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The Sydney Roosters are one of the most historic and prestigious professional Rugby League clubs in Australia and alongside their arch rivals South Sydney, they are one of just 2 formation clubs to still play in the top tier.
Originally known as the Eastern Suburbs, the club have won all that there is to win, which has helped there red, white, and blue playing strip become iconic.
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The club have played at the Sydney Cricket Ground for big parts of their existence and the have also spent many years at the old Sydney Football Stadium.
The club will once again play at the new Sydney Football Stadium, known as the Allianz Stadium due to sponsorship reasons.
The ground is capable of hosting around 45,000 when full and is located in the Moor Park suburb of Sydney.
The club were traditionally known as the Eastern Suburbs and as you would expect they originated in the suburbs to the east of Sydney.
Amongst the largest areas in that region are Kingsford, Alexandria, Rosebery, Kensington, Chifley, Mascot, Eastlakes, Matraville, Pagewood, Hillsdale, Daceyville, Hillsdale, Eastgarden, Botany and la Perouse.
Nowadays, the club play out of Moore Park, which is around 2 miles southeast of the Sydney CBD but they still represent the likes of Waverley, Randwick, Woollahra, Paddington, Darlinghurst and Vaucluse- although in the modern era they have large fanbases throughout the city and across Australia.
Sydney go by the nickname of the Chooks due to their Roosters nickname and the Tricolours due to their playing strip but no matter what you know the club as, the Roosters are one of the most iconic clubs in the NRL.
That is in part down to the success of club that has seen it win multiple Premiership titles, many Minor Premierships, a few World Club Challengers, a NRL Nines and even the World Sevens event.
The Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club (ESDRLFC) was formed way back in January 1908 and it was decided that a new team should be entered into the newly formed New South Wales Rugby Football League competition.
The club won its first ever match against Newton at the Wentworth Oval in April 1908 and that was a sign of things to come.
In 1911 it won its first ever Premiership title and in 1913, it became the first ever club to win 3 straight titles with a team featuring such great as Dally Messenger.
Unfortunately that was it for some time as the club struggled for the next decade before winning a Minor Premiership and Premiership title in 1923.
The next title winning season wouldn’t come until 1935, but they would go on to win the next 2 titles after that as well as the 1940 and 1947 league titles.
In that 1935 title winning season, the club would record their record ever score when they defeated Canterbury 8 points to 7 in a match that would have seen a score of 106-8 using the current scoring system.
In 1936 and 1937, the club would go both seaosn undefeated to become the only club to achieve that feat, which is a record that still remains to this very day and will likely never be beaten.
Things haven’t always been successful for the Eastern Suburbs / Sydney Roosters as they have also ‘won’ a number of wooden spoons including the 1949, 63, 65, 66 and 2009 seasons.
Those 1960’s losing seasons saw a run of 8 wins from 72 matches between 1963-66 but they started to improve from the 1967 seaosn after appointing Jack Gibson and, coincidently, when they first introduced a Roosters emblem to their playing kits.
The club longest ever run without a title saw them go from then until 1974, although they did win the Minor Premiership in 1972 and they would go onto win another championship the very next season.
During the Super League wars, the club would take advantage of the flux in the sport to pick up stars from other teams including the likes of Phil Gould and Brad Fitler from Penrith and that help to send the club to the top rungs of the ladder once again which included 4 Grand Final in 5 years in the mid 1990’s.
Another long wait would see the club go until the 2002 seaosn before winning another Grand Final, although they had been runners up in the year 2000.
The club would continue to go close over the next decade including a Minor Premiership in 2004 and losing Grand Finals in 2003, 2004 and 2010.
The next Premiership title came in 2013 and they would go onto to win the Minor Premiership in 2013,14,15 and 18 with Grand Final wins in 2013, 18 and 19.
The club would enjoy success at the NRL Nines in 2017 and they would also enjoy international success in the World Club Challenge in 1976 (unofficial trial of the concept between the NSWRFL winners and the NRFLs winners where Eastern Suburbs thrashed Saints at the SCG) , 2003 (where the Roosters thrashed Saints once again in Bolton), 2014 (where the Roosters defeated Wigan in Sydney), 2019 (were they defeated Wigan in Wigan) and 2020 (where they defeated St Helens in St Helens).
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