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Vale Bill McCarthy

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are mourning the passing of former first grade player, Bill McCarthy, who passed away in Cairns on Friday night from emphysema, at the age of 77.

He is the oldest brother of Bob and Rick McCarthy, and uncle of Darren and Troy McCarthy. The McCarthy’s were a well-respected family in Kepos Street, Redfern.

William James McCarthy was born on 6 March 1943 in Sydney, playing his junior football with Chelsea United, where he played several times as a feared forward and well above his age whenever they were short of players.

He was graded by Souths in 1961 and for the next five years played a total of 69 grade games, including 10 in first grade (4 in 1962 and 6 in 1964), making him Player No. 497 on our first grade player register.

Mr McCarthy made his first grade debut in 1962 against Eastern Suburbs on April 21 at Redfern Oval (Round 3), which ended as an 11-all draw after the Roosters led 11-2 at half-time.

He found it hard to crack the top grade at the Rabbitohs owing to their strong pack of forwards and in 1968 he played three first grade games for Newtown.

There will be no funeral service owing to the Corona virus lockdown laws.

On behalf of everyone connected with the Rabbitohs, we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Bill McCarthy.