May 04, 2004


Peter “Chippy” Frilingos, The Daily Telegraph’s senior rugby league writer, died yesterday afternoon at his desk. He was 59.

I worked with Chippy for a year or so, when I was a chief of staff at the Telegraph. Being Victorian, I was at a massive disadvantage in judging the worth of rugby league news, so I’d seek out Chippy for advice. In between denouncing society at large -- Chippy’s views were brilliantly, hilariously intolerant -- he’d quickly set me straight on all the rugby league stories I needed to be aware of. Chippy was incredibly generous.

People at the Telegraph are devastated. Paul Kent’s memorial is perfect, and will resonate with journalists everywhere.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 4, 2004 05:43 PM

Great advice for anyone:

"...if you upset someone make sure you front them next time you see them."

Great advice for eggheads and a great epitaph for any one of us:

"Consider yourself furthered."

Hope there are still a few Chippys being produced in newspapers today. Would love to have heard some of Chippy's private opinions and yarns about the modern game, vis-a-vis ye olden days.

Posted by: CurrencyLad at May 4, 2004 at 08:42 PM

I wasn't really that familiar with the guy, being from an AFL state, but from what I saw of him on Foxtel he seemed like an alright bloke.

Posted by: Scott Wickstein at May 4, 2004 at 09:22 PM

I worked under Peter as a journalist on the Sports Department of the then Daily Mirror for three years. Along with Ian Hanson, Chippy typified the best a real journalist could be.

Posted by: Brett Clements at May 8, 2004 at 07:31 PM