Newcastle native Reg Date is widely regarded as one of Australia’s great goal scorers. He started his career with Plattsburgh Primary School in northern NSW in 1930. His junior career included 305 goals with the Plattsburgh club Under-16 and Under-18 teams. Between 1937 and 1953, Date scored 664 goals in competition games, including nine goals in one game, seven goals in two games and six goals in three games. In his junior and senior career, Date kicked a total of 1,616 goals.
He represented Australia six times when international matches were few and far between. Most of his playing career was spent with Wallsend (from 1937 to 1953), with exception of a three-year stint playing with Canterbury. His most productive years were 1947, when he scored 72 goals in the season for Canterbury, and 1937 when he scored 204 goals for Plattsburgh Under-18s.