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South Sydney's fight to play: A clash of new and old

Centenary Reflections: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia

Abstract: It takes a profound issue to draw Australians to the streets in such numbers that they close down the central business district (CBD) of Sydney. A rugby league club achieved this feat twice, not as a result of on-field success or premiership wins, but because they had been excluded from the National Rugby League (NRL) competition. Their fans and like-minded supporters, incensed by what they perceived of as an act of corporate bastardry, wanted their club and code back. The South Sydney Rugby League Football Club (RLFC) was expelled from the competition in October 1999. Some 929 days later they returned to the competition after victory in a protracted media and legal battle. The story of Souths' fight is one of fans, celebrity and lawyers fighting powerful media interests in the form of the NRL owners. What is remarkable about this fight, for a sporting club, is the number and diversity of people involved and the time, money and effort expended by them.

To cite this article: Connor, James. South Sydney's fight to play: A clash of new and old [online]. In: Moore, Andrew (Editor); Carr, Andy (Editor). Centenary Reflections: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia. Melbourne, Vic.: Australian Society of Sports History, 2008: 111-125. ASSH studies in sports history; no. 25. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=990673110814203;res=IELHSS> ISBN: 9780980481525. [cited 28 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Connor, James; Source: In: Moore, Andrew (Editor); Carr, Andy (Editor). Centenary Reflections: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia. Melbourne, Vic.: Australian Society of Sports History, 2008: 111-125. DOI: Document Type: Book Chapter ISBN: 9780980481525 Subject: Rugby League football; Rugby football teams; Consumers--Political activity; Sports--Economic aspects; Series: ASSH studies in sports history; no. 25

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection