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The Tigers family is mourning the loss of former premiership winning forward Sid Ryan.
Ryan played 104 first grade games for Balmain Tigers between 1943 and 1951, winning first grade premierships with the Tigers in 1944 and 1947. In 1947 he formed a second row combination with the great Harry Bath, in what many people consider to be the greatest ever Balmain Tigers team.
Monday 9 May, 2011 Concord Oval-
Ryan was also a representative player and represented City against Country.
Following the conclusion of his playing career, Ryan embarked on a successful coaching career with both Balmain and St George, and he then had a lengthy appointment as a selector of representative teams including the City, New South Wales and Australian teams.
Sid Ryan was a life member of the Balmain Tigers football Club, a life member of the Balmain Leagues Club and a member of the Balmain Tigers Hall of Fame. He was a member of the first ever Board of Directors for the Balmain Leagues Club.
Balmain Tigers Chairman David Trodden said