Eric Roy “Snug” Doig


BIRTH: 11 January 1897
Lithgow, NSW
DEATH: 27 June 1971 Wavell Heights, Queensland
DEATH: 27 June 1971
Wavell Heights, Queensland


RESIDENCE: Everton Rd Strathfield, NSW, 1925; Clarendon St Srathfield, NSW, 1930


  • Blue Bell RU (Lithgow) 1911
  • Gordons RU (Lithgow) 1912
  • Gordons RL (Lithgow) 1913
  • Blue Bell RL (Lithgow) 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919
  • Hartley District RL 1918
  • Marist Brothers Kogarah RL 1920
  • St George RL President’s Cup 1920
  • Wests RL First Grade 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926
  • Wests RL City Cup 1921, 1923, 1924, 1925
  • Metropolis RL 1922, 1923
  • Possible RL v Probables RL 1924
  • NSW RL v Queensland RL 1925
  • Nyngan RL 1930
  • Wests RL Selector 1923
  • Wests RL General Committee 1927
  • Eric Doig was presented with an Honour Cap at Wests Annual General Meeting in March 1927


Eric Doig was born in the industrial town of Lithgow NSW in 1897. He is the younger half brother of William John “Pummy”Mantle, (Wests #60). Peter Baker in his book, Side Stepping Shrapnel, notes that, “If Rugby Union players like Pummy (Mantle) could be called the corner stone of Rugby League’s 1914 base in Lithgow, then Eric was one of Lithgow League’s capstones. There is no better example of the progression of the game in a short space of time than to reflect on the life of Eric.”

Eric Doig showed signs of speed and good reflexes at an early age. He was slim, had a fair complexion with blond ruffled hair. He had a quiet nature which ran counter to his reputation as a hard tackler and tactician.

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