Jimmy Darling (right) with Ian Stevens after the Premiers won the VG Cavanagh in 2017. Ian and Jimmy played in the original Cavanagh match.
It was with great sadness that we learned of Jimmy Darling’s death last week. On Monday 8th April at 2pm a Memorial Service will be held in the Southern RFC Clubrooms. Members are encouraged to wear their Club colours to this.
Jimmy suffered a severe heart attack after going home from Alan Steven’s funeral at the Clubrooms on Tues 26th March and despite full medical support he didn’t recover and passed away on Sunday 31st March with family at his side.
Jimmy was a popular Club supporter with a great knowledge of rugby, he had enjoyed watching the Premiers beat University only a few days prior to his heart attack. Jimmy was our second oldest Honorary Vice President and served the Club in many ways over his 60+ years at the Club.
He first played for Southern in the early 1950’s. He was in the Premier team from 1955 to 1960 as Fullback and then back in 1965.
1958 played in the first V.G. Cavanagh game.
1960 SRFC Championship winning team
Otago 1955 – 3 games for Otago XV, 1957 – 12 games, 1958 – 2 games, 1965 – 2 games for Otago XV. Total for Otago – 19 games.
Played in the winning Ranfurly Shield game 1957 v Wellington with Iain Stevens and Lindsay Townsend from Southern.
Played for North Otago from Kurow Club 1962 – 8 games, 1963 – 5 games, including playing in 1962 victory over Australia 14-13.
The 1962 Almanac described him as a safe and dependable Custodian and a valuable last line of defence.
Elected Hon Vice President in 1967 (although name then disappeared for a couple of years).
In 1983 he started his coaching career at the Club as coach of Colts with Russell Nieper and Mike Thompson. In the early 90’s he assisted Tony Gilbert with University A which had a lot of the star studded Otago team at the time.
1993/94/95 Assistant Coach of Senior B with Roger Brocklebank that won the title in 1994.
1996 Club Selector
Our thoughts are with wife Yvonne and daughters Kim, Vicki, Jacqui and their families at this time. We will miss Jimmy and always remember the huge contribution he made to our club.
~Once a Magpie, Always a Magpie~