Proud Rabbitohs Member, Darcy West, was just 16 years old when he went to the historic 1965 Grand Final between the Rabbitohs and the Dragons, and the memory of that day has stuck to him ever since.
Just one face in the record crowd of over 78,000 people at the Sydney Cricket Ground that day – many of whom climbed grandstand rooves and scaled walls to see the match, Darcy braved the overflowing crowd that would become part of Rugby League folklore.
For West, it was Souths’ legendary Indigenous, long-distance kicker and fullback, Kevin Longbottom, who he looked up to the most. And despite going down on the scoreboard, the memory of Longbottom’s three long-distance goals is etched vividly into his memory.
“The most memorable (thing) was the first kick we got – ‘Lummy’, Kevin Longbottom was one of my idols back then as a 16 year old Aboriginal growing up,” remembers Darcy.
“He kicked the next one. Then Eric Simms – he was only a young chap at the time – he kicked the next one.”
To read more about Darcy West’s experience at the 1965 Grand Final, please visit The Australian website to read Brent Reed’s story.
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