22 Facts About Sydney Roosters


Sydney Roosters are an Australian professional Rugby League Football Club based in the Eastern Suburbs and parts of inner Sydney.

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The Roosters have won fifteen New South Wales Rugby League and National Rugby League titles, and several other competitions.

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The Sydney Roosters have won 15 premierships, equal to the record of the St George Dragons.

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The Sydney Roosters are one of only two clubs to finish runners-up in their inaugural season.

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The ESDRLFC was formed, under its articles of association with the NSWRFL, to represent the geographic areas in Sydney Roosters covering the Waverley, Randwick, Woollahra, Paddington, Darlinghurst and Vaucluse local government municipalities, as well as the eastern parts of the Sydney Roosters CBD.

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From 1972 to 1982, the Sydney Roosters won four minor premierships and played in four grand finals, winning two consecutively.

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Between 1984 and 1995, the Sydney Roosters reached the semi-finals once, and became known to critics as the "transit lounge", due to the high frequency of player purchases and releases.

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In 2007, the Sydney Roosters became the first club to play 100 seasons of first grade rugby league; having been the only outfit to play in each season since the competition's inception in 1908.

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Brian Smith resigned from the coaching role shortly after the Sydney Roosters' season concluded with a loss to the Minor Premiers Canterbury, and at season's end captain Braith Anasta left to join the Wests Tigers in 2013.

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The Sydney Roosters again made the Preliminary Final with Brisbane this time being the opponents.

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Sydney Roosters finished 2nd at the end of the 2017 season and defeated Brisbane in week one of the finals earning the week off.

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In 2018, the Sydney Roosters finished in first place during the regular season, claiming their 20th Minor Premiership.

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Midway through the 2019 NRL season, Sydney Roosters suffered a drop in form during the 2019 State of Origin series period before recovering by winning 7 of their last 8 matches of the season to finish 2nd behind minor premiers Melbourne.

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Sydney Roosters finished the season in 4th place and qualified for the finals.

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Between rounds 7 to 17, the Sydney Roosters only won three matches and were sitting 11th on the table before an eight-game winning run saw them finish 6th on the table and qualify for the finals.

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In 2019 the Sydney Roosters home became the Sydney Cricket Ground whilst the replacement Sydney Football Stadium is built.

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In 2021, the Sydney Roosters had over 16,853 paying members, in addition to the 46,486 members of the Easts Leagues Club, which is the major benefactor of the football club.

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Sydney Roosters is the first fullback in 70 years to win the Grand Final, while captaining the club.

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In 1975, the Eastern Suburbs Sydney Roosters set a record 19-match winning streak on their way to their 11th premiership.

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In 2000, the Sydney Roosters named their "Team of the Century", which included players from 1908 to 2000.

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In 2007, the Sydney Roosters announced "The Centurions", a team consisting of those regarded as the greatest players to have played 100 or more games for the club between 1908 and 2007.

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On 27 March 2018, the Sydney Roosters applied for, and won, a license to participate in the inaugural 2018 NRL Women's season.

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