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January 24: Bevan the try-scoring king; Easts established

On this day, the Eastern Suburbs club comes into being and the game's greatest try scorer is born. 


Paddington Town Hall was the scene for the formation of the Eastern Suburbs club. Harry "Jersey" Flegg was appointed Easts’ first captain - one of many hats he wore in that first season.


Try-scorer extraordinaire and NRL Hall of Fame member Brian Bevan is born. After playing just six matches in Australia (and not scoring a try), Bevan spent the rest of his career in England, amassing an incredible 796 tries in 696 matches. Bevan died in 1991.


Australia, NSW, Parramatta and Manly player Jamie Lyon is born. As well as playing eight Tests and 10 State of Origin matches, Lyon played 70 matches for the Eels and 224 for Manly following a controversial move.

Jamie Lyon playing for Parramatta.
Jamie Lyon playing for Parramatta. ©NRL Photos


The Tooheys Challenge is launched 630 metres below the earth’s surface in a goldmine at Cobar. The NSW town also hosted a Cup semi-final with Brisbane beating North Sydney 36-6. The Broncos went on to win the final against Cronulla.


News Limited chief executive Ken Cowley says Super League has cost his company $100 million. 


Illawarra Steelers, Hunter Mariners and Newcastle Knights forward Neil Piccinelli announces his retirement. A rangy back-rower, Piccinelli scored 40 tries and kicked 23 goals during his 188-match career.


Sydney Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello is named in a preliminary NSW State of Origin squad despite not having played for seven months after back surgery. Six newcomers are named; Ryan Hoffman (Melbourne), Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers), Dean Young (St George Illawarra), Ben Creagh (St George Illawarra), Anthony Tupou (Sydney Roosters) and Reni Maitua (Bulldogs).


Former St George great and inaugural captain of the Cronulla Sharks, Monty Porter, dies in Sydney, aged 75.


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