Souths Logan Magpies

Infobox_nrl_club | clubname = Souths Logan Magpies

fullname = Souths Logan Magpies
emblem = Magpie
colours = black, white, blue, gold, green
founded = 1921 (as Carltons), 1933 (as Souths), 2003 as Souths Logan
sport = Rugby league
league = Brisbane Rugby League, Queensland Wizard Cup
ground = Brandon Park, Acacia Ridge
capacity =
major sponsor = Cavilier Homes
ceo= Jim McLelland
captain = Brandon Costin
coach = Mark Gliddon
season = 2007
position = 10th out of 11
premierships = 1921, 1925, 1930, 1945, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1981, 1985, 2008
runners = 1928, 1942, 1947, 1963, 1979, 1980, 1996
minors = Nil
spoons = 1999, 2001
win = 48-2 v Ipswich Jets at North Ipswich Reserve, 1996
loss = 76-0 v Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park, 2003

The Souths Logan Magpies, more commonly referred to by their former name Souths or simply Magpies, are a rugby league football club based in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. They play in the Queensland Wizard Cup, and although technically are a newer club (having being formed in 2003), they have roots tracing back (as Souths Magpies) to as early as 1910, the second year of rugby league in Queensland.


The first rugby league club to represent the southern side of the Brisbane River was West End, who entered the Queensland Rugby League premiership in 1910. Playing in an all black strip, the club won the 1913 premiership against Natives 5-3 in a low scoring game, and were runners-up to Valleys the following year, going down by the tune of 18-8. With the formation of the Brisbane Rugby League in 1921, West End changed their name to Carltons for 1922. Carltons, wearing red and white jerseys, were a relatively successful club, winning the competition in 1921 (vs. Coorparoo 12-10), 1925 (vs. Coorparoo 24-5) and 1930 (vs. Valleys 19-8).

Following the introduction of District Football in 1933 by the Brisbane Rugby League, Carltons were forced to relinquish their identity and as a result became known as Southern Suburbs. Souths inherited a debt of 90 pounds, and also suffered an exodus of players, resulting in doubts over their ability to field a first grade team. However, newly-elected President Jack Adams started the club with regular meetings under his West End clothing factory, which also made the club's first jerseys free of charge.

During World War II, a lack of dyes for clothing forced the club to change jerseys, a problem that faced many clubs throughout Australia. Souths adopted the old West End jersey, and after the war chose to keep the design, and added a white V. (Southern Suburbs were known as the Lions up to the late-fifties, it was in the early sixties that they took on the Magpie logo) The war also saw them leave their spiritual home of Davies Park, which was first used in 1910, as it was used as housing for American servicemen in the city. Although they had an acute shortage of players, they continued to field teams, playing and training out of Musgrave Park in South Brisbane.

Souths made their first grand final in 1942, however went down to Brothers 20-11. In 1945 they broke their premiership drought in most emphatic fashion, becoming the first club to clean-sweep the BRL in first, reserve and third grades. They also won two junior premierships in that same year. This was followed with more premierships in 1949, 1951 and 1953. Bill Tyquin, a product of Souths district, was captain-coach of the 1949 team, and went on to become an outstanding administrator and President of the club, as well as a delegate to the Brisbane Rugby League. As a tribute, the Bill Tyquin Oval at Davies Park was named after him.

The early 1970s saw the club in the doldrums of the league, as well as facing severe fincial problems by the middle of the decade. However shrewd mangagement and hard work saw an on-field revival, led by coach Wayne Bennett, resulting in the club making the 1979 Grand Final, although they were beaten 26-0 by Valleys. Bob McCarthy took over as coach in 1980, and guided the Magpies to another Grand Final loss, this time against underdogs Norths 17-15. But all would be forgotten in the euphoria of winning the 1981 title by defeating Redcliffe in the grand final with a spectacular try on the last play of the match.

In 2002, it was widely speculated that Souths (again in deep financial trouble) would merge with the financially-stricken Logan Scorpions, who had recently won the wooden spoon in what was their final season in the Queensland Cup. However, the merger did not eventuate with Souths acquiring the Logan club, renaming themselves Souths-Logan.

For some 20-odd years (and still currently involved as CEO), the driving force behind the survival of the battling Magpies has been administrator Jim McClelland. Mr McClelland has never waivered in his love, support and work ethic for the Souths club, remaining at Davies Park when many others walked away in tough times. The club's survival can partially rest on his shoulders, and he is a credit to what rugby league is about.

Crest & Colours

The Magpie crest, now synonymous with Brisbane Southern Suburbs, as it is shared by both Souths rugby league and rugby union, was formally adopted in 1968, after having the Magpies nickname for decades. By the second half of 20th century, however, Souths played in a predominantly white strip with two black Vs - one thick and one thin. During the Carltons years, and up until the forced change to a black jersey, the club wore "cherry" and white - now synonymous with the Redcliffe Dolphins.

When Souths became Souths-Logan, they incorported the blue and gold of Logan into their jersey design between the two Vs on club jersey. The lime green of the Canberra Raiders was added in 2004 to recognize their involvement with the club.

Home Ground

Their home ground is traditionally Davies Park in Brisbane's West End, but played all their 2006 home games out of Brandon Park] , the junior club, located in Acacia Ridge. The Magpies moved back to Davies Park again in 2007.

Traditionally, the Magpies homeground is Davies Park, although they did spend a time at Musgrave Park during World War II. Following the take-over of Logan Scorpions in 2003 the club split its home games between Davies Park and Logan's Meakin Park in Slacks Creek, although they had moved full time to Davies Park by the end of the year. In 2004 all games were moved to Davies Park. In late 2005 the Magpies began moving matches to Brandon Park in Acacia Ridge, just opposite the Archerfield Airport, to be nearer Souths Juniors. In 2006 all games were played at Brandon Park. 2007 saw 6 of the 10 games back at Davies Park, with the remaining 4 at Brandon Park.

Players who have worn the Jerseys of South Brisbane 1918 to 1913, West End 1913 to 1926, Carlton 1926 to 1933, Souths 1933 onwards and represented their state totalled 80 of whom 33 Represented Australia. The First player was Herb Brackenberg in 1909 to represent Australia. Other Souths players to represent Australia were:H.Fewin 1920, Vic Anderson, 1909 John Grant Jim Murphy Wayne Bennett R Higgs Brad Tessmann John Grice R Nicholson 1909 Len Pegg Alan Hornery Frank Drake Alan Gil
Reg Kay Alan Thompson Henry Holloway Claude O'Donnell Greg Veivers,Captain( Greg's Father Jack)represented Queensland Mick Veivers,N Broadfoot Dave Brown Bill Tyquin ( Captain)Tom Tyquin Peter Jackson Harold 'Mick' Crocker Elton Rasmussen Lew Platz Gary Belcher Jason Smith Bob Lindner Mal Meninga Captain W Heidke 1908/9 Kangaroo tour.

Representative players

International Representatives

*flagicon|AUS Harold Crocker
*flagicon|AUS Peter Jackson
*flagicon|AUS Frank Drake
*flagicon|AUS Harry Fewin
*flagicon|AUS John Grant
*flagicon|AUS John Grice
*flagicon|AUS Alan Hornery
*flagicon|AUS Mal Meninga
*flagicon|AUS Jim Murphy
*flagicon|AUS Claud O'Donnell
*flagicon|AUS Len Pegg
*flagicon|AUS Brad Tessmann
*flagicon|AUS Alan Thompson
*flagicon|AUS Bill Tyquin
*flagicon|AUS Tom Tyquin
*flagicon|AUS Greg Veivers
*flagicon|AUS Mick Veivers
*flagicon|AUS Bob Lindner
*flagicon|AUS Gary Belcher

Queensland (state of origin)

* Bruce Astill
* Mitch Brennan
* Peter Jackson
* Bob Lindner
* Mal Meninga
* Chris Phelan
* Brad Tessmann
* Gary Belcher

Queensland (residents)

* Bob Blair
* Michael Davis
* Peter Deaves
* Craig Grauf
* Chris Hastings
* Tahi Reihana
* Ken Robertson
* Jace Van Dijk
* Brent Vincent
* justin james luafufu


* [ Souths Magpies] , retrieved December 19, 2005
*The Sun Book of Rugby League
*Rugby League Action '85


* 2003 - 11th
* 2004 - 11th
* 2005 - 10th
* 2006 -
* 2007 -

External links

* [ Souths Logan Magpies official website]

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