Honour Certificates

Bryan Joseph Rush Honour Certificate 1In 1935 the NSW Football League decided to give Honour Certificates to those people who had done much for the game in Sydney.

Our research indicates that this was possibly the only year that these certificates were presented.

The gesture probably went against the grain of the traditionalists who may have felt that life membership of the league was sufficient recognition of a persons’ s contribution to the game in NSW.

The criteria for the awarding the certificates were included: that the applicant shall have given not less than 10 years’ active service to affiliated first-grade clubs or have played in 10 or more representative games for the State.

At that time players with the Eastern Suburbs club occupied rather an unusual position as Jack Williamson, winner of the Provan (later the Phelan) Medal for 1935 had Bryan Rush smallplayed for the club for only four seasons and yet had represented on ten occasions.  Stan Milton, after who the Sydney FL Leading Goalkicking award is named, had, at that stage, played 276 games for Easts over a 17 year period and had otherwise been actively engaged in the sport.  He had represented on 29 occasions and during 1935, had kicked a total of 46 goals in nine matches, including eight in the final series.

We have however been given one such certificate which was present to Bryan Rush (pictured).  A former Collingwood player who came to Sydney on business and became involved in football.  He captained and coached the North Shore club in the early 1920s, represented NSW on a dozen occasions, captaining them several times.

He also coached NSW on a number of occasions in the early 1930s.

There is no record of these awards being presented in the league’s annual reports nor any further mention of their presentation after 1935.


1924 NSW State Team Hobart smallWe have a number of images in our repository, of which quite a considerable amount are displayed on our website.

Additionally we have pages of names which we have to add or fix up and while it is on the drawing board, we just haven’t had time to get round to it, but we will.

Recently we were sent a fantastic photograph by Sean Cowan in Western Australia.  It is of the 1924 NSW State team taken at North Hobart Oval, Tasmania during the All-States Carnival in August.

We have the names of the players in another studio photograph so can transpose those onto this pic., again, when time permits.

The captain of the team was A. Ellis.  Yes, thats all we have, A. Ellis.  We know he was from the Newtown club and that he captained that club in the same year, but that is it.  We have since found that his name was Bert, Albert.

Immediately behind Ellis is Byran Rush who was vice captain.  Bryan played with North Shore and formerly had two seasons with Collingwood before moving to Sydney.  He was 31 when this photograph was taken.

The side only won a single game from five in the carnival and that was against Queensland in the opening match.  They really were not competitive against the other states.

NSW played the VFL on three occasions that year and apart from the game in Hobart, their Sydney and Melbourne matches were reasonably close.  However this was probably on weekends where the VFL had other representative teams in different parts of the country playing representative games.