Yesterday was a significant date in rugby league history as April 9th marks the birthday of the late, great Clive Sullivan MBE.
The former Hull FC and Hull KR legend was the last man to captain Great Britain to the World Cup 50 years ago in 1972.
So, as England prepare for the World Cup in 2022 hoping to be the first British side to win the trophy since Sullivan lifted it in France in 1972, Sullivan has been remembered in a special shirt released by Oxen.
Sullivan scored the try that delivered the World Cup to Great Britain that day in 1972. His length of the field effort levelled the final 10-10 as the two teams drew in the final with Great Britain claiming the trophy on the back of their round robin record and his heroics have been remembered in the shape of a black Great Britain jersey released yesterday on his birthday.
The shirt features the traditional Royal and Blue Great Britain Chevron and is 100% cotton. The iconic Lions logo features on the left chest and official authentic tag makes this celebratory shirt a true collectors’ piece. The numbers are strictly limited and available online only.
🙌 On the Birthday of the legendary Clive Sullivan MBE, #EnglandRL partners @OxenSportsUK are launching a limited edition jersey to mark the 50th anniversary of his historic captaincy of Great Britain’s last World Cup winners…
— England Rugby League (@England_RL) April 9, 2022
Sadly, Sullivan is no longer with us having passed away in 1985 at the age of 42 from cancer but his wife Ros was moved by the jersey. She told the RFL: “It is lovely that Clive will be remembered in this way on his birthday, especially with the chance to raise some money for the Marie Curie charity.
“We are all proud of what he achieved in his life and rugby career, and it is very touching to know that he is still remembered so fondly by so many supporters.”