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The sculpture of "Yabba" is a tribute to every fan who has ever come to the Grounds.

Stephen Harold Gascoigne, better known as Yabba, (1878 - 1942 ) was an Australian sports fan, remembered as a heckler at Sydney Cricket Ground cricket and rugby league games in the early part of the 20th century. Yabba was known for his knowledgeable witticisms shouted loudly from "The Hill", a grassy general admissions area of the SCG. In Yabba's era, cricket matches were watched like tennis matches, and spectators at the SCG were much quieter than today. This is the reason Yabba's comments were so clearly heard by players and other spectators.

Some of Yabba's best remembered insults include:

"I wish you were a statue and I were a pigeon."
Telling a fly-swatting English cricket captain, Douglas Jardine, to "Leave our flies alone, Jardine. They're the only friends you've got here."


Address:Driver Avenue, Sydney Cricket Ground , Moore Park, 2021
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.892173
Long: 151.226043
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Artist:Cathy Weiszmann


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 7th December, 2008
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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