Vale – John ‘Mick’ Falla

The Men of League Foundation extends our deepest condolences to the friends and family of John Henry Falla, Foundation Member #87, who passed on Sunday 29 November, aged 83.

A life member of both the NSW Rugby League (2000) and the South Sydney Rabbitohs football club (1992), Falla was known in league circles as Mick.

An Australian selector from 1980 to 1995, Mick was also an NSW selector from 1979 to 2000.

A clever five-eighth, Mick played with Coogee in the South Sydney junior league and also with McMahons Point in the North Sydney junior league. In 1957, he was a member of the Bears Presidents Cup team and later that same year, he was graded by North Sydney. He played halfback for Norths in the 1957 third grade semi-final in the tight 5-0 loss to St. George at the SCG on 31 August. He again played with Norths minor grades in 1958. In 1959 he joined the Glen Innes club and played two seasons in NSW country football before returning to Sydney.

Popular and friendly, Falla played 122 matches for South Sydney, 63 of which were in first grade. His first-grade debut was on 28 May 1961 in the 14-2 loss to St. George at the old Sydney Sports Ground. At Redfern Oval on 1 September 1965, Falla was in the Souths team which was defeated by a strong Western Suburbs XIII in a State Cup semi-final. He captained Souths in nine first grade games.

After retiring, he held several administrative positions with Souths, including selector. He became a City selector in 1976 and did this job for four seasons, before becoming an NSW selector.

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