Vic Hey

Vic Hey

Infobox rugby league biography
playername = Vic Hey
fullname = Victor Hey
nickname = The Human Bullet

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Vic Hey (1912–1995) born Liverpool, New South Wales, was an Australian rugby league national and state representative five-eighth and later a successful first-grade and national coach. His Australian club playing career commenced with the Western Suburbs Magpies and concluded with the Parramatta Eels. In between he played for a number of clubs in the English first division. He is considered one of Australia's finest footballers of the 20th century [ [ Century's Top 100 Players] ]

Club career

Western Suburbs

After starring as a schoolboy and playing his junior football with Guildford in western Sydney, Vic Hey was graded with the Western Suburbs Magpies in 1933. In a spectacular rookie season he cemented a first grade club spot and made both his state and national representative debuts. In his second NSWRL season 1934, Hey was a member of Wests' premiership winning side. In September 2004 Hey was named at five-eighth in the Western Suburbs Magpies team of the century.


Moving to Queensland in 1936, Vic Hey briefly played a season for Toowoomba before moving to the UK.


At the end of the Australian 1936 season Hey left for Britain to play club football for Leeds, making his debut against Hunslet on 21 August 1937. He was paid a then record signing fee of £1,400. He appeared in the Championship final in 1938 when Leeds went down to Hunslet. Later success followed when he helped Leeds to successive Challenge Cup wins in 1941 and 1942.

Dewsbury & Hunslet

Hey was player/coach at Dewsbury from 1944-47, before playing nine times for Hunslet after his ship back to Australia was delayed.


Vic Hey signed for Parramatta in 1948 in that club's second season in the top grade. He was appointed as the club's captain-coach. He played two seasons 1948 and 1949 before retiring from first grade rugby league at age 37.

Representative career

New South Wales

After just 6 first grade appearances with Western Suburbs in 1933, Hey was called up to represent New South Wales. He made a total of 11 appearances for New South Wales between 1933 and 1935, scoring nine tries.


While living in Toowoomba and playing for Ipswich in 1936 Hey represented Queensland in all three matches of that year's interstate representative series.


In his debut 1933-34 season, Hey was a late selection for the Kangaroo tour replacing Ernie Norman who had failed a fitness test. On that tour he played in 23 tour matches and in all three Test matches of the Ashes series against England, partnering his Western Suburbs teammate Les Mead in the halves. On the tour he scored fourteen tries. In 1936, from Queensland he was again selected for all three Test matches of the domestic Ashes series against England.

Coaching career

Vic Hey coached Parramatta between 1948 and 1953. He went on to coach Canterbury in 1955 and 1956 and later Western Suburbs in 1958 and 1959. He was appointed coach of the Australia national rugby league teamin 1950 and coached his country to their first Ashes victory in thirty years. The following year the French national side defeated Australia in a three Test domestic series. Hey also coached Australia in the 1954 Ashes series which Australia again won. The following year his side lost again to the French and afterwards he decided to resign as the coach of Australia.


For his achievements in rugby league, Vic Hey was inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2004. [ [ Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame] ] .

In February 2008, Hey was named in the list of Australia's "100 Greatest Players" (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL tocelebrate the code's centenary year in Australia. [cite web|publisher="NRL & ARL"|title=Centenary of Rugby League - The Players



* Andrews, Malcolm (2006) "The ABC of Rugby League" Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney
* Whiticker, Alan & Collis, Ian (2006) "The History of Rugby League Clubs", New Holland, Sydney
* Whiticker, Alan & Hudson, Glen (2006) "The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players", Gavin Allen Publishing, Sydney

External links

* [ Vic Hey biography at Sport Australia Hall of Fame]
* [ Queensland Representatives at]

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