Herbert Henry "Dally" Messenger (12 April 1883 – 24 November 1959) was one of Australasia's first professional rugby footballers, recognised as one of the greatest ever players in either code. Messenger, or 'The Master' as he was dubbed, represented his country in two rugby union tests and seven rugby league tests. He played for New South Wales in the very first rugby match run by the newly-created 'New South Wales Rugby Football League' which had just split away from the established New South Wales Rugby Football Union.
Messenger had a stocky build, and while standing only about 172 cm (5 ft 7') in height, he was a powerful runner of the ball and solid defender. According to his peers the centre's greatest attributes were his unpredictability and astonishing physical co-ordination, coupled with a freakish ability to kick goals from almost any part of the ground. He was a teetotaller and non-smoker during his career and other than breakfast, Messenger would rarely eat before a match.
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... trophy, was presented initially in 1936 and depicted Messenger, along with three other pioneering greats of the code, namely Jean Galia (France), Albert Baskiville (New Zealand) and James Lomas (Britain) ... The Dally M ... at the Sydney Cricket Ground has also named after Messenger, in recognition of his many outstanding games of club and representative football ...
... With the NSWRL being able to sign Union crowd favourite Dally Messenger, Easts were handed his services due to rule stipulations regarding players playing for their local area ... would remain competitive throughout the entire season even without star player Dally Messenger at the beginning of the season due to representative commitments ... Dan Frawley, Lou Jones, Sandy Pearce, Larry O’Malley, Albert Rosenfeld, Dally Messenger, and captain Jersey Flegg and lost only one regular season match that year ...
... Wally Messenger (1891–1961) was an Australian international rugby league footballer of the 1910s ... He was the younger brother of league great Dally Messenger Messenger won premierships with Easts in NSWRFL season 1912 and NSWRFL season 1913 playing with his brother as captain ... season top points scorers 1908 Horrie Miller 1909 Arthur Conlin 1910 Dally Messenger 1911 Dally Messenger 1912 Dally Messenger 1913 Harold Horder 1914 Harold Horder ...
... Barney Dalton WG Mick Muggivan John Campbell CE Dave Garlick Dally Messenger (Ca./Co.) CE Tom Gleeson Eddie White WG Charlie Cubitt Herb Collins FE Les Cubitt Leslie Cody HB Fritz Thiering Larry O'Malley PR Sid ... Dally Messenger converted to take the lead 9-8 with only minutes to play, and consolidated the win with another penalty kick to win the game 11-8 for the Roosters and ... Glebe's form improved greatly but they could not compete with the immaculate kicking of Dally Messenger ...
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