Steve Little passes away, teammates remember footballer as a lovely bloke

MEMORIES: The 1982/1983 West Tamworth first grade side. Steve Little is pictured in the back row, second from the left. Photo: Supplied
MEMORIES: The 1982/1983 West Tamworth first grade side. Steve Little is pictured in the back row, second from the left. Photo: Supplied

Steve Little has been remembered by his West Tamworth teammates as a "lovely bloke" and a "great footballer".

The former South Sydney Rabbitoh passed away recently at Port Macquarie.

When Wests teammates Peter Blanch and Geoff Newling speak of Little, his kind nature along with his prowess on the football field both come up.

"We was a very good footballer and a real nice bloke - a real gentleman," Blanch said of Little.

"He was a very quietly spoken sort of guy. A great footballer - very knowledgeable.

Steve Little pictured scoring for Wests. Photo: Supplied

Steve Little pictured scoring for Wests. Photo: Supplied

"He was just one of those guys that had a real nice way about him. Easygoing nature and nothing seemed to bother him."

Newling's thoughts on Little were the same.

"He wouldn't have had an enemy in the world. A quiet, sociable bloke. Nothing really fazed him," Newling said.

Newling was even the recipient of Little's kindness after the footballer had moved back to Sydney.

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"He helped me out a lot when I had a knee reconstruction at North Sydney. I literally came out of hospital and flopped on the front door of his shop and he took me up, put me into bed and then dropped me out to the airport after I'd recovered a bit," Newling said.

Little was born in Moree in 1953 and went on to play 57 first grade games for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

He played predominantly as a winger, scoring 15 tries and 50 goals before finishing up with the club in 1978.

Little then found himself playing for West Tamworth in the early to mid 80s.

He flourished at fullback and represented Northern Division in 1983.

"He was a complete player. Very quick, good hands, good tackler and defender, very dependable, a very confident player. He was just a complete professional," Newling said.

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