I am a rabbitohs supporter first and foremost, a lot of you would already be aware of this as I shared part of my story before at some point last season and it’s true that I felt forever indebted by the old coach Michael Maguire and I am initially here because of him.
I’ve been questioned by some on here that I am not a Wests Tigers supporter and what happens if Madge was sacked? I’ve thought about that and I couldn’t give a definitive answer…Until now.
I lost my father in the late 90’s to health he struggled with over his entire life, he doubled more than his total life expectancy but I was only a young fella and it wasn’t any consolation to me.
He was a mad Souths supporter hence the reason I am, he grew up in Maroubra so was amongst it in the 70’s.
He was a gigging musician and was providing for me, my sister and my mum who was raising primary school children and only worked one day a week at a baby wear store.
He was an absolute weapon of a drummer, the best in the region even and went as far as being employed by the Beatles number 1 tribute band.
One of my biggest disappointments in life was that we never got to see a Souths game today due to his work and having to pace himself, apart from myself and his dad (my pop) Souths were the men in his life.
We went to just one NRL game together, in 1999 - Souths either had a bye or were away.
It was the Roosters playing a team and as Souths supporters it’s our duty to hate the roosters, who was the team they played? The Magpies.
There will be supporters of either the Tigers kind or the Magpies kind that has been so for 50 years, that’s older than I am and i respect the heck out of people who spend most of their spare time going to games, travelling interstate even to do so.
I am a new supporter of this club and I will learn the history the Wests Tigers over time, I will learn the rich histories of Balmain and Western Suburbs over time.
About to enter the 2nd of many years as a Wests Tigers member and it’s a real special feeling.
I’ll never stop following Souths as my No.1 team but new things come into your life for a reason, Madge brought me over but it did make me think of the grand memory of it all.