Dragons Win 1965 Premiership!
By SCG Trust
Few sports records last forever but it's difficult to imagine a precious few, like Don Bradman's Test average or the SCG record crowd, ever being overtaken.
An estimated 90,000 fans line the fences, roofs and garbage bins at the SCG to catch a glimpse of the 1965 rugby league grand final between St George and South Sydney.
The official total was 78,056 - an incredible 30,000 more than any attendance for a sporting or concert at the venue since.
Police had to shut the gates at 1pm, leaving hundreds to climb the adjoining showgrounds to see what they could of one of the grandest premiership deciders in the game's history.
It was captain-coach Norm Provan's final game in red and white as he became the only clubman to have played in all 10 grand final wins.
In a titanic struggle, St George held off an up and coming Souths side two tries to nil.
Esteemed sports writer Ian Heads was there as a cadet journalist.
"If great sporting grounds have a beating heart, the Sydney Cricket Ground's ticker would surely have skipped that day," he said.
"Ahead lay the most extraordinary, dangerous and overwhelming 24 hours in the ground's long history.
It was the perfect storm - the two glamour sides of long seasons matched in ultimate conflict, jousting for the title of 'Champions of the League'.
This Sunday the St George Illawarra Dragons and South Sydney Rabbitohs will celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the last premiership in sequence by Saints at the SCG.
St George Dragons 12. Tries: Smith, King. Goals: Langlands (3).
South Sydney Rabbitohs 8. Goals: Longbottom (3), Simms (1).
Game Day Activations
The fixture will be recognising and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Premiership - the last in the world record run of 11 Premierships between 1956-1966.
The Dragons will have a “History Walk” activation with different pieces of memorabilia celebrating the historic 11 Premiership wins between 1956-66 at the Victor Trumper Concourse (Level 1).
Jersey Information & Auction
The Dragons will also commemorate the occasion by wearing a special Heritage Jersey recognising the 11-straight Premierships and 85 players involved.
The Dragons player-worn Heritage Jerseys will be available for auction via the official website between Thursday, March 17-Thursday, March 24.