John Bailey (rugby league)

John Bailey (born 1954) is an Australian former rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s.

John Bailey
Personal information
Full nameJohn Bailey
Playing information
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight12 st (168 lb; 76 kg).
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1975–77 St George 38 4 0 0 12
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1988–90 Western Suburbs 51 15 2 34 29
Source: [1]

Playing careerEdit

Bailey came to St George Dragons from Inverell, New South Wales, in 1973 and made first grade in 1975.

He was a member of the St. George team that won the Under 23s grand final in 1974 and made it into first grade the following year. He played in the devastating 1975 Grand Final loss to Eastern Suburbs but returned in 1977 to play in the 1977 Grand Final victory over Parramatta Eels, scoring a penalty try in the last minutes of the match.

Coaching careerEdit

He retired after the grand final and went on to coach Western Suburbs between 1988-1990 after having coached the lower grades at the St. George Dragons. Bailey's time as Western Suburbs coach was not a successful one and the club finished last in 1988. Bailey's final 2 seasons at the club saw Wests finish 14th and 13th on the table.[2]


  1. ^ "John Bailey - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project".
  2. ^ Alan Whiticker/Glen Hudson: Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, 1995. ISBN 1875169571