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Title: ... p61 - Brian Poppa Clay - Memories by family friend Graham Quinlivan

big event for me was the 65 G/F with Souths which we won 12-8. I went up with dad and we stayed with Brian and Esme and their children


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Graham Quinlivan, Brisbane, Qld

St George



I just found your website and as usual I went to check out my all-time favourite hero and player - Poppa Clay. What a thrill to see that his son Greg was a contributor. My story pre-dates Greg by a bit...I was born in 1952 and in 1956 Brian was playing in Griffith NSW - I guess as captain or coach but in any event my dad was the club secretary (?) at Griffith and over the course of the year Dad and Poppa became life-long friends. One of my earliest memories as a child is being at the local footy field in Griffith marking the field for the afternoon game with Dad and Poppa. I remember a huge (for me at the time) footy and kicking and playing with Poppa. When Brian went to Saints it was only natural that they became my team and have been ever since.

Dad went to most of the Grand Finals with Brian and Esme and attended the celebrations on a number of occasions - i still have the programs to prove it !

The big event for me was the 65 G/F with Souths which we won 12-8. I went up with dad and we stayed with Brian and Esme and their children - I actually got into the SCG as one of Brian's kids ! What a game - I was so excited, remember there were 78,000 people there - but I spent most of the game out behind the Members Stand throwing up through nerves and just sheer anticipation. I found a spot where I could see the score board and hope and hope and hope.

The rest is history but I did get to go back to the club in Johnny King's car. I also shook hands with some of the other legends including Johnny Raper

Appears in the following pages ....P61_Brian Poppa CLAY
Date of posting ... 30-May-2006
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