance. In 1962, Nelson joined Manly-Warringah playing one season for the club before retiring.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

In 1967, Nelson coached the Arncliffe Scots who played in the local St George competition. Nelson then went on to coach the South Sydney reserve grade side and won a premiership with them in 1968.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Fred Nelson - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project".
  2. ^ "Vale: NRL in Memorium 2018". National Rugby League. 29 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Vale Fred Nelson". South Sydney Rabbitohs. 14 June 2018.
  4. ^ "South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League Player Report - Fred Nelson".