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How important was supporting the Rabbitohs on Grand Final day in 1965 for proud Members Brenda and Owen Layden? Try being eight months pregnant in amongst what was a record SCG crowd!

On 18 September 1965, the young couple braved what was an overflowing and dangerously dense crowd that included people climbing the grandstands at the Sydney Cricket Ground, just to cheer on their Rabbitohs.

The proud pair exclusively described to how they managed to set themselves up on the SCG hill on an esky during the historic match.

“I was eight and a half months pregnant – we had to go to the football,” recalls Brenda.

“We sat down and the guys had to stand to protect me because I thought ‘how am I going to get out of here if I’m going to be excited?’ (i.e. have the baby).

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“We thought the best thing to do was get as close as we can to the ground so I could be carried over the head of people onto the field and out that way – at least that’s what we thought.

“It turned out I sat on the esky anyway for the day and the guys stood behind so no-one could push me off the esky.”

Owen recalled the set-up vividly.

“We were like the Praetorian Guard all standing with our arms locked behind her,” laughs Owen.

“One of my mates dropped his lunch and was never able to pick it up at all, and one went for a pee at half-time through the thirds and got back at half-time through the first-grade. So it was that sort of a crowd.”

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