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Title: ... p61 - Brian Poppa Clay - How he got the nickname Poppa - Newtown Coach Col Geelan

Geelan called out to him: "What's up Pop, getting a bit stiff in the joints?"


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Jeff Quigley (Quigs) the webmaster
(From History of Australian Rugby League)


around 53



According to the History of Australian Rugby League Clay was tagged "Poppa" by the then Newtown Coach Col Geelan.

At training one night, Clay dropped a few balls, and Coach Geelan called out to him: "What's up Pop, getting a bit stiff in the joints?"

Helped along with the fact that Clay was prematurely bald, the name stuck.

He played for Newtown from 1953 to 1956, then went back to the bush and played for Griffith. Then in 1957 returned to Sydney to link up with St George and as they say, "the rest is history". Played in8 Grand Final winning sides, could of been 10 but missed the 62 and 63 GF with broken arm injury.

Footnote: If my memory serves me correct I remember as a kid Poppa Clay used to live in a house in Huntingdale Ave, Miranda, and we walked past the mighty mans house on our way to train play league for Gymea Junior Rugby League in the Cronulla Sutherland Junior League competition. Gymeas home ground was Corea Road Oval.

Appears in the following pages ....P61_Brian Poppa CLAY
Date of posting ... 06-Nov-2003
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