Vale Anthony "Tony" Heather Paskins

4 years ago

Sincere condolences go to the family and friends of the late Tony Paskins, Galloping Green of the 40s, who passed away 21 August 2019.

Thanks go to Men of League for the following.....

The Men of League Foundation is saddened to hear of the passing of Tony Paskins and offers its sincere condolences to Tony’s family and friends on his passing.


Tony played with Randwick Rugby Union Club from 1945 to 1948. On 8 September 1945 at North Sydney Oval, as a 16-year-old, he scored all of Randwick’s points in their 11-6 win over University in the reserve grade final, then the next week in the reserve grade grand final, he kicked a penalty goal in Randwick’s 17-3 loss to Eastern Suburbs.

He made his first-grade debut for Randwick at 17, at Coogee Oval on 18 May 1946 when Randwick beat Easts 20-6.

He and Randwick team-mate, Rupert Mudge joined Workington Town, England for the 1948/49 English season (played there until 1955) and they left Sydney together on 6 August 1948.

He and Rupert Mudge got married on the same day in Workington Town on 7 March 1949 and each was the other’s best man.Rupert married Yvonne and Tony married Catriona Marden from Upper Burragorang. Her grandfather, Dr. John Marden founded both PLC Pymble and PLC Croydon.

Tony is pictured centre of the image of the Rugby League - Challenge Cup - Final - Workington Town v Featherstone Rovers
(L-R) Workington Town line up before the match: Gus Risman, Johnny Lawrenson, Tony Paskins, Eppie Gibson, Bevan Wilson, Jackie Thomas (Photo by Barratts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Paskins was recruited from Sydney’s Randwick Rugby Union Club by English rugby league club Workington Town. Tony Paskins played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in Workington Town's 18-10 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1951–52 Challenge Cup Final during the 1951–52 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 19 April 1952, in front of a crowd of 72,093.[2] He was a representative of Other Nationalities against English national sides.

Tony Paskins played right-centre, i.e. number 3, and scored 3-conversions in Workington Town's 12-21 defeat by Barrow in the 1954–55 Challenge Cup Final during the 1954-55 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 30 April 1955, in front of a crowd of 66,513.

A goal kicking three-quarter back, Paskins returned to Australia, along with fellow Australian and Workington Town team mate Rupert Mudge in 1955. Paskins was named captain of Eastern Suburbs side, playing 54 matches for the club in the years (1955–58). After leaving Easts he enjoyed success with the local Oberon side in rural New South Wales. In 1961 he was named as the captain of the Country New South Wales rugby league team and the following year captained New South Wales against the touring Great Britain national rugby league team.

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