The next chapter in Rabbitohs playing strip history is about to be written, with the unveiling of the Club’s 2016 Home and Away jerseys looming.
Since 1908, the cardinal red and myrtle green stripes of South Sydney have graced Rugby League pitches across the country, inspiring people of all ages and from all walks of life with the feats of brilliance and courage achieved when wearing the famous strip.
One person who was inspired by the sight of the jersey, is none other than Rabbitohs legend, Bob McCarthy. A local product, McCarthy vividly recalls a time when as a kid growing up in the local area, 1950s Rabbitohs legend, Bernie Purcell’s jumper would be hung out to dry by his wife in full view of McCarthy and his mates – a fact that would propel McCarthy on the path to first grade.
“I still remember back when Bernie Purcell was playing,” said McCarthy.
“Every Sunday morning we kids would play cricket or touch footy in the street near his house. When his wife put his jumper up the wash pole it was like watching the American flag being run up at Iwo Jima.
“We’d all stop what we were doing and say, ‘aw, loo, Bernie’s jumper! Wouldn’t it be great to play for Souths?’”
In 2015, following on from the Club’s record 21st Premiership, a total of 21 small red lines made up the traditional red stripe of both Home and Away Jersey designs, paying tribute to that feat.
“The Pride of the League” also took pride of place inside each home jersey collar in ornate writing, while “South Sydney Marches on” is the message inside every Away collar in reference to our team song, ‘Glory Glory’.
As Rabbitohs players now prepare themselves for what will be the Club’s 106th Premiership campaign, the jersey that will define that campaign is also being prepared.
Will it inspire the next generation of Bob McCarthy’s?
Stay tuned to Rabbitohs.com.au to see what the Club’s 2016 Home and Away jersey will look like, including information on how you can purchase!