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The North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys (Also known as the North Queensland Toyota
Toyota
Cowboys for sponsorship reasons) are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in Townsville, the largest city in North Queensland. They compete in Australasia's premier rugby league competition, the National Rugby League
National Rugby League
(NRL) premiership. Since their foundation in 1995, the club has appeared in three grand finals (2005, 2015 and 2017) winning in 2015, and has reached the finals ten times. The team's management headquarters and home ground, the Willows Sports Complex, currently known as 1300SMILES Stadium due to sponsorship rights, are located in the Townsville
Townsville
suburb of Kirwan. The Cowboys were admitted to the premiership for the 1995 ARL season. They played in the breakaway Super League competition in 1997 before continuing to compete in the re-unified National Rugby League competition the following year. After running into financial trouble in 2001, the club was taken over by News Limited. In 2007, the team was sold by News Limited
News Limited
to the Cowboys League Club. In 2015, the Cowboys played in the first all- Queensland
Queensland
grand final, defeating the Brisbane Broncos
Brisbane Broncos
17-16 in golden point to win their first premiership.

Contents

1 History

1.1 1995, 1996: Origins 1.2 1997: Super League 1.3 1998, 1999: National Rugby League 1.4 2000–2003: Improved results 1.5 2004: First time finalists 1.6 2005: Grand finalists 1.7 2006–2007: Further improvement 1.8 2008–2010: Struggling seasons 1.9 2011–2013: Return to the Finals 1.10 2014-2017: A new era and the club's first premiership

2 Season summaries 3 Players

3.1 2018 NRL Squad 3.2 Notable players

3.2.1 10th anniversary team 3.2.2 20th anniversary team 3.2.3 Cowboys Hall of Fame

4 Coaches 5 Honours 6 Statistics and records 7 Stadium 8 Emblems and colours 9 Sponsors 10 Supporters

10.1 Average regular season attendance 10.2 Notable supporters

11 Feeder clubs 12 Rivalries

12.1 Brisbane Broncos 12.2 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

13 Corporate 14 References 15 External links

History[edit] Further information: North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys History 1995, 1996: Origins[edit] See also: North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season 1995 and North Queensland Cowboys season 1996 With the success of the Broncos in 1988, speculation intensified as to if the NSWRL would admit a new team based in North Queensland. In 1993, the NSWRL announced that North Queensland
Queensland
would enter the competition in 1995, along with three other new sides. One of the major difficulties that faced the club in their early years was attracting followers from the more established Queensland-based Winfield Cup
Winfield Cup
side, the Brisbane Broncos.[citation needed] This was exacerbated by an initial lack of onfield success and stability. In their first two seasons, the Cowboys had eight different captains and finished last in their inaugural season. 1997: Super League[edit] See also: North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 1997 After much court action in 1995 and 1996, a ten team Super League competition was held in 1997. The Cowboys competed in this competition, and their squad was bolstered by a number of new signings including Ian Roberts and Steve Walters. However, they were unable to improve on the club's results in previous years, and for the second time in three seasons they were to finish the season in last place. The Cowboys first game of the Super League season, a 24–16 win over new team the Adelaide Rams
Adelaide Rams
played on 1 March at Stockland Stadium in front of 17,738 fans was also the first ever game of the Super League's competition. 1998, 1999: National Rugby League[edit] See also: North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season 1998 and North Queensland Cowboys season 1999 In 1998 the Super League and Australian Rugby League
Australian Rugby League
competitions merged to form the National Rugby League
National Rugby League
(NRL). The Cowboys began their first season in this competition strongly, and after six rounds they were in equal first place. Although they fell away later in the season, they were to record the largest come-back to date in an Australian first grade rugby league match, defeating the Penrith Panthers 36–28 after trailing 26–0 at half-time. 1998 also saw the Cowboys record their largest loss to date, being defeated 62–0 by the North Sydney Bears
North Sydney Bears
in the last round of the home and away season. The Cowboys signed their eleventh captain in 1999, Noel Goldthorpe. Paul Bowman was also to serve in that role during the season. Although their on-field performances were not spectacular, continuing high attendance figures saw aggregate attendances exceed one million spectators. This season the Cowboys also provided their first State of Origin representative when Paul Green was selected as Queensland's halfback for game 2 of the 1999 State of Origin series. 2000–2003: Improved results[edit] See also: North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season 2000, North Queensland Cowboys season 2001, North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season 2002, and North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season 2003 In the years 2000 through to 2002 the Cowboys continued to struggle with off-field dramas and poor on-field performances. After finishing last in 2000, season 2001 began slowly, Tim Sheens]] resigned on the 25th of May and was replaced by his then assistant Murray Hurst. 4 straight losses in the opening rounds of 2002 led to Hurst being replaced early in the 2002 season, by former Illawarra Steelers
Illawarra Steelers
and Leeds Rhinos
Leeds Rhinos
coachGraham Murray. Murray stamped his authority and coaching prowess on the club and the NQ Cowboys looked far more competitive towards the end of the 2002 season. The Cowboys spent much of the 2003 season in the top eight with much improved performances from a host of players, including local talents Matt Bowen
Matt Bowen
and Josh Hannay. The 2003 season ended with the Cowboys four points adrift of a top eight play-off position. 2004: First time finalists[edit] See also: North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season 2004 After a slow start to the season that saw them at 13th on the ladder with just one win and five losses, the Cowboys turned it around in the second half of the season to finish with 12 wins and 11 loses and 7th spot, giving the club their first ever top eight appearance. The Cowboys fairytale year continued when they upset the 2nd place Bulldogs away from home in the first week of the finals, 30–22, thanks largely to hat-trick hero Matt Sing. The following week the Cowboys defeated their state rivals the Brisbane Broncos
Brisbane Broncos
at home, 10–0, in perhaps the club's most famous victory. They ended up falling one game short of the grand final, losing to the Sydney Roosters, 19–16. 2005: Grand finalists[edit] See also: North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season 2005 The Cowboys would go one better in 2005, when they reached their first grand final in club history. With the help of new recruits Carl Webb and Johnathan Thurston, the side finished in 5th spot and with back-to-back finals appearances. They would ultimately lose the grand final to the Wests Tigers. In his first year with the club, Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
won the Dally M Medal and made his State of Origin debut for Queensland. 2006–2007: Further improvement[edit] See also: North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season 2006 and North Queensland Cowboys season 2007 In 2006, the Cowboys started the year with a 6-game winning streak and looked destined for another finals appearance, before ending the season with just 5 wins from 19 games and finishing in 9th position. The 2007 season saw the Cowboys 3rd finals appearance and their first top 4 finish. They faced the Bulldogs in Townsville
Townsville
in week 1 of the finals, scraping home by 2 points. The following week, they defeated the Warriors at home by 37 points. They fell one game short of the grand final again, this time losing to Manly, 28–6. 2007 saw the retirement of club legend Paul Bowman, who took up a coaching role with the team in 2008. Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
finished the year with his second Dally M Medal and Matt Bowen
Matt Bowen
was named Dally M Fullback of the Year. 2008–2010: Struggling seasons[edit] See also: North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season 2008, North Queensland Cowboys season 2009, and 2010 North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season

Former Cowboys' lock Luke O'Donnell

At the start of the 2008 season, the club announced head coach Graham Murray's contract would not be renewed. After only winning three of the first ten games, Murray resigned from his job and the club promoted assistant coach Ian Millward
Ian Millward
to the head coaching role for the rest of the year. During his stint as head coach, the club could only win two more games. Throughout the season the team were decimated by injuries and suspensions as well as off-field issues. In the end, the Cowboys finished 15th on the ladder avoiding the wooden spoon by for and against. 2009 saw the appointment of Neil Henry
Neil Henry
as head coach, who had won the Dally M Coach of the Year with the Canberra Raiders
Canberra Raiders
the previous year. The club however experienced another disappointing season, finishing 12th with 11 wins and 13 losses. 2009 also saw Matthew Bowen
Matthew Bowen
score his 100th try, becoming the first Cowboy to score 100 tries for the club and the debut of future Australian and New South Wales representative forward James Tamou. The beginning out the 2010 season was marred with the speculation of whether Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
would renew his contract with the club. Thurston ended up re-signing for another three seasons, however it brought very little success. The club finished 15th and would have received the wooden spoon if not for the Melbourne Storm
Melbourne Storm
salary cap scandal. 2010 saw the emergence of Scott Bolton and seeing the test debut of Matthew Scott. Jason Taumalolo
Jason Taumalolo
became the Cowboys youngest ever debutant, making his debut against the Canterbury Bulldogs
Canterbury Bulldogs
in round 24 aged 17 years and 82 days. 2011–2013: Return to the Finals[edit] See also: 2011 North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season, 2012 North Queensland Cowboys season, and 2013 North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season After missing the finals for the last 3 seasons the Cowboys underwent a major overhaul of personnel for the 2011 season. Club legend Ty Williams retired and they parted ways with club favourites Luke O'Donnell, Carl Webb
Carl Webb
and Steve Southern. Their biggest signing for the 2011 season was Queensland
Queensland
and Australian representative centre Brent Tate. They also made key recruits in the signings of former Melbourne Storm and Queensland
Queensland
State of Origin representative Dallas Johnson
Dallas Johnson
and premiership winner Glenn Hall from the English Super League, re-signing a former Cowboy in Gavin Cooper
Gavin Cooper
and picking up younger, experienced first graders such as Antonio Winterstein. The Cowboys' new signings had a positive impact on the NRL team, with the Cowboys spending much of the year in the top four before a late slide dropped them to seventh position and giving them their first finals appearance since 2007. That year, they were the most watched NRL club on pay television, and their round four clash with the Parramatta Eels
Parramatta Eels
was the fourth most watched sports event in Fox Sport's history.[1] 2012 saw the Cowboys return to the finals after finishing in 5th spot. They faced the Broncos in the first week of the finals, winning 33–16, with halfback Michael Morgan scoring a hat trick. They lost the following week to Manly, in controversial circumstances. Club legend Aaron Payne retired at the end of the season, after 10 years with the team. The Cowboys again made the finals in 2013, the first time the club had made the finals series three straight years, when they finished in 8th place. After a poor start to the season, the side went on a 6-game winning streak following the sacking of coach Neil Henry. They were eliminated in Week 1 of the finals, after a controversial loss to the Cronulla Sharks. Club legend Matthew Bowen
Matthew Bowen
played his last season in the NRL, announcing he would be taking up an offer with Super League side, the Wigan Warriors. Club stalwarts Ashley Graham and Dallas Johnson also announced their retirements. On 1 October 2013, former Cowboys halfback Paul Green was announced as head coach for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, becoming the first former Cowboys player to coach the club. 2014-2017: A new era and the club's first premiership[edit] See also: 2014 North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season, 2015 North Queensland Cowboys season, and 2016 North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys season The Cowboys started their 2014 season by winning the inaugural NRL Auckland
Auckland
Nines tournament which was held at Eden Park
Eden Park
in Auckland. After losing key signing Lachlan Coote
Lachlan Coote
early in the tournament to injury, the Cowboys went on to face the Brisbane Broncos
Brisbane Broncos
in the final, defeating them 16–7 to claim the trophy and a prize money cheque of $370,000. After a difficult start to the season and a string of injuries to key players including internationals, the Cowboys made a late charge to the finals finishing in fifth place and cementing a spot in the finals where they defeated the Brisbane Broncos, 32–20. They then travelled to Sydney to face the 2013 premiers the Sydney Roosters
Sydney Roosters
in the second week of the finals where they were defeated 31–30. In 2015, the Cowboys experienced their best ever regular season. They had a club record 11 game winning streak and finished with a club record 17 wins. In September, Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
won a record fourth Dally M Medal at the Dally M Awards. On 26 September 2015, the Cowboys qualified for their second grand final defeating the Melbourne Storm, 32–12. In the Grand Final, they defeated the Brisbane Broncos, 17-16. Thurston, who won the Clive Churchill Medal, kicked the winning field goal in golden point to win the Cowboys' their first ever premiership. On 21 February 2016, the club won their first World Club Challenge
World Club Challenge
and were crowned the world's best club, defeating the Leeds Rhinos
Leeds Rhinos
38-4 at Headingley Rugby Stadium
Headingley Rugby Stadium
in Leeds, England. The club could not defend it's premiership, finishing the 2016 NRL season in 4th place and falling one game short of the Grand Final, being eliminated by the Cronulla Sharks
Cronulla Sharks
32-20 at Allianz Stadium. In 2017, despite losing co-captains Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
and Matthew Scott to season-ending injuries, the club qualified for their third Grand Final. Although they were just the second side to reach the Grand Final from 8th place, they would lose to the Melbourne Storm, who finished the regular season as minor premiers. Season summaries[edit]

P=Premiers, R=Runners-Up, M=Minor Premierships, F=Finals Appearance, W=Wooden Spoons (brackets represent finals games)

Competition Games Played Games Won Games Drawn Games Lost Ladder Position P R M F W Coach Captain(s) Details

1995 ARL season

22 2 0 20 20 / 20

Grant Bell

Laurie Spina

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 1995

1996 ARL season

21 6 0 15 17 / 20

Graham Lowe

Dean Schifilitti

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 1996

1997 SL season

18 5 2 11 10 / 10

Tim Sheens

Ian Roberts

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 1997

1998 NRL season

24 9 0 15 16 / 20

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 1998

1999 NRL season

24 4 1 19 16 / 17

Noel Goldthorpe

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 1999

2000 NRL season

26 7 0 19 14 / 14

Tim Brasher

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2000

2001 NRL season

26 6 2 18 13 / 14

Tim Sheens/Murray Hurst

Paul Bowman

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2001

2002 NRL season

24 8 0 16 11 / 15

Murray Hurst/Graham Murray

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2002

2003 NRL season

24 10 0 14 11 / 15

Graham Murray

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2003

2004 NRL season

24 (3) 12 (2) 1 (0) 11 (1) 7 / 15

Travis Norton

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2004

2005 NRL season

24 (4) 14 (2) 0 (0) 10 (2) 5 / 15

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2005

2006 NRL season

24 11 0 13 9 / 15

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2006

2007 NRL season

24 (3) 15 (2) 0 (0) 9 (1) 3 / 16

Johnathan Thurston

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2007

2008 NRL season

24 5 0 19 15 / 16

Graham Murray/Ian Millward

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2008

2009 NRL season

24 11 0 13 12 / 16

Neil Henry

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2009

2010 NRL season

24 5 0 19 15 / 16

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2010

2011 NRL season

24 (1) 14 (0) 0 (0) 10 (1) 7 / 16

Johnathan Thurston Matthew Scott

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2011

2012 NRL season

24 (2) 15 (1) 0 (0) 9 (1) 5 / 16

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2012

2013 NRL season

24 (1) 12 (0) 0 (0) 12 (1) 8 / 16

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2013

2014 NRL season

24 (2) 14 (1) 0 (0) 10 (1) 5 / 16

Paul Green

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2014

2015 NRL season

24 (4) 17 (3) 0 7 (1) 3 / 16

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2015

2016 NRL season

24 (3) 15 (1) 0 9 (2) 4 / 16

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2016

2017 NRL season

24 (4) 13 (3) 0 11 (1) 8 / 16

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys 2017

Players[edit] Further information: List of North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys players 2018 NRL Squad[edit]

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys NRL Squad 2018

First team squad

Coaching staff

Carlin Anderson - FB John Asiata - PR, FE Scott Bolton - PR Javid Bowen
Javid Bowen
- CE, WG Josh Chudleigh - HK Jake Clifford - HB Gavin Cooper
Gavin Cooper
- SR Lachlan Coote
Lachlan Coote
- FB Mitchell Dunn - FE Kyle Feldt - WG Shaun Fensom
Shaun Fensom
- PR Gideon Gela-Mosby - WG

Jake Granville - HK Ben Hampton
Ben Hampton
- HK, HB Coen Hess - SR Sam Hoare - PR Shaun Hudson - CE Corey Jensen - PR Kyle Laybutt - FE Kane Linnett
Kane Linnett
- CE Ethan Lowe
Ethan Lowe
- SR Te Maire Martin
Te Maire Martin
- FE Jordan McLean
Jordan McLean
- PR Francis Molo
Francis Molo
- PR

Michael Morgan - FE, HB Justin O'Neill
Justin O'Neill
- CE Emry Pere - PR Matthew Scott (c) - PR Jason Taumalolo
Jason Taumalolo
- LK Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
(c) - HB Enari Tuala - CE Antonio Winterstein
Antonio Winterstein
- WG Shane Wright - SR

Head coach

Paul Green

Assistant coaches

David Fairleigh (Assistant Coach) Todd Payten
Todd Payten
(Assistant Coach) Josh Hannay (Assistant Coach) Paul Bowman (High Performance Manager) Mark Henry (Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach) Ashley Graham (Elite Pathways Performance Coach) Anthony Wood (Rehabilitation Manager) Steve Sartori (Physiotherapist)

Legend:

(c) Captain(s) (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 5 March 2018 Source(s): Cowboys Squad 2018

Notable players[edit] Further information: List of North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys representatives Since 1995, the Cowboys have supplied numerous players to state and international representative sides. 10th anniversary team[edit] In 2004, the Cowboys conducted a poll asking fans to vote on the best players to have worn Cowboy colours. After polling had finished the club released the overall best team to celebrate the team's 10th anniversary.

Cowboys 10th Anniversary Team

First team squad

Coaching staff

 1 Matthew Bowen
Matthew Bowen
- FB  2 Ty Williams
Ty Williams
- WG  3 Josh Hannay - CE  4 Paul Bowman - CE  5 Matt Sing
Matt Sing
- WG  6 Julian O'Neill - FE  7 Laurie Spina - HB  8 John Buttigieg - PR  9 Steve Walters - HK 10 Paul Rauhihi
Paul Rauhihi
- PR 11 Kevin Campion - SR 12 Peter Jones - SR 13 Glenn Morrison
Glenn Morrison
- LK

Head coach

Graham Murray

Legend:

(c) Captain(s) (vc) Vice captain(s)

20th anniversary team[edit] In 2015, the Cowboys celebrated their 20th anniversary and named a 20-year team at their anniversary dinner. The team was selected from a panel consisting of four former Cowboys coaches: Grant Bell, Neil Henry, Murray Hurst and Tim Sheens, and current coach Paul Green.[2]

Cowboys 20th Anniversary Team

First team squad

Coaching staff

 1 Matthew Bowen
Matthew Bowen
- FB  2 Ty Williams
Ty Williams
- WG  3 Brent Tate
Brent Tate
- CE  4 Paul Bowman - CE  5 Matt Sing
Matt Sing
- WG  6 Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
- FE  7 Nathan Fien
Nathan Fien
- HB  8 Matthew Scott - PR  9 Aaron Payne - HK 10 Paul Rauhihi
Paul Rauhihi
- PR 11 Luke O'Donnell
Luke O'Donnell
- SR 12 Gavin Cooper
Gavin Cooper
- SR 13 Travis Norton
Travis Norton
- LK

Legend:

(c) Captain(s) (vc) Vice captain(s)

Cowboys Hall of Fame[edit] In 2015, the Cowboys launched their official Hall of Fame during their 20th anniversary celebrations. The foundation criteria were that any players considered had to have played at least 100 NRL games for the club and that they had to have been retired for at least two years. The inductees were decided by a specially selected panel, including members of the Cowboys’ organisation and the wider rugby league community, and are assessed on their skill and ability, leadership, integrity and character, their state and international honours, and awards won at the club.

Inductee Class Position Seasons

Bowman, PaulPaul Bowman 2015 Centre 1995–2007

Sing, MattMatt Sing 2015 Wing 2002–2007

Coaches[edit] The Cowboys' current coach, Paul Green, is the eighth in the team's 19-year history. Graham Murray
Graham Murray
is North Queensland's longest serving coach.

Coach Tenure Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %

Grant Bell 1995 22 2 0 20 9.1%

Graham Lowe 1996 21 6 0 15 28.6%

Tim Sheens 1997–2001 109 32 4 73 29.4%

Murray Hurst 2001–2002 18 4 1 13 22.2%

Graham Murray 2002–2008 161 79 1 81 49.1%

Ian Millward 2008 14 2 0 12 14.3%

Neil Henry 2009–2013 124 58 0 66 46.8%

Paul Green 2014– 115 51 0 30 63.0%

Honours[edit] See also: List of North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys Honours At the end of each season the North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys hold their Presentation Ball, in which they present (among other awards) the Paul Bowman Medal for Cowboy of the Year. The player of the year award, which was named after Bowman in 2007, is awarded to Cowboys player voted as the best and fairest over the premiership season. After each match, the coaching staff award three votes to the best Cowboys player on ground, two votes to the second best, and one vote to the third best, similar to the Dally M Medal voting system. The most recent Paul Bowman Medal winner is Jason Taumalolo, who won the award for the first time in 2016. Bowman himself is a two-time winner of the award (1999, 2000), as is Luke O'Donnell
Luke O'Donnell
(2004, 2009), Aaron Payne (2006, 2008) and Matt Scott (2010, 2013), while Johnathan Thurston, has won the award four times (2005, 2012, 2014, 2015). The first recipient of the medal was Wayne Sing in 1995.[3] In 2014, The Cowboys won their first major trophy, the inaugural NRL Auckland
Auckland
Nines tournament which was held at Eden Park
Eden Park
in Auckland, defeating the Brisbane Broncos
Brisbane Broncos
16–7 in the final. A year later the Cowboys won their first NRL premiership, defeating the Broncos 17-16 in golden point extra time. Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal. Statistics and records[edit] Further information: List of North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys records After a 10-year finals drought, the Cowboys made their first finals appearance in 2004, finishing one game away from the grand final. The following year the team played in their first grand final, losing to the Wests Tigers. The North Queensland
Queensland
club's second appearance in the grand final would not come for another 10 years, when they met Queensland
Queensland
rivals, Brisbane Broncos, in the 2015 decider. In one of the most entertaining grand finals in living memory, Johnathan Thurston kicked a golden-point field goal to win the Cowboys their maiden premiership. The club's Under 20's side finished runners-up in the 2011 NYC grand final to the New Zealand Warriors
New Zealand Warriors
while their feeder teams have won the Queensland
Queensland
Cup four times. In 2005 with the North Queensland
Queensland
Young Guns, 2010 and 2014 with the Northern Pride and 2013 with the Mackay Cutters. Fullback Matthew Bowen
Matthew Bowen
currently holds the record for most first grade games and most tries for club. Bowen also holds the club record for most tries in a season, with 22 in 2007. Paul Bowman became the first Cowboy to play 200 first grade games in 2007. Current co-captain Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
jointly holds the record for most points in a match with Josh Hannay at 24. Hannay's 10 goals against South Sydney in 2003. Johnathan Thurston
Johnathan Thurston
currently holds the most points in a season in 2014 with 234 points. Winger Ray Mercy was the first, and so far only, Cowboy to score 4 tries in a match, which he did against Balmain in 1998. The club's biggest winning margin is 58 points, achieved in 2014 in a 64–6 victory over the Wests Tigers. Their heaviest defeat is a 62–0 loss by the Parramatta Eels
Parramatta Eels
in 2001. Stadium[edit] Main article: Willows Sports Complex

View of the Cowboys home ground, 1300SMILES Stadium

Since 1995, the Cowboys have played their home games at Willows Sports Complex, located in the Townsville
Townsville
suburb of Kirwan. Prior to 1995, the venue hosted trotting paceway nights, and was the main pacing venue for the Townsville
Townsville
District, but due to the admittance of the Cowboys, the venue was turned into a rugby league stadium. The venue was renamed Stockland Stadium in 1995, due to sponsorship rights, and attracted a crowd of 23,156 to the Cowboys first ever premiership game. In 1998, the name was changed to Malanda Stadium by new sponsors Dairy Farmers, before being renamed again in 1999 to Dairy Farmers Stadium. The stadium underwent major renovations in 2005 and 2006, with the eastern, northern and southern grandstands receiving upgrades, the addition of more corporate boxes and a new replay screen and public address system installed. Dairy Farmers 15-year partnership with the Cowboys ended at the end of 2012 season, as the club looked for a new naming rights sponsor for the stadium.[4] In 2013, the stadium was renamed 1300SMILES Stadium, after the Townsville-based dental practice entered into a five-year sponsorship deal with Stadiums Queensland.[5] The club record attendance for a regular season match is 30,302, set against the Brisbane Broncos
Brisbane Broncos
in the round 8 of the 1999 season. The record attendance for a finals match is 24,989, set against the Brisbane Broncos
Brisbane Broncos
in week 2 of the 2004 finals series. Emblems and colours[edit]

North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys Logos

1995-1997

1998-2003

Before becoming the Cowboys, the team names Marlins, Stingrays and the very popular Crocodiles were tossed up as potential team logos for the side, before public consultation resulted in the name 'Cowboys' (the Crocodiles name would eventually go to Townsville's National Basketball
Basketball
League team, who changed their name to the Townsville Crocodiles in 1998 after a dispute with the NBA's Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
over their original name, the Townsville
Townsville
Suns).[6] The colours navy blue and yellow were chosen to reflect the colours of the Townsville representative sides. Grey was also added as primary colour with white introduced as a secondary colour. The clubs "steer head" logo has stayed basically the same since 1995. In the early years the logo was on a white rectangular background, before being backed with a yellow oval. In 2003 the font was changed and a yellow star added, which remain to this day. A lighter shade of navy blue and white were also added to the logo. The Cowboys home jerseys have stayed predominately navy blue over the years, with white, grey and yellow all being the predominate secondary colour at some stage, with the away jerseys predominately white. In 2011, the club introduced a new heritage jersey to be worn at times during the season. The jersey is modelled on the original Cowboys jersey. The team also added a pink Women in League jersey to be worn during the Women in League round and an Indigenous themed jersey to be worn during the NRL's Closing the Gap round.[7] Sponsors[edit]

Period Jersey manufacturers Principal sponsors Sleeve sponsors Shorts sponsors

1995–1996 Canterbury Clothing XXXX Castlemaine Perkins Chill Malanda Flavoured Milk XXXX Castlemaine Perkins

1997 Nike None Nike

1998 None

1999–2000 FILA Overflow Discount Stores Kentucky Fried Chicken None

2001 CHR Employment Services

2002 Emu Sportswear

2003 Toyota Rapid Road

2004 Concept Sports None

2005 Queensland
Queensland
Property Group Queensland
Queensland
Country Credit Union

2006 Hummel International

2007 Glen Alpine[8]

2008–2010 Harvey Norman

2011–2014 ISC[9]

2015 Brisclean

2016 The Ville[10]

Supporters[edit] In April 2016, the Cowboys recorded their largest ever membership numbers, with 17,083. The Cowboys membership ambassador is co-captain Matthew Scott.[11] Average regular season attendance[edit]

1995: 21,670 1996: 19,366 1997: 17,539 1998: 17,034 1999: 16,108 2000: 15,511 2001: 13,738 2002: 12,133 2003: 14,892 2004: 17,334 2005: 20,590 2006: 19,861 2007: 20,508 2008: 18,102 2009: 17,309 2010: 14,256 2011: 14,189 2012: 14,637 2013: 14,112 2014: 14,613 2015: 16,230 2016: 16,692 2017: 16,512

Notable supporters[edit] Notable supporters of this club, amongst others, include:

Andy The Kid, musician Nathan Burgers, professional field hockey player Alicia Coutts, Olympic gold medal winning swimmer[12] Luke Feldman, Australian cricketer Rachael Finch, former Miss Universe Australia Mike Goldman, television & radio personality Mitchell Johnson, Australian international cricket player Lee Kernaghan, country music artist Robert Rose, former NBL basketballer

Roz Kelly, Channel 9 reporter Jessica Mauboy, singer/actress James Hopes, Australian CricketerJames Hopes Jack Miller, Australian Grand Prix motorcycle racer Anna Meares, Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Ryan Phelan, Channel 7 reporter Melanie Schlanger, Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Karrie Webb, Australia's most successful female professional golfer Chris Wright, Olympic swimmer

Feeder clubs[edit]

Mackay Cutters – based in Mackay, Queensland Northern Pride – based in Cairns, Queensland Townsville
Townsville
Blackhawks – based in Townsville, Queensland

The Cowboys players who do not make the run on teams for the NRL sides train and play with 'feeder' sides in the Intrust Super Cup. These teams, based in the northern Queensland
Queensland
cities of Cairns, Mackay and Townsville, are separate entities but are affiliated with the Cowboys. Rivalries[edit] Brisbane Broncos[edit] Main article: Queensland
Queensland
derby From opposite ends of the Sunshine State, the Cowboys have a long-standing rivalry with the Brisbane Broncos. Between 1999 and 2006 inclusive, these two clubs were the only clubs from Queensland
Queensland
playing in the National Rugby League. In the early days, Brisbane would always beat North Queensland
Queensland
either in Brisbane or Townsville. At the conclusion of the 2017 NRL season, 48 first grade matches have been played between the two clubs, with Brisbane winning 31, North Queensland
Queensland
winning 15, and 2 drawn matches.[13] The rivalry really grew in popularity among fans from 2015 on-wards when Wayne Bennett returned to Red Hill to coach the Broncos, and Paul Green was only one year into his coaching role at the Cowboys, quickly making a name for himself as one of the best coaches in the league. Between 2015 and 2017 3 of 5 of the games they played against each other went to Golden point being declared by many as one of the greatest rivalries in the game today, earning the nickname the Queensland
Queensland
Derby. They met in the 2015 NRL Grand Final on October 4 at ANZ Stadium, the first to be played by two Queensland
Queensland
based teams. This game is often regarded as the greatest grand final ever played with the broncos leading right up until the 80th minute before Kyle Feldt crashed over for a try to take the game into the first ever Grand Final Golden Point. It was then in Golden point when Jonathan Thurston kicked a field goal to win the Cowboys their first ever premiership and solidify himself as one of the greatest NRL players to ever play the game. Games between them are played with a large degree of respect toward each other and are extremely tough games that entertain for the full 80 minutes or usually more. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks[edit] A rivalry very much built on finals football. This rivalry begun to flourish due to the two teams both having had major success around the same time, with the Cowboys winning their maiden premiership in 2015 and the Cronulla Sharks
Cronulla Sharks
winning their first premiership just a year later in 2016. In the week one elimination final of 2013 NRL premiership this rivalry really started to take shape, as the Sharks scored a very controversial seven-tackle try, proving to be crucial as it ended the Cowboys season 20-18. This controversial game also helped feed a conspiracy that the NRL was trying to prevent Queensland
Queensland
teams from making the grand final. Two years later the Cowboys thrashed the Sharks up in Townsville, registering their biggest finals win 39-0 in another elimination final, as the Cowboys continued though the finals and went on to win their first premiership. They would meet once again in a 2016 preliminary final, with the Sharks ending the Cowboys hopes of having back-to-back premierships, the score 32-20. The Sharks would then go on to win their first grand final against the Melbourne Storm
Melbourne Storm
the following game. The rivalry continued on in to the 2017 finals with yet another elimination final, as the Sharks hosted an injured and battered Cowboys at Allianz Stadium. The Cowboys went in massive under-dogs, but would go on to upset the Sharks 15-14 in a very tough contest. Ironically, it would be the Cowboys who ended the Sharks hopes of having back-to-back grand final success.[14][15][16] Corporate[edit]

Position Name

CEO Greg Tonner

Chairman Laurence Lancini

Director Sandra Harding

Director Kerry Boustead

Director Joe Carey

Director Cam Charlton

Director Steven Titmus

Company Secretary Michael Gilbert

General Manager – Commercial Stephen Mitchell

General Manager – Football Peter Parr

Principal Sponsor Toyota

References[edit]

^ http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2011/07/21/249961_news.html ^ http://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2015/05/17/introducing_your_cow.html ^ http://www.cowboys.com.au/honours ^ http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2013/01/10/373354_news.html ^ http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2013/02/19/375754_news.html ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/kerry-boustead-reveals-how-he-started-a-cowboy-operation/story-e6frep7f-1226473640398 ^ http://www.cowboys.com.au/news-display/Pink-jersey-returning-in-2013/66519 ^ Cowboys 2008 Players Jersey – Home ^ http://www.cowboys.com.au/default.aspx?s=major-sponsors ^ NQ Cowboys [@nthqldcowboys] (9 October 2015). "Thr Ville announced as sleeve sponsors for 2016 #ridemcowboys #nqc20 #premiers" (Tweet) – via Twitter.  ^ http://www.cowboys.com.au/news-display/Olympic-medallist-joins-the-Cowboys/62288 ^ http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2012/05/08/328401_sport.html ^ http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/matches/Custom/Ni0tLS0tLS0tLS0tMS0tLS0tLS0tLS0=/north-queensland-cowboys/summary.html ^ http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/07/sharks-cowboys-reignite-finals-rivalry ^ http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/sport/cowboyssharks-rivalry-under-radar-ennis/news-story/acb54536d838d0400a50c3d060960418?nk=1d97130ab7b9899d2829988e55a5025e-1509452406 ^ http://www.nrl.com/cowboys-sharks-rivalry-grows/tabid/10874/newsid/93302/default.aspx

External links[edit]

Official Sites

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