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What have the Canberra Raiders been up to over the years?

By PBO 5 August 2008 30

With all the Todd talk going on i was wondering what other events have occurred in the Raiders history. 

Can anyone enlighten me as to what they have been up to off the field? I ask this because there always seems to be sportspeople in the paper or on the news for non-sport occurrences. 

I just want to get a bit of history (Old players and new) of our local team’s antics off field.

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The Public Watchdog 7:58 am 10 Aug 08

I used to work at a bar a few years back and some of the Raiders would frequent it. However, the security staff would not stand for any nonsense. The likes of Brett Mullins and Jason Croker never made it through the front door. The door guy hated football, so he showed them no favours. Mullins tried to get wearing trakky daks and wanted to fight the door guy when refused. Lucky for Mullins he was dragged away. The door guy was a very handy boxer. Croker is just a horrible human being. He was even horrible when I saw him playing golf at Belco one day. Stone cold sober and still an arsehole.

Bradley Clyde was always pleasant. Ricky Stuart was good, but he grew up with us.

I have had a drink with Mal Meninga who was always very pleasant with people. I’m glad he got off that charge outside PJ’s in Tuggies as the idiot provoked him.

By far the best behaved Canberra Raider was Kenny Nagas. He used to come in with his own friends, no Canberra Raiders. I have never seen him drunk, abusive, rude or nasty to anyone. Kenny seemed fairly shy, but always had time for a chat.

He is welcome in my place anyday.

V8-Prius 3:04 pm 07 Aug 08

Panhead said :

Whats Big Mal’s story?

Beat the snot out of some prick outside PJ’s tuggers a few years back after being provoked. Like anyone with a public profile he got off. Ole Mal is pretty handy with his fists (just ask Jacko). Had a lot of practise as a kid where he got into blues on a daily basis according to his autobiography. The Meninga family has a dark side. Mal’s brother Bevan is serving a life sentence for a rape-murder on the Sunshine Coast.

Panhead 8:55 pm 06 Aug 08

Whats Big Mal’s story?

Tooks 2:49 pm 06 Aug 08

There were a couple of very high profile players who have been known to take a piss while standing at a bar (not on other people though), but that was years ago, so I won’t name them.

Then there was Mal Meninga’s incident at PJ O’Reilly’s a few years back.

Dumbest player I’ve ever met: Jason Croker. Damn good player though.

B_Man 12:03 pm 06 Aug 08

Jason Croker was busted stealing frozen chickens from the freezer in the back of the Telegraph Hotel in Gunning a few years back. Strange but true.

Growling Ferret 11:44 am 06 Aug 08

Could be true – I also believe that parents should not allow the kids to be off-field role models.

The only bloke in the 08 Raiders who should be a role model is Alan Tongue.

johnboy 11:40 am 06 Aug 08

I thought we were agreeing they don’t get paid enough?

Growling Ferret 11:28 am 06 Aug 08


The base level NRL player is on 45k a year for a 12 month almost full time job. Some are able to supplement their income labouring, others study. The overall average NRL player salary is around $100k – which for a career that is likely to last from age 17-25 before being chopped, isn’t a huge reward.

Yes,the top 5% are on much greater money than that, but you’ll find that they are also more intelligent and burdened with the responsibility of public engagements, being the face of their clubs, media work etc. I don’t begrudge anyone making money out of footy.

In comparision, a teacher/lawyer/medical worker etc can perform their art from the day they complete their degree to age 65 and beyond. And I have seen plenty of legal professionals return from a long liquid lunch at a fancy establishment/corporate box at the football looking very second hand…

But you don’t read about them in tomorrows Daily Tele…

Roadrage77 10:18 am 06 Aug 08

-Brett Mullins fled the scene of a car accident on at least 2 or 3 occasions. He was a real alco grub.

-Jason Croker was smashed over the head with a star-picket outside Lot33 in Kingston a few years back. In the same incident a gun was produced and at some point thrown on the roof. The rumour was that Croker and co had been in Sydney where they did the runner from a brothel without paying their bill, causing the pimps to chase them down. Predictably, the club’s version of events was that good samaritan Croker was merely breaking up a fight. Mmmmkay.

-My dad & I kitted out the raiders in steet gear in about ’87 out at Seiffert before a training session one day. After taking their measurements etc we did a stocktake and realised that there was a few hundred bucks worth of stuff missing. When we asked the trainer about it he encouraged us to go through the players bags. He suggested that we might want to start with Sam Backo & Steve Lidbury’s. He must have been psychic or something.

**Disclaimer: This is an entirely fictional account. Any resemblences to real people is imagined.

johnboy 10:13 am 06 Aug 08

They get paid pretty well even in lower grades in Rugby these days, better than the meager crowds warrant IMHO.

But the cat is out of the bag, there’s a huge pot of money and I’d rather see the players who get smashed up get the money than the contemptible fat old men who administrate the games.

And if we don’t pay them well there are other people elsewhere who will, so we better get used to it.

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