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Keith Holman

Year inducted: 2018

True Blue number: 427

Born: September 11, 1925, Ballarat, Victoria

Clubs: Western Suburbs Magpies

Position: Halfback

Premiership career: (1949-61) 203 games, 70 tries, 84 goals

First Grade debut: Western Suburbs Magpies vs Eastern Suburbs Roosters at Pratten Park, Ashfield on 26 June, 1948

Representative honours: Australia 35 Tests (1950-58); NSW 25 Interstate matches (1950-8)

Other honours: NRL Hall of Fame 2008, NSWRL Player of the Year 1952, 1957, 1959

Keith “Yappy” Holman had a rough start to life and received a few knockbacks before he was finally graded, yet he went on to have a marvellous playing career that he later added to as a referee, coach and administrator. The diminutive halfback was as tough as any player of his era, and had a copybook defensive technique that bruised more than just reputations.

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