110 Years: The Story Of The Grand Old Club
One hundred and ten years is a long time in Rugby League. In 2018 we celebrate 110 Years of the South Sydney Rugby League Football Club, and with that comes our new logo.
Plenty has happened since the Rabbitohs humble beginnings in 1908, with a rich history filled with plenty of joy, heartbreak, heroes and villains. Some of the most famous stories in Rugby League are synonymous with the Rabbitohs name.
John Sattler’s broken jaw, Bob McCarthy’s intercept try, The Miracle of 55’, the expulsion and the reinstatement of the club, Nathan Merritt’s field goal and of course, the drought breaking 21st Premiership in 2014.
The new look design captures and celebrates the values and tradition of the Club while also representing a brand new era in the history of the Rabbitohs.
What exactly does ‘The Grand Old Club’ mean?
Those words were coined over a decade ago in the Book of Feuds, where author Mark Courtney wrote;
“It seemed an eternity since the grand old club had tasted even moderate success.”
For Courtney, this was 35 years into the Club’s 43 year premiership drought. It was a time of so much promise and so much disappointment, and while seasons would continue to end early, each and every time the phrase “there’s always next year” would come up.
Being the ‘Pride of the League’ captures our success and glory, but being ‘The Grand Old Club’ speaks to our successes as well as our struggles. It encapsulates the resilience we’re built on and the class of the Club and the people it represents.
With as much success the Club has had with its 21 premierships, there has been an equal amount of heartbreak and suffering. That’s something we can’t ignore because the Rabbitohs have always grown stronger in the face of adversity.