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Satts jersey going missing is a hell of a “misplacment”
Souths legend John Sattler famously spilt blood for his ’70 GF jersey… now his son Scott wants it back
October 20, 2020 4:14pm
Penrith’s 2003 premiership hero Scott Sattler has launched a fresh investigation into his famous father John’s missing 1970 South Sydney grand final jumper – the decider where Sattler snr famously played 77 minutes with a broken jaw.
Mystery has surrounded the whereabouts of one of rugby league’s most prized jumpers for the past 20 years after the Sattlers’ handed the cardinal and myrtle no.13 over to a memorabilia company for framing.
Now, on the 50th anniversary of South Sydney’s 23-12 victory over Manly, Sattler’s son who etched his own name into grand final folklore in 2003 with the Panthers is calling for answers.
“It’s 50 years since the 1970 grand final and it’s actually the only Souths jumper Dad ever kept,” Sattler said.
“If Souths didn’t make the finals Dad used to always give his jumper to a volunteer, a member of staff or a Rabbitohs fan.
“It was just the way he liked to do things.
“Sometimes if they’d made the grand final he would swap jumpers with a player from the other team.
“The reason he kept the 1970 jumper was because after the game at some point they decided they better get him to the hospital.
“When he got there, the doctors wanted to cut it off him.
“Dad said no way you’re not touching it and so Mum ended up putting it in a plastic bag and storing it away for years.”
The Sattlers opted to hand the jumper over to a memorabilia company in 2000 to be framed – only for it to mysteriously disappear.
NSW police previously investigated the case after another no.13 South Sydney jumper claiming to be Sattler’s from the 1970 grand final turned up on eBay for $30,000 in 2011.
Sattler, a private investigator and media personality since retiring from the NRL in 2004, has now re-launched a new investigation using his company Complete Corporate Services.
“Dad wore two jumpers in 1970 so the theory is the one which turned up on eBay must have been the other one,” Sattler said.
“Dad had signed some autographs for a memorabilia company and the owner asked him what happened to the 1970 grand final jumper.
“Then we decided to hand it over to get it framed.
“When I went to pick it up the owner told me they’d dropped it, broken the frame and it needed to be re-done.
“Then when I went back again they told me there’d been a mix up and the jumper had gone missing.”
John Sattler’s performance in 1970 will forever live in rugby league folklore as one of the bravest acts in the history of the game.
Scott Sattler created his own brilliant grand final legacy in 2003 with one of the all-time great cover tackles on Sydney Roosters winger Todd Byrne.
It was a play Ron Coote would have been proud of. The underdog Panthers went on to win the grand final 18-6.
Sattler initially raised the new investigation on his radio program Satts and Badge on SEN SportsDay with Canberra Raiders legend Gary Belcher on Monday night.
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