Football icon Steve Marsh passes away at 99, leaving the sporting community in mourning

Mar 06, 2024
As news of his passing spread, the football community united in grief, expressing condolences and tributes. Source: Facebook/ @southfremantlefootballclub.

The world of Australian football is in mourning as it bids farewell to one of its true legends, Steve Marsh, who passed away on March 5, 2024, at the age of 99.

A pioneer on the field and an inspiration to many, Marsh’s departure has sparked an outpouring of grief and heartfelt tributes from fans, fellow players, and the football community at large.

In a heartfelt statement, the South Fremantle Football Club officially announced the tragic news of Marsh’s passing.

“On the 5th of March Club Legend Steve Marsh sadly passed away aged 99. It is known to all that Marsh’s Football Career was one of the best, both at the Bulldogs, and in the State,” the statement read.

“Marsh was widely known as one of the greatest rovers, but not limiting him to just this, his speed and skills in general were outstanding. His confidence radiated making him a great leader that all followed when things got tough.

“Our Premier Family Club offers its deepest sympathy to Steve’s family, Terry and Len, and their respective families.”

Born September 12, 1924, Marsh began his football career with the Kalgoorlie Railways Football Club in 1943, contributing to their premiership victory during a leave from the Air Force. His remarkable journey continued when he joined the South Fremantle Football Club in 1945, where he played 226 games over 12 seasons, securing six premierships and earning accolades such as the 1952 Sandover Medal and the 1953 Simpson Medal. Marsh also represented Western Australia, captaining the side in 1954.

Marsh transitioned to the East Fremantle Football Club in 1957, serving as Captain/Coach and leading them to a premiership in 1957. With a total of 284 games, he retired as a player in 1960.

Marsh’s legacy extends beyond his playing days, with numerous honours recognising his contributions. In 1995, he became an inaugural member of the Fremantle Football Hall of Legends, achieving Legend Status in the West Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

Inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in June 2006, Marsh’s influence is also acknowledged through the Steve Marsh Entrance at Subiaco Oval.

As news of his passing spread, the football community united in grief, expressing condolences and tributes.

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