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January 22: Kelly the rugged legend; Sea Eagles take flight

On this day, Noel Kelly is born and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles club is established.


NRL Hall of Fame member Noel Kelly was born. Widely regarded as one of the toughest men to have pulled on a boot, Kelly played 28 Tests for Australia and spent nine years playing for the Western Suburbs Magpies. In his time with the Magpies, he was sent off 17 times.


The inaugural meeting of the Manly Warringah club is held at the Soldiers' Memorial Hall in Manly. After entering the competition that year, the Sea Eagles have won eight premierships.


Australia, NSW and Roosters prop Craig Salvatori is born. The talented front-rower played two Tests in 1991 and five State of Origin matches between 1991-93.   

Former Eels and Knights coach Michael Hagan.
Former Eels and Knights coach Michael Hagan. ©NRL Photos


The NSW Government details plans for a 110,000 seat Olympic Stadium at Homebush. It was open in time for the 1999 NRL season. A crowd of 107,999 attended the '99 grand final.


Parramatta announces that Newcastle's Michael Hagan has signed a three-year deal to coach the Eels from 2007.


This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.