TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016, is the 50th anniversary of the 11th and last grand final in St George’s unique premiership winning streak.
You can see large parts of the ABC’s telecast of the match on YouTube. The commentator is the late, great Norman May, with expert analysis by Trevor Allan.
Exactly 11 years after this famous day, St George would appear in another grand final on September 17: the 9–all draw with Parramatta in 1977. Saints would dominate the replay a week later, winning 22–0, the Dragons' first premiership since the 11 straight.
St George’s captain-coach in 1966 was Ian Walsh, who told Larry Writer in Never Before, Never Again: ‘If Saints had lost the premiership in my first year at the helm I would have looked for a rock to crawl under. I would have left the district and never come back. Thankfully, we beat Balmain in the grand final that year and although I was in charge when we were dethroned in 1967, they can’t take 1966 away from me.
‘We won the competition and we won it well.’