Kevin Longbottom

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Kevin Longbottom
Personal information
Full nameKevin James Longbottom
Born(1940-12-23)23 December 1940
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died13 January 1986(1986-01-13) (aged 45)
La Perouse, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Position Fullback
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1961–69 South Sydney 105271340349
Source: [1]

Kevin Longbottom (23 December 1940 – 13 January 1986) was an Aboriginal Australian professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s. Longbottom was known by the nickname "Lummy" and was renowned for his long-range goal kicking, [2] sometimes even kicking goals from further than the halfway line. [3] A large, barrel-chested man, he won a premiership with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 1967, and played on the 1965 team that were runners up. [4] He played Fullback for most of his career.

Longbottom initially forced his way into first grade when full-back Darrel Chapman became injured. [5] He kicked a conversion in South Sydney's win over Canterbury in the 1967 Grand final that should have resulted in a 14–10 win. [6] His three long range penalty goals in the 1965 Grand Final are still regarded as possibly the longest kicks every attempted at the Sydney Cricket Ground. [7]

Longbottom was a fine golfer, but is better remembered as a famous caddie to many professional golfers including Bruce Devlin, Bob Shearer and American Tommy Bolt. [8]

Longbottom died from cancer in 1986 at the age of 45.

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