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18 September 1965.

Sydney Cricket Ground – St George v South Sydney.

Grand Final*.

The stairwell at rear of the Sydney Showground Grandstand was packed.

Graham Percy guardian & guide – again.

Saints going for 10th premiership,

But beaten twice by Souths during year.

Great Expectations.

Ground overflowed**, all vantage points filled – roofs, inside fence, Showground.

Police moving roof sitters incurred loud disapproval. They concede.

Saints win! … Again.

People found spots on the grandstand roofs and inside the fence.

Notes:

* The Dragons won (12-8) and stretched their record to 10 consecutive premierships.

** The official attendance was 78,056 – the biggest sporting crowd Sydney had ever experienced. This did not include the people watching from vantage points outside the SCG (like the Showground) nor those who climbed onto the stand roofs. The number of people I have met who claim to have been at that game would suggest a much much higher crowd.

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Legendary Team, Team of Legends - 1964 Premiers.

Amidst milling, pushing hordes we find our seats:

Brewongle Stand.

Near an artist who painted,

Dragon breathes fire at toothless tiger.

“C’arn, Saints.” I yell.

“Shhh!” hushes guardian Graham.  “They’ve won too much!”

But legends capture the hearts of the young.

St George – a legendary and a team of legends.

Extras:

This follows on from yesterdays post 57. An early start to a great day and a great journey … .

Take a look at these team lists from Grand Final Day 1964 – 19th September.

The St George team was studded with stars … but Balmain had 5 players who would play key roles in the early stages of the Penrith Panthers elevation to the first grade competition. (And lay foundations for an intense rivalry.)

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Early spring, early morning – just sunrise.

Train boarded, tracks rattle.

Central.

Graham* – today’s guardian – guides us.

Through chaotic paths of chaotic people.

Through Central’s cavernous echoing hall.

Through the cavernous echoing main hall of Central Station

Downstairs onto Eddy Avenue.

Green buses lined up headed for the SCG.

The bus of the times.

Grand Final – expectations high.

Early arrival hopefully converts into good seats.

Notes:

* Graham Percy, from No. 28 Guildford Rd, older brother of my friend, Philip. We met the Percy’s back in 7. A Scary Eyeful

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