New­cas­tle 22, Manly 16

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Ray War­ren’s spine-tin­gling call of the last few sec­onds of this game was burned into fans’ mem­o­ries as Andrew Johns put Dar­ren Al­bert over for the try that split a 16-16 dead­lock. “Al­bert will score! Al­bert will score! New­cas­tle have won the grand fi­nal!”

Marc Glanville cer­tainly won’t for­get. The long-serv­ing lock was play­ing his last game for the Knights that day and fondly re­mem­bers the game – and the week of cel­e­bra­tions that fol­lowed.

“It was in­cred­i­bly spe­cial,” he says. “The amount of peo­ple who lined the streets to send us off to Syd­ney for the game, and there were 10,000 peo­ple on the street out­side the New­cas­tle Work­ers’ Club when our bus pulled up af­ter the win.

“We had a ticker-tape pa­rade on the Tues­day, fol­lowed by a Scream­ing Jets con­cert. We cel­e­brated all week be­cause it meant so much to us and the town. When you’re a one-team town it means ev­ery­one buys in.

“That feel­ing when Dar­ren Al­bert scored, it’s hard to ex­plain. I’ve never felt any­thing like the emo­tion of that day. It re­ally is like you’re jump­ing out of your skin.”

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