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On this day, history is made with a field-goal win by Newtown, while three players are sent off in a wild brawl at Leichhardt Oval, and the Broncos fend off a mighty offer from Storm for Anthony Milford's services.


Newtown replacement halfback Ken Wilson etches his name in the history books when he lands a 68th minute field goal to secure a 1-0 victory over St George at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It is the first (and only) 1-0 score in the history of the premiership.


A wild brawl erupts in an Amco Cup clash between Newtown and Norths at Leichhardt Oval. Three players are sent off and a further three cited by the NSWRL judiciary. It is the first time the video is used to highlight incidents of foul play.


Reserve Bank Governor Bernie Fraser accepts a position on the NSWRL's three-man salary cap committee.


NSW selectors name seven debutants in the 17-man squad for the opening State of Origin match. The newcomers are Brett Hodgson, Timana Tahu, Danny Buderus, Jamie Lyon, Jason Moodie, Steve Simpson and Braith Anasta.

Former Test and Origin star Wendell Sailor
Former Test and Origin star Wendell Sailor ©NRL Photos


Former Test winger Wendell Sailor trains with his new St George Illawarra teammates for the first time - a day after his two-year ban for drug use officially draws to an end.


Former Parramatta forward Steve Sharp sweeps to power at the club’s board elections, overthrowing the old board chaired by Roy Spagnolo. In the same year, South Sydney announce a $3 million sponsorship deal with Jamie Packer’s Crown casino just days after rival casino The Star decides not to renew its sponsorship.


Manly CEO Tim Cleary quits after just six months in the job. Meantime, at the Broncos they fight off a lucrative offer from Storm for Anthony Milford, re-signing him at Red Hill on a $4 million deal until the end of 2021.