The Top 10 Rugby League Grand Final Statistics

Keeping within the theme of grand final week, today we look at the more crucial NRL grand final statistics from the past 99 years.

Most first grade premierships:

1. South Sydney – 20
2. St George – 15
3. Eastern Suburbs (Sydney Roosters) – 12
4. Balmain – 11
5. Canterbury – 8

Most Premierships as Captain:

1. Ken Kearney, Jack Rayner – 5
2. Arthur Halloway, Alf Blair, Norm Provan, John Sattler, Steve Edge, Allan Langer – 4
3. Dally Messenger, Mal Meninga – 3

Most Premierships as Coach:

1. Arthur ‘Pony’ Halloway – 8
2. Jack Rayner – 5
3. Ken Kearney – 5
4. Jack Gibson – 5
5. Wayne Bennett – 5

Most Consecutive Premierships (compulsory grand finals since 1954):

1. St George – 11 (1956-66)
2. South Sydney – 3 (1953-55)
3. Parramatta – 3 (1981-83)

Most Grand Final Losses (compulsory grand finals since 1954):

1. Manly – 8
2. St George, Canterbury and Eastern Suburbs – 6
3. Balmain – 5
4. Western Suburbs and Parramatta – 4
5. Newtown and Cronulla – 3

Most Reserve Grade Premierships:

1. South Sydney – 20
2. Balmain – 16
3. Eastern Suburbs (Sydney Roosters) – 9
4. Manly and Canterbury – 8
5. Newtown, St George and Parramatta – 6

Most Grand Final – Referees:

1. Bill Harrigan – 10
2. Darcey Lawler – 7
3. Col Pearce – 6
4. Greg Hartley – 5
5. Gary Cook, Keith Page, Kevin Roberts, Michael Stone, Greg McCallum – 3

Biggest Crowds (per Stadium):

1. Telstra Stadium – 107,999 (1999)
2. Sydney Cricket Ground – 78,056 (1965)
3. Sydney Football Stadium – 42, 482 (1987)

Grand Finals for three different clubs:

1. Phil Sigsworth – Newtown (1981), Manly (1983), Canterbury (1986)
2. Glenn Lazarus – Canberra (1989-91), Brisbane (1992-93), Melbourne (1999)
3. Anthony Mundine – St George (1996), Brisbane (1997), St George-Illawarra (1999)
4. Kevin Campion – St George (1996), Brisbane (1997-98), NZ Warriors (2002)

Most Senior Premierships (All Grades – firsts, reserves and Jersey Flegg / Presidents Cup):

1. South Sydney – 50
2. Balmain – 41
3. St George and Eastern Suburbs – 35

*All statistics courtesy of Big league magazine