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The Rabbitohs Family is in mourning following the passing of winger of the 1950s and 1960s, Eric Sladden over the weekend.

A gifted, fleet-footed winger from Ourimbah, the man affectionately known as ‘Sladdo’ passed away on Sunday February 7.

Eric plied his trade for the South Sydney Club between seasons 1956 and 1961 alongside greats such as Bernie Purcell, Ian Moir, Jack Rayner, and Clive Churchill, before going on to play for North Sydney for seasons 1962 through to 1967.

‘Sladdo’ holds a unique place in Rabbitohs history, jointly holding the Club record for most tries scored in a single match, with five to his name – his feat achieved on 10 August 1957 against Parramatta at Cumberland Oval. The record is jointly held by great Rabbitohs such as; Harold Horder, Alan Quinlivan, Don Manson, John Graves, Ian Moir, and Nathan Merritt.

During his career wearing the Red and Green, Sladden crossed for 56 tries for a total of 168 points, while scoring 24 tries for Norths for a total of 72 points.

Eric Sladden’s funeral will be held this Thursday 11 February at South Chapel Eastern Suburbs Crematorium. 61 Military Road, Matraville at 10:15am.

The whole of the Rabbitohs Family would like to offer its condolences to the Sladden family at this time.

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