Charles Cahill (rugby league)

Charles Cahill
Personal information
Full name Charles Lawrence Cahill
Nickname Chicka
Born 1916
Died 18 July 2007 (age 91)
Ashmore, Queensland
Playing information
Position Forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1936–40 Norths (Newcastle) 207
1941–47 Newtown 75 29 0 0 87
Source: Whiticker

Charles "Chicka" Cahill (1916–2007) was an Australian premiership-winning rugby league footballer. He played in the forwards for the Newtown club in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership from 1941 to 1947.

Playing career

Born in Wickham, New South Wales, Cahill's first senior football was played in the Newcastle Rugby League with the Northern Suburbs club.[1] He came to Sydney during WWII joining Newtown from the 1941 season. Cahill first enjoyed premiership success in the 1943 season with Newtown. His good form continued in the 1944 season, as he helped Newtown become minor premiers and runners-up.

In the 1945 season Cahill was the competition's top try-scorer. He also represented New South Wales in the 1940s and was probably denied international representative honours due to the war.

Coaching and Administrative career

He took up coaching with the Thirlmere club in the Wollongong competition from 1948 to 1950. He then coached Newtown from 1959 to 1961, later becoming an administrator at the club, holding the positions of selector, vice-president, secretary and president in the 1960s and '70s. He was awarded life membership of the NSWRFL in 1966 for his contribution to rugby league.

Cahill was voted as President of Newtown Jets in 1978, getting in by one vote when club millionaire backer, John Singleton, stated he would pull his support for the club if Chicka Cahill lost the vote.[2]

Cahill died on 14 July 2007 at Hillview House, an aged care facility at Ashmore, Queensland, age 91.[3]


  1. Cahill obit at Archived 23 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine..
  2. The Sydney Morning Herald: 13/12/1978 Article by Brian Curran
  3. Sydney Morning Herald: Death Notice 18 July 2007

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Preceded by
Dick Poole
Newtown Jets

Succeeded by
Allan Ellis
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