|Born||25 December 1969|
Botany, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||166 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
Noel Goldthorpe (born 25 December 1969) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the halves in the 1990s. He played most of his career for the St George Dragons. Goldthorpe also played for the Western Suburbs Magpies, Hunter Mariners, Adelaide Rams and the North Queensland Cowboys, whom he captained.
Goldthorpe was born in Botany, New South Wales, Australia.
Goldthorpe made his debut on 1 July 1990, coming off the bench in a loss to Cronulla. It was his only appearance for the season. He made 5 appearances for the Magpies in 1991, 4 off the bench. His sole starting game for the club was in round when regular halfback Jason Taylor was dropped to the bench by coach Warren Ryan after a poor game.
Having led the Magpies reserve grade team to the semi-finals, Goldthorpe was hoping to re-sign with the team for 1992. He said, "I was shattered They said I could stay if I wanted but there'd be no money. They really didn't want me. I was driving home from Western Suburbs thinking 'what am I going to do?'" He approached St. George coach Brain Smith, and signed a one year contract. Goldthorpe then went on to play with St George for 5 seasons including 3 grand final losses in 1992, 1993 and 1996.
Goldthorpe is notable for breaking the deadlock with a field goal for New South Wales in what was the longest recorded game of rugby league: the final of the 1997 Super League Tri-series against Queensland. In an ironic twist, however, he lost his starting spot at his club due to the impressive debut of Brett Kimmorley who had played in his stead while he was on representative duty with New South Wales.
After leaving St George at the end of 1996, Goldthorpe joined the Hunter Mariners for their first and only season as a club. The team finished 6th in the Super League competition but were liquidated at the end of the year. Goldthorpe then joined the now defunct Adelaide Rams and played in their final ever match as a club which was a 34-20 loss against Newcastle. In 1999, Goldthorpe joined North Queensland and played two seasons for the club. Goldthorpe later became captain of the team. His final year in first grade ended with a wooden spoon as North Queensland finished last on the table.
- NRL Stats
- Noel Goldthorpe stats at rugbyleagueproject.org
- Daniel Williams (3 April 1991). "Raiders in more strife as Daley is ruled out". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 53.
- Paul Kent (12 September 1993). "Play for nothing". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 60.
- "Noel Goldthorpe says on-field punch left him depressed". www.news.com.au.
- Dale Mitchell. "Legend Q&A". Rugby League Week. Sydney, NSW: PBLMedia (2 April 2008): pgs 30–31.
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