Ray Martin has been one proud Rabbitoh his whole life, and with the Club qualifying for this year’s NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final, the smile simply wouldn’t leave his face when he spoke to Rabbitohs.com.au.
A long-time Rabbitohs supporter and advocate, Martin spoke this week about the meaning of the Rabbitohs not only to himself but to the local community.
“I saw Clive Churchill play here (Redfern Oval) when I was a kid with my father, down the bottom of the old stand here,” said Martin at the Club’s spiritual home.
“I sat there with a bunch of Aboriginal women and they knew more about football than the coach knew – and that’s South Sydney.
“I came to the training session the other day and looked at people – there were blokes in wheelchairs and old ladies and young kids and all these things. It’s the people’s Club. It was never about Macquarie Street or being about kicked out, it was about people.
“You wander around and these are people who know more about football than coaches and football commentators. They love the game, and South Sydney to them is more than a football team – much more. It’s about life, and it’s probably – after their families – the most important thing in their life.
“You can’t buy a club and inject that into them, it’s the tradition that I think our players have started to understand a bit."
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