A player who can perform in multiple positions in the game of rugby league is an invaluable resource to his side.
Bob Ridley was exactly that for the Balmain Tigers during his playing career, as the predominant centre or second-row forward filled every position for the Tigers except fullback and hooker!
Bob was part of the 1964 Balmain side which went down 11-6 to the famous St George Dragons side in the grand final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Footballing genes run strongly through the Ridley family, as Bob’s father, Alan, played on the wing representing Australia on two Kangaroo tours to great Brittan and France in 1929-1930 and 1933-1934, playing five tests.
Suffering ill health these past few years, Bob was visited by Gold Coast committee member Greg Sylvester and former Australian Internationals Johnny Lang and Dennis Ward.
“We would like to thank Bob’s wonderful wife Nancy for the terrific morning tea which she provided, it was very much appreciated,” Greg said.
The Foundation would like to wish Bob the best as he aims to return to full health again soon.