Leeds lad Dave Marshall packed his bags in 1967 and bought a £10 one-way ticket for a new life in Australia.
It was 46 years ago and he was just 21 when he left his beloved Austin 8 car and his Leeds roots and has not been back since, working as a coal miner in Oz for four decades.
The avid Leeds United and Rhinos fan is now 66 and keeps up to date with Leeds news and sport, on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.
Dave, who played rugby in 1960s Leeds, is now returning to his home city for the first time to see some of his favourite Rhinos players perform for England, in the Rugby League World Cup.
He said: “I’m torn between supporting England or Australia and can’t wait to catch up with family and friends as well as seeing the rugby. I imagine things might have changed a little, since I left.”
Among his first places to visit will be Elland Road and Headingley stadium, as well as brother Les Marshall, a rugby fundraising stalwart, who is planning a celebration re-union party on November 29 in Leeds 9.
Brother Les said: “He will be over in November to mark his 67th birthday, by watching a World Cup Rugby League game at Headingley to celebrate.
“We are going to Wembley to see the two rugby world cup semi-finals, and to Old Trafford to watch the final.
“We are looking for people who knew Dave, from Woodhouse and later from his time playing rugby league for the Market District Boys Club and Burton Tailoring Sports.
“We lived in North West Place, off Woodhouse Street. Dave lived there from 1946 when he was born, until 1960, when we moved to Kingston Place Leeds 2, and then Hazelwood Drive at Ebor Gardens Estate at approx 1963, until he left.”
Dave added: “Although I do miss Leeds, the £10 passage to Oz was the best £10 I ever spent.”
Dave will visit along with fellow Pom Neil Milner, who emigrated at the same time and is travelling back over with Dave.
This will be the first time that he’s been back to our little island, I want to arrange a ‘do’ for him, Former friends can contact Les on 07922 581211.
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