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Vale Thomas Moylan

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are mourning the recent passing of former first grader and indigenous player, Thomas Moylan, who passed away on 21 December, 2021.

Thomas Charles Moylan was born in Macksville on 5 March 1951, and grew up in Nambucca Heads, where he also played junior football. He came to Sydney when he was 17 and played in our junior league with the the Redfern All Blacks. He also worked at the Redfern Mail Exchange. The former winger who had speed to burn was a prolific points scorer for his junior club and in 1973-74 he played with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a total of 32 grade games, scoring 12 tries, which included 17 games in our first grade side to be number 587 registered first grade player.

He made his first grade debut on 1 July 1973 (Round 15) against Canterbury at Redfern Oval. The following week in pouring rain and a heavy ground he scored two tries against the Newtown Jets, which earned Souths a narrow 8-7 victory.

His impressive career ended in 1974 when he was badly injured against Newtown at Henson Park in Round 20. He was replaced in the 24th minute by Owen O’Donnell, and then went back playing in our junior league.

Mr Moylan died of a broken heart while he was asleep at his home in Baulkham Hills. His beloved wife Michelle died on 6 November, 2021, and he never got over her passing. They were a very loving couple who deeply cared and loved each other.

His funeral will be held on Thursday 6 January, 2022, at 12.30pm at the Holy Family Catholic Parish, 252-254 Luxford Road, Emerton.

On behalf of everyone connected to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, we offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Thomas Moylan at this difficult time.