On this day, Jamal Idris retires at the age of just 27, Nathan Fien's Kiwi selection sparks 'Grannygate', and Gus sends Ivan packing at the Panthers.
The mercurial Cliff Lyons was born on October 19, 1961. One of the most gifted ball-players of his generation, Lyons formed a legendary combination with Steve Menzies at Manly, laying on countless tries for the 'Beaver'.
Cliffy Lyons owned the Sevens
One of Queensland's favourite sons Dale Shearer signs with the South Queensland Crushers for their inaugural season in 1995. The former Manly, Brisbane and Gold Coast star would play 10 games for the Crushers in '95 before stints with Sydney City and North Queensland to round out his career.
The NRL board endorses a number of significant rule changes. The most significant is a rule which provides for a 20-metre restart if the ball is kicked from inside the 40-metre mark and goes dead or is taken dead by a player behind the goal-line.
Queensland axe long-serving State of Origin selectors Arthur Beetson, Les Geeves and Allan Smith. Coach Wayne Bennett, Des Morris and Gene Miles will form a three-man selection panel in 2001.
Penrith star Craig Gower declares himself no chance to tour with the Kangaroos because of the knee injury sustained in the Test against Papua New Guinea.
St Helens defeat Bradford 19-18 in the grand final of the British Super League at Old Trafford. Former Knight Darren Albert was on the wing for the victors, who were coached by Ian Millward. The Harry Sunderland Trophy for man of the match went to Bradford's Paul Deacon.
Former Australian front-rower Jim Morgan suffers a fatal heart attack while swimming at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast.
The ARL launches a formal complaint over the selection of Mt Isa-born halfback Nathan Fien in the New Zealand squad for the second Tri-Nations game. ARL chief executive Geoff Carr demands to see the birth certificate of Fien’s New Zealand-born grandmother. The Kiwis comply and although there are irregularities, Carr says he is powerless to act. “Who are we to argue?” he says.
Former South Sydney coach Jason Taylor is appointed Sydney Roosters Toyota Cup coach for 2011.
Cronulla captain Paul Gallen re-signs with the club until the end of 2015, meaning he is likely to play out his career with the Sharks. The one-club stalwart would go on to play 348 games for Cronulla, retiring at the end of the 2019 season when the Sharks bowed out to Manly in the semis.
Parramatta prop Justin Poore agrees to a two-year deal to play with English Super League club Wakefield.
Penrith boss Phil Gould sensationally terminates the contract of coach Ivan Cleary, claiming it was time for a change. Former Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin is announced as Cleary’s successor within 48 hours (October 21).
The Brisbane Broncos emerge as the surprise new home for Benji Marshall after it is revealed that Marshall has been in negotiations with the club over a one-year deal. The 31-year-old signs for a figure reported to be “only slightly above” the game’s minimum wave on October 21.
Successful Penrith lower-grade coach Garth Brennan is appointed head coach of the Gold Coast Titans. Brennan, who won two NSW Cup titles and a Holden Cup with the Panthers, beat premiership-winning South Sydney coach Michael Maguire and Broncos assistant Jason Demetriou for the job.
Injury-plagued Jamal Idris announces his retirement from the game at the age of 27. A former Dally M rookie of the year, Idris played with Canterbury, Gold Coast, Penrith and Wests Tigers and played one Origin for NSW and one Test for Australia.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.