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On This Day: The Rabbitohs Played Their First Ever Game

On this day in 1908 the Rabbitohs played their first Premiership match at Birchgrove Oval, defeating North Sydney 11-7.

The South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club was formed at a public meeting held at Redfern Town Hall on 17 January 1908, and on March 5, the New South Wales Rugby League issued the Club its receipt No. 2 for their £ -1 – 1 – 0 affiliation fee.

The receipt which lists Souths as the number two affiliated club with the NSW Rugby League - signed by the game's founder James J. Giltinan.
The receipt which lists Souths as the number two affiliated club with the NSW Rugby League - signed by the game's founder James J. Giltinan.

The Club won the inaugural NSWRL Premiership later that year, defeating rivals Eastern Suburbs 14-12 in the Grand Final, and in the next decade won a further three titles, establishing themselves early as a competition heavyweight.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 1908 Premiership-Winning Team
South Sydney Rabbitohs 1908 Premiership-Winning Team

South Sydney remain as the oldest and most successful Rugby League Club in Australia, having won a record 21 Premierships - the most of any first-grade football team in the country.