IN NEVER BEFORE, NEVER AGAIN, Billy Smith — the greatest halfback St George has ever had; maybe the greatest halfback any rugby league team has ever had — remembered the first time he met a giant who would have an enormous influence on his career …
‘In 1958, when I was 16, I played in a President’s Cup grand final at Prince Edward Park, where the St George Leagues Club now stands. After the game I ran across the Princes Highway to Kogarah Jubilee Oval to watch Saints firsts play.
‘At full-time, instead of jumping the fence to race for the corner posts like all the other kids, I went straight to Norm Provan and shook his hand. I couldn’t afford an autograph book at the time, so I just shook his hand. He and I have been best friends ever since. He recognised me later when I came up through grade and he took me under his wing.’