Paul 'Chief' Harragon
|Biography||Mention 'The Chief' and any rugby league folower knows you are referring to Paul Harragon. Through the 1990's Harragon became the most readily identified player with the Newcastle Knights. At club representitive level he was a human flagship of the city, reflecting his outstanding image in his sport.
Harragon played as three-quarter in the 1987 premiership winning team with Lakes United before joining the Knights in thier foundation year, 1988, and moving into the forwrds. By the time a chronic knee injury forced his retirement in 1999 he had played 205 club games, including 169 in first grade, for the Knights.
He became Newcastle's captain in 1995, his proudest achievement being when he lead the side to a victory against Manly in the 1997 grand final.
In six matches for NSW Country Origin he was captain three times and he played a record 20 consecutive State of Origin games for NSW form 1992 to 1998. Harragon made his Test debut in 1992 and went on to play 17 internationals for Australia, including the 1994 Kangaroo tour of Great Britian and France and World Cup campaigns in 1992 and 1995.
He was the first Knights player chosen to captain Australia, ignoring a fractured cheek bone to laed the Kangaroos in a 1995 World Cup match against South Africa. During his career with the Knights he played 220 first grade and representative matches.
In 1997 he won the Ken Stephen Memorial Award for citizenship and services to the game and in 2000 he received an Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day Awards.
|Achievements||Played 205 club games including 169 in first grade for the Newcastle Knights
Newcastle captain 1995-99, leading Knights to victory in 1997 ARL grand final and semi-finals 1995, 1998
Played six games for Country Origin v City: 1992-1997
Captained Country 1995, 1997
NSW Country player of the Year 1993/5/7
Played NSW record 20 consecutive State of Origin games for the Blues
In debut year for NSW, named Coach Phil Gould's Player of the Series in 1992 State of Origin series win over Queensland
Man of the Match Game 2 of 1994 State of Origin series NSW 14 Qld 0 at MCG on June 8
Represented Australia in 17 Tests since debut in 1992, including Kangaroo Tour of Great Britain and France (1994) and World Cup Tours to England (1992,1995)
First Knights player to captain Australia. 1995 World cup record win versus South Africa
Man of the Match in Second and Third Tests Australia v New Zealand 1993
Man of the Match in one off Test Australia v Rest of the World at Lang Park 1997
Played 220 senior matches first grade and representative 1988-99
information thanks to Newcastle Regional Museum Database