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RIP Arthur Beetson

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    BREAKING NEWS: Police have confirmed league great Arthur Beetson has died of a heart attack.
     
  2. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Yeah, I just heard the same thing on the radio. RIP Artie. Sympathies to your family.
     
  3. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Very sad.

    My first rugby league hero.

    I remember Manly playing Parra at Brookie in 1979 or 1980 and Arthur Beetson and Terry Randall played reserve grade, both coming back from injury. It was the most people I have seen watch a regular season reserve grade match. Everybody held their breath when either made a tackle or a hit up.

    What a great man Arthur was.
     
  4. Clint

    Clint . Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    oh man. That's terrible news. Before my time so never really saw him play but his legend speaks for him. RIP Artie.
     
  5. MK Eagle

    MK Eagle Well-Known Member

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    This legend set the tone for all great ball playing fowards. Had the ability to play before - through & after the line. If he was playing today would be 1 of the elite in the game & most importantly has been a great ambassedor of the game - maybe could be considered when people talk about future immortals of rugby league.
     
  6. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He already is an immortal mate
     
  7. MK Eagle

    MK Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Damn - maybe he deserves 2 spots Bones, or maybe I need an uppercut or 10.
     
  8. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He was added in 2004.
     
  9. The Eagle

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    RiP he is in a better place
     
  10. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Artie will be sadly missed - Great player, great character and by all reports a top bloke too - he can be credited with starting SOO and the many fierces clashes that have followed.
     
  11. BOZO

    BOZO Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    R.I P, Artie,
     
  12. Blowfly

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    One of the greats! Gone but never forgotten. RIP Big Artie!
     
  13. TWO DOGS

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    He absolutely dominated games but he hated Manly.
     
  14. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    For a Queenslander he wasn't a bad bloke. He can claim credit for giving Origin some credibility when he clocked his then teammate Mick Cronin in the very first game. One of the true characters of the game and one of the best ever ball playing forwards. RIP.
     
  15. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He was impossible to get to the ground, if he didnt slip a pass, they could never get him to the ground.

    I doubt even the Storm would be able to bring him to his knees let alone roll him on his back.

    A man of honour and integrity, the likes of which is very rare.
     
  16. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    True legend of the game.
     
  17. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Heard a funny anecdote about Artie, but i can't remember who was telling the story now. Anyway it was after he retired and was playing a game of bush footy somewhere in Queensland, about 30kg overweight and no match fitness. He carves up the opposition in the first half, attracting defenders like flies and slipping balls away like it's going out of fashion......they just can't get him to ground. Half time comes and the oppositon are wondering how they are going to stop him. Their coach comes up with a master plan, we'll let him run !! Kick off second half, ball goes to Artie, they all hang off him and cover his support players, so Artie has to go the whole 90+ meters to score. That's all she wrote for the big fella.....wasn't seen again for the rest of the game. LOL.....not sure how much truth is in the story, but a good one none the less.
     
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  18. Joey

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    RIP Artie, was only a week ago I was @ Paradise Point and we saw the big man on his bike riding around and even then he had enough time to give a wave and say hello.
     
  19. MANLY4LIFE

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    RIP big fella one of the "opposition" i always respected always seemed like a humble bloke
     
  20. Earnie the Eagle

    Earnie the Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Artie Beetson was a real loveable larriken whose passion for the game and especially for Queensland stands out for me. He really showed what Origin was all about when he smashed his best mate Mick Cronin in the first game in 1980..a true legend now at peace.
     

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