On This Day: Clive Churchill Was Born
On this day in 1927, Rabbitohs legend, Clive 'The Little Master' Churchill, was born.
Churchill debuted for the Rabbitohs in 1947 in Souths second last game of the season against the Newtown Jets at Erskineville Oval.
The Clubs late-season signing of Churchill from Newcastle for the price of 12 pounds 10 shillings (approx. $813) per game would see the fullback become a household name, representing, and eventually captaining his Club, state and country.
Playing 157 games for the Rabbitohs spanning across 12 seasons from 1947-1958, Churchill is widely regarded as the greatest to have played the game, winning five premierships with South Sydney and shaping the way that modern rugby league is played.
Churchill’s impact on the game is further reflected through his selection as a rugby league ‘Immortal’ and in Australia’s rugby league ‘Team of the Century’ as well as having a stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the best and fairest grand final medal named in his honour.