Cherbourg Magpies Rugby League Team 1935

In 1935, Frank Fisher (back row in dark pants) played rugby league for Wide Bay against the England touring team. The English captain described Fisher as ‘the best country footballer I had played against’.


“He used to tell us that we weren’t playing for ourselves but for Cherbourg.”

— Livingston Chambers, about Frank Fisher, captain, Cherbourg Rugby League Team, 1930s


Arthur Stanley snr, Dudley Collins, Stanley, Frank Fisher (captain), unknown, Jack O’Chin, Livingstone Chambers, unknown, Jim Edwards snr (standing),

Jack Champ Malone (kneeling),

Harry Costello, Arthur Purcell, Norman Clark, Jerry Martin (small boy with ball), unknown and Stanley Alberts (sitting).


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