PLAYERS | Bob Landers

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Panther 7

68 matches [1967-1970]

432 points [18 tries, 189 goals]

Stats: themightypanthers.com/players_landers-bob.htm

A giant striding goal kicking winger who had debuted at Eastern Suburbs in 1958, represented New South Wales in 1959 and played 8 seasons at the Roosters before joining the Penrith second division team for the 1966 season.

Upon the Panthers promotion to the first division for 1967, Landers was one of the experienced heads that the club looked upon to guide the new boys into the big time. He was named on the wing in the club’s first ever premiership match. The Panthers went down narrowly 15-12 to Canterbury, with Penrith crossing for 2 tries to 1, but Landers was only able to land 1 goal from 5 attempts in the second half. That aside, Landers would be one of the club’s most consistent performers in their early years, winning a number of matches off his boot.

Landers would the club’s top point scorer in their debut premiership season, with 88 points which included 6 tries, which was joint top with Dave Applebee. He would continue to be the Panthers main point scorer, topping the charts for the next 3 seasons, including a 158 point haul in 1969, which would be a club record until broken by Greg Alexander in 1985.

He retired at the end of the 1970 with 428 points for Penrith – once again a club record that would be broken by Greg Alexander in 1987.

Landers would sadly pass away in 1996 after a short illness, but posthumously would be named on the wing in the Panthers Team of Legends named to commemorate 40 seasons in 2006 and would be named in the Police team of the century in 2008.

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