15 June 2020

Vale: Noel Kelly

The SCG was on Monday saddened to learn of the passing of NRL Hall of Fame member, Western Suburbs Magpies great and NRL Team of the Century member Noel Kelly, aged 84.

Kelly, widely regarded as one of the toughest players in rugby league history, was a life member of the SCG

He played 28 Tests for the Kangaroos and in three grand finals at the SCG for his beloved Western Suburbs Magpies.

Kelly came from a generation of footballers where playing commitments fitted in around one, two or in Kelly's case three jobs. At the height of his playing powers, Kelly was a butcher, a bouncer and he drove the ghost train at Manly wharf on weekends.

“Noel Kelly was one of the toughest men to have played game and was considered a fan favourite every time he stepped on to the SCG,” said SCG Chairman Tony Shepherd.

“He earned his place in the NRL’s Team of the Century and consistently overcame challenges, both on and off the field, to embody what it means to be a team player. 

“The SCG would like to pass on its condolences to the Kelly family. His legacy will forever be etched in the history of this great ground.”

Once his playing days were over, Kelly served the game as a Board Member and Ambassador for the Men of League Foundation.

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