Date Inducted: 10 Dec 1989
Sport: Coach - Rugby League
Hall Of Fame

Frank Stanton - Coach - Rugby League


Frank Robert Stanton coached the Kangaroos from 1978 to 1982 and again in 1984. He led Australia to its first undefeated international tour in 1982.

Nicknamed 'Biscuits', Stanton played for Manly-Warringah from 1959 until 1970, Metropolitan in 1963, New South Wales in 1963 and 1965, and Australia in 1963 on the Kangaroo Tour.

After retiring from the playing field, Stanton coached the Manly-Warringah reserves from 1971 to 1973 winning the premiership in 1973, then took on the first grade team from 1975 until 1979 winning two premierships in 1976 and 1978.

Bruce 'Goldie' Walker, a member of the 1978 grand final team commented; "The feeling he (Frank) generated in that 1978 side was unbelievable. The guys were so together that there was no way we were going to lose. I remember after we beat West's in a final we ran off the field to show Cronulla - who were watching in the stands - that we were still feeling fit and ready to take them on."

Stanton then moved to Redcliffe in 1980, then to Balmain from 1981 until 1986 where they won the Panasonic Midweek Cup in 1985. From 1987 to 1989 he coached North Sydney and in 1978, 1979, 1982, and 1984 he coached the NSW State of Origin and the City teams.

Stanton was Chief Executive Officer of the Manly-Warringah Club from 1992 to 2000, the Cowboys in 2001 and was acting CEO of the Melbourne Storm in 2004. He is currently a Director of the Cowboys and the Melbourne Storm.

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