Newcastle 22, Manly 16
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.”