John James “Jack” “Bluey” McConnell

Australia Military Forces


BIRTH: 27 March 1910
Redfern, NSW
DEATH: 7 November 1985 Arncliffe, NSW
DEATH: 7 November 1985
Arncliffe, NSW

OCCUPATION: Laborer, 1933

RESIDENCE: Marshall St Bankstown, NSW, 1933


  • Bankstown RL 1930
  • Canterbury Bankstown RL President’s Cup 1930
  • North Tamworth RL Player/Coach 1932
  • Wests RL 2nd Grade 1930, 1931, 1932
  • Wests RL First Grade 1933, 1934
  • Canterbury Bankstown RL 1935, 1936
  • Kogarah RSL RL Assistant Coach 1946


Jack McConnell was a Bankstown junior rugby league player and was selected in the 1930 Canterbury Bankstown President’s Cup team. The team had a decent pack which included future First Grade players Bill Howes Bill Porter and Bill Joass.

As Jack started to make a name for himself, the Rugby League News wrote the following article about him; “Baptised John James McConnell, ‘Bluey’ as he is often known to his pals, revelled in the game against Group 6, and delighted with his fast breaking and the manner in which he led many goal ward movements. His ‘goldie locks’ were bobbing up everywhere. Jack is a great club man, and is an inspiration to the forwards.”

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