The Eastern Suburbs Tigers are mourning the passing of Club Patron, Mr Brian Smart.
Raised in the heart of Tiger Country, Brian spent his youth in Sword Street, Buranda.
Brian played his junior football with the Tigers through to under 18’s, before moving into the senior ranks. A standout performer at his preferred position of fullback, Brian was a gifted goal kicker and a strong and courageous player.
Whilst being remembered for his on-field exploits, it was Brian’s off-field contribution which will leave a mark with the Club, both as a coach and an administrator.
Brian was the Club’s Honorary Secretary from 1974 to 1993, before becoming the Tiger’s first Chief Executive Officer in 1994, a position he held for 11 years. In total, Brian held the Club’s secretary position for a remarkable 31 seasons.
A founding director of the Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club , Brian was a director of the Leagues Club Board from 1974 to 2004.
A life member of the Club, Brian was also a life member of the Brisbane Rugby League.
The Club sends our sincere condolences to the Smart family and our thoughts and prayers are with Brian’s wife Elaine, and his children Brett and Kym.
The Club will advise of funeral details once they come to hand.
- Player 1952-1964
- Life Member Eastern Suburbs DRLFC 1974
- Life Member Brisbane Rugby League 1991
- Delegate to Brisbane Rugby League 1982-2004
- Director QRL 1989-1991
- Hon. Secretary Eastern Suburbs DRLFC 1974-1993
- CEO Eastern Suburbs DRLFC 1994-2004
- Director/Secretary Easts Leagues Club 1974-2004
- Patron Eastern Suburbs DRLFC 2007-2019