Remembering a Rabbitoh – Harold Norman Horder

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Our feature on Rabbitohs player #61 Harold Horder was first aired on Rabbitohs Radio Podcast on the 27th May 2020 & was one of the first Remembering a Rabbitohs we created.

The headline act of that episode was our Blake Solly interview & the Harold Horder feature isn’t heard until the 1hr 26min mark. This is why we now release most of our featured content as stand alone, so it can be seen on its own instead of just in our show.

Over the last 3 seasons we have created a lot of content which has now also been uploaded to our Rabbitohs TV channel including now this one.

Harold Horder

Harold Horder made his debut for Souths 109 years ago in 1912, scored a try, kicked a goal & the legend was born.

In a 1938 article titled Harold Horder Greatest Of Them All written by W A (Billy) Cann in the Rugby League News he said –

“Horder was responsible for many thousands attending the Souths and North Sydney matches; he was in a sense a gold mine to the two clubs during his association with them.”

“Horder did for football what the famous Victor Trumper did for cricket – lifted it right out of the orthodox.”

“Of all the brilliant tries scored by the South Sydney champion, the one that stands out most was the try scored on the Show Ground against the team he first met when he created such a sensation on his introduction to First Grade – Glebe.”

“Horder gathered the ball inside his own 25, at the Randwick end, and he raced right through the opposition to score a magnificent try under the bar.”

“The try has never been surpassed by anyone, Horder’s side-stepping, swerving and cutting-in between defenders was the Best Ever.”

“More than half the Glebe team had a “fly” at the speed merchant, and he tricked each and every man who endeavored to stop his advance, and more than half a dozen players were strewn about the field after their diving tackles at his legs and feet.”

“On the following Saturday a diagram appeared in the sporting paper, “The Arrow,” giving an outline of the extraordinary manner in which Horder had scored the try.”

“About eight defenders were shown about the field in various attitudes, after having hurled themselves at the winger.”

“Harold Horder was in a class by himself…the methods of the famous lad from South Sydney were superior to those of any player seen previous to his time or since his retirement from the game.”

DangerDave from the Rabbitoh Warren said-

“I loved the piece on Harold Horder, my favourite all time winger. However, you missed one incredible stat of his…”

“In game 1 of the 1915 series he scored 5 tries and kicked 8 goals for the Blues in their 53-9 demolition of the Maroons. That was on the Saturday, and Game 2 was played 2 days later on the Monday. In that game he scored another 5 tries and kicked 7 goals in the 39-6 win. So 10 tries and 15 goals for NSW in the space of 3 days! Legend.”

Horder actually scored 62 tries from 31 games for the Blues in his career, that’s a strike rate of exactly 200% or an average of 2 tries in every game. Plus 38 goals.