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Sydney Roosters

Full Name: Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club
Nicknames: Chooks, Easts, Tri-colours, Eastern Suburbs, Bondi Boys
Founded: 1908
Ground: Sydney Cricket Ground
Capacity: 48,000
City: Sydney
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The team from the Eastern Suburbs and Bondi region of Sydney have a long standing rivalry with the South Sydney Rabbitohs going back to 1908, the year both where formed.

Since then the Roosters have become one of the most successful team in Australia and after a lean spell in the 1990’s, the Roosters are back amongst the big boys of the NRL and constantly appear in the play offs and often reach the later stages.

On the field the Roosters are one of the leading side in the NRL but they are also one of the best run clubs off of the field which allows them to feature a great mix of brought in superstars and home grown youngsters.

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The Roosters are one of the most historic Rugby League clubs in the southern hemisphere and have remained amongst the top clubs in New South Wales for much of their history.

The club have won all that there is to win, both domestically and on the world stage and they have continually featured squads full of international superstars.

Location

Whilst known as Sydney Roosters, to help the club to appeal to fans across the city of Sydney where the club are located, the full name of the club is actually the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club and that gives you a hint as to where the club are based as it is in the eastern side of the city.

Traditionally, the club represent the regions of Waverley, Randwick, Woolahra, Paddington, Darlinghurst and Vaucluse and all parts east of the Sydney CDB (Central Business District).

Over the years, the boundaries have become blurred for clubs in Sydney, with all of the teams not just attracting fans from across the city but also from throughout the State of new South wales and increasingly across the world.

Stadium

The clubs traditional home ground was the Sydney Sports Park in Moore Park where the club played between 1911 until 1986 when they moved to the Sydney Football Ground in 1988 after a brief period sharing with the Newtown Jets.

The club left the ground in 2019 to play matches at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground until the clubs new and improved home stadium will be finished.

Nicknames

As you would expect from a club with such a long history and from a club that has 2 names, they also have a number of nicknames.

Amongst the most popular nicknames for the club are the Roosters, Easts, the Tricolours, the Chooks, Sydney City and the red, white and blues.

Rivals

As you would also expect from such a successful and historical club based in the heartland of Rugby in Australia, the club have a number of rivalries but there is one that stands out head and shoulders above the others and that the is rivalry with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The matches between the 2 are known as the Sydney Derby and they are always great occasions with a huge crowd, a fantastic atmosphere and with the quality both have out on the field, they are a must watch matches no matter if you support either side or not.

Other bigger rivalries for the club are with the Sydney based duo of the St George Illawarra Dragons, due to the long history between the Easters Suburbs and St George Dragons as well as with the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Over the years , other rivalries have developed with the likes of the Penrith Panthers, the Manly Sea Eagles, the Melbourne Storm, the Brisbane Broncos, and the Canberra Raiders due in part to big battles in big matches.

Colours / Playing Kit

The club are always easy to recognise when they take to the field thanks to their blue, red, and white colour scheme that features a predominantly blue (navy) shirt with a red/white chevron v on the front.

History

The club are known known as the Sydney Roosters but they have also gone by the name of the Sydney City Roosters and as the Eastern Suburbs, which is the name the team went by upon their establishment in January 1908, when the decision was made to enter a team representing the eastern parts of Sydney in the newly formed New South Wales Rugby Football League (NSWRFL).

It was a successful start for the Roosters, who won their first eve match up against the Newtown Jets and they also featured in the first ever Grand Final, although they lost that match to their arch rivals, the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

It did not take long for titles to make their way east however as the club won their first title in 1911 and then went on to become the first club to win 3 straight titles by winning in 1912 and 1913.

The club then went on a lean run with no title until the 1923 season but they did finish runners up in 1921.

In too until 1935 for their next league title and they once again complete a hat-trick of Grand Final victories before picking up another couple of trophies in the early 1940’s before the outbreak of war.

After the war, the clubs fortunes suffered, with the 1950’s seeing the club become a middle of the road side before dropping down to been perennial wooden spoon candidates in the 1960’s, something they managed in 1963, 1965 and 1966.

Things did start to improve in the 1970’s built upon a losing run t the final in 1972 before Minor-Premiership and Grand Final wins in 1974 and 1975.

The 1980s was another lean period, aside from 2 Minor-Premierships in 1980 and 1981 before the club took advantage of the Super League Wars to attract some high profile players, including Brad Fittler, which soon turned their form around.

During this period, in 1995, the club also changed their name from the Eastern Suburbs to the Sydney City Roosters in a bid to attract fans from across the city but by 2000, the club changed their name to simply the Sydney Roosters.

During his period at the club, the Roosters reached the Grand Final in 4 out of 5 years although they only won the 2002 final.

The 2010 proved to be one of the clubs most successful periods with Minor-Premierships in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018 and Grand Final ivories in 2013, 2018 and 2019.

The club have also won the World Club Challenge on a number of occasions with their first win coming in the 1976 edition when they defeated St Helens in what is often though of as the first ever World Club Challenge.

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