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Title: ... p26 - Noel Kelly - sent off twice in one game whilst of French leg of 63 tour

Kelly's uncomprising style upset more than one French referee and led to his infamous double sending off in the match against Prvence

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Noel Kelly - sent off twice in one game whilst of French leg of 63 tour..

western Suburbs

1963

12/04/2006

courtesy of Tony Adams great book The Hitmen - A tribute to League's tough guys.

Kelly's uncomprising style upset more than one French referee and led to his infamous double sending off in the match against Prvence at Avignon. Describe by Noel Kelly as follows.

"It was unbelievable really and the sort of thing that could probably only happen in France. Over there you're liable to strike the same ref six or seven games in a row and that's what happend to me. I'd had this bloke, Monsieur Casson, time and again and we'd built up this great hatred for each other. It got to the stage where every time the ball went into the scrum and I won it, he'd recall it and make the ball go in again. I had cauliflower ears and a broken nose so I didn't fancy spending so long in the scrum, particularly as the ref was often just waiting for the other bloke to win the ball off me.

"Finally, in the Avignon game, I got fed up and asked (Australian utility back and later successful Manly and Australian Coach) Frank Stanton, who spoke more french then the rest of us put together , how to call this bloke a'so and so'. He told me and I gave the ref a mouthful. He sent me straight off but I just said I wasn't going. I sat down and then moved back to the second row. He tried to send me off again for something else but I just sat down again. Eventually he gave up and I finished the game.


Appears in the following pages ....P26_Noel KELLY
Date of posting ... 13-Jun-2006
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