The South Sydney Rabbitohs are mourning the passing of former player Bobby Hough, who died peacefully on 18 October, 2022.

Mr Hough was born in 1938 in Sydney and played all his junior football with Chelsea United. He was graded by Souths in 1956 and after the 1957 season went back to playing for his junior side. He played in Souths’ Presidents Cup side in 1958 and returned to play for the Rabbitohs in 1961-62, where he played in 34 grade games, scoring three tries and eight goals.

In his last season with the Rabbitohs he made his first grade debut in round 13 against Balmain at Leichhardt Oval. He played in five first grade games that year and his Rabbitohs player number is 507.

Mr Hough played for Kingsford in 1963 in the newly formed second-tier Inter-District competition, where he played as a centre in their grand final win that year. His side defeated Cronulla-Caringbah by 9-7, to take out the inaugural premiership victory.

He always worked as a wharfie at Darling Harbour and at Cetal Botany, and continued coaching in junior grades with Chelsea United, Coogee, Zetland United and Double Bay. He also captain-coached Sydney Wharfies against the Brisbane Wharfies.

Mr Hough moved to live at Tweed Heads about seven years ago, and his health problems started last year when he fell badly and broke his hip while taking his wife to the hospital. He has been bedridden in hospital ever since and more recently suffered from dementia. His caring wife Janet also passed away about ten weeks before he did.

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

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