Albert Paul

Biography Paul's first year of competition in the senior league was in Belmont in 1947 and at age nineteen was a member of their premiership side that year. In 1948 he joined Sydney Club Newtown but was forced to return to Newcastle after suffering a broken jaw. Subsequent injuries restricted his playing until 1951 when he captain/coached for Lakes United, a position he held for three years.
Paul became known for constructive running from the rucks which soon caught the attention of selectors. In 1952 he was selected to tour Britain and France with the Kangaroos and was soon the teams top scoring forward. In all Paul represented Australia 29 times against teams from Great Britain, New Zealand, America including a stint as captain against France. After 1953 he spent five seasons out of the Region playing for Canterbury in 1956 and coaching country clubs. Paul returned to the Seagulls in 1959 and retired from senior football after the final that year. In 1969 he was appointed coach of Lakes United and immediately took them to a Grand Final.
Achievements

LAKES UNITED: 1947 Minor & Major Premiers. 1959 Club Champions

COUNTRY/STATE: 1947, 51 Newcastle
1953 Newcastle, Country Firsts, NSW

SYDNEY: 1948 Newtown (8 games-2tries). 1956 Canterbury (19 games-4tries)

TOURS: 1952, 53 Kangaroo Tour of Great Britian and France (21 games-9tries-4goals) Captain on 4 ocassions.

1953 Kangaroo Tour of NZ (5 games-1try-1goal) 

Total of 29 Matches for Australia

TESTS: 9/6/1952 Australia v New Zealand @ Sydney
28/6/1952 Australia v New Zealand @ Brisbane
2/7/1952 Australia v New Zealand @ Sydney
4/10/1952 Australia v Great Britian @ Leeds
information thanks to Newcastle Regional Museum Database

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