On This Day…
17 On the 8 October 1985 Signalman Clive Sullivan MBE died.
Sullivan was born in 1943 in Cardiff. He joined the Corps in 1961 and trained as a Radio Operator. In 1964 he deployed to Cyprus with 216 Signal Squadron (Parachute Brigade Group) as part of the force sent to keep the peace between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots. He died of cancer aged 42.
Sullivan started to play rugby league for Hull FC while still in the Army. After leaving the Corps he rose to international stardom playing 15 times for Wales and 17 for Great Britain. He played in the 1968, 1970 and 1972 World Cup finals, captaining the World Cup-winning team in 1972, becoming the first black player to captain a British national team in a major sport.
Sullivan won the Challenge Cup with Hull KR (Kingston Rovers) in 1980 and with Hull FC* in 1982. He scored 250 tries in 352 matches for Hull FC and 118 tries in 213 matches for Hull KR and scored more than 1000 points in his career making him one of the most prolific scorers ever.
*Hull FC – Hull Football Club was a professional rugby league club.
Clive Sullivan is pictured second from the right