Monty Porter passes away

Monty Porter, winner of six grand finals with St George, has passed away in the early hours of this morning, aged 76. Porter was also Cronulla's first ever club captain in 1967.

The prop and second row forward was an integral part of St George during the club's 11 premiership reign. Originally from Tamworth, Porter also played for Southern Division club, Thirroul. He played four matches with Wests in 1955 before finding a home with St George in 1957, cementing a spot in first grade in 1958.

Playing in one of the best packs in the world, Porter played in six grand final wins between 1958-1965 and was unlucky not to play for Australia. He was selected for NSW in 1960.

After departing St George, Porter went on to captain Cronulla-Sutherland in the Sharks' inaugural season of 1967. Porter retired at the end of 1967 and became Sharks club secretary.

In 1983, he became one of the original members of the nine man NSWRL board of Directors.

Porter had been battling Parkinson's disease for some years.

MONTY PORTER FIRST GRADE FACT FILE

1955 Western Suburbs Magpies: 4 appearances (0 points)
1958-65 St George Dragons: 119 appearances (13 tries, 39 points)
1967 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: 22 appearances (3 tries, 9 points)
Representative:
1960 New South Wales Blues: 1 appearance

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