Rugby League Wooden Spooners

The 'awarding' of the Rugby League 'wooden spoon' goes to the last place team in NRL.

The wooden spoon was originally associated with the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge, and was a kind of booby prize awarded by the students to the person who achieved the lowest exam marks. The custom dates back at least to the early 19th century.

Team   Spoons Years

Current NRL Team

Western Suburbs Magpies
(Est. 1908)
17 1909-10 (2), 1912-13 (2), 1916, 1933, 1940, 1942, 1953, 1955, 1971, 1983-84 (2), 1987-88 (2), 1998-99 (2)
Parramatta Eels
(Est. 1947)
13 1947, 1952, 1956-61 (6), 1970, 1972, 2012, 2013
University Students
(Est.1920)
10 1921, 1923, 1927, 1929-31 (3), 1934-37 (4)
North Sydney Bears
(Est. 1908)
9 1915, 1917, 1919, 1932, 1941, 1948, 1950-51 (2), 1979
Newtown Jets
(Est. 1908)
8 1924-25 (2), 1928, 1939, 1968, 1976-78 (3)
South Sydney Rabbitohs
(Est. 1908)
8 1945-46 (2), 1962, 1975, 1990, 2003-04 (2), 2006
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
(Est. 1935)
5 1943-44 (2), 1964, 2002*, 2008
Sydney Roosters
(Est. 1908)
5 1949, 1963, 1965-66 (2), 2009
Penrith Panthers
(Est. 1967)
4 1973, 1980, 2001, 2007
Balmain Tigers
(Est. 1908)
4 1911, 1974, 1981, 1994
Annandale Dales
(Est.1910)
3 1914, 1918, 1920
Gold Coast Seagulls
(Est.1990)
3 1991-93 (3)
Illawarra Steelers
(Est. 1982)
3 1985-86 (2), 1989
North Queensland Cowboys
(Est. 1995)
3 1995, 1997 (SL), 2000
St George Dragons
(Est. 1921)
3 1922, 1926, 1938
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
(Est. 1967)
3 1967, 1969, 2014
Newcastle Knights
(Est. 1988)
3 2005, 2015-16 (2)
South Queensland Crushers
(Est.1995)
2 1996-97 (2)
Gold Coast Titans
(Est. 2007)
1 2011
Melbourne Storm
(Est. 1998)
1** 2010
Canberra Raiders
(Est. 1982)
1 1982
Cumberland Fruitpickers
(Est. 1908)
1 1908
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
(Est. 1947)
0  
Brisbane Broncos
(Est. 1988)
0  
New Zealand Warriors
(Est. 1995)
0  
Wests Tigers
(Est.2000)
0  
St George-Illawarra Dragons
(Est. 1999)
0  
  • * Bulldogs lost 37 competition points & fined $500K in Round 23, 2002 due to salary cap breach.

  • **Melbourne Storm have lost all competition points for the 2010 seasnon in Round 7, 2010 due to salary cap breaches of the previous 5 years.

  • Four clubs have gone through a season without a win: Annandale (1918 and 1920), University (1921, 1935 and 1937), South Sydney (1946), and Eastern Suburbs (1966).

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