The sporting and wider community is in mourning with the news that Kurri Kurri and St George great Eddie Lumsden has died aged 83.
A nine-time premiership players with the St George Dragons, Australian and NSW representative and wing in the Kurri Kurri team of the century, Lumsden passed away at 6am on Sunday.
A member of the NRL Hall of Fame, Lumsden lived in Maitland after his league career ended and was remembered by another generation as the popular publican at the Rutherford Hotel.
St George teammate and fellow Hunter great Johnny King said of him: ''He was the strongest winger I have ever seen. When Eddie got the ball within 20 yards of the tryline the rest of us would start walking back to halfway."
Lumsden's famed association with St George was his second try-out in Sydney. He played four games at Manly in 1955 and returned home to Kurri where he won a spot in the NSW Country Seconds side in 1956.
Lumsden signed with Saints and stayed a decade (1957-66), scoring 136 tries in 155 premiership matches.
He famously scored hat-tricks in the 1959 and 1961 grand finals.
On the representative front he played 15 games for Australia, 19 for NSW, was a member of the 1959-60 Australian tour and was named in the NSW Country team of the century.