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This week in St George Illawarra history

Take a trip down memory lane with the St George Illawarra Dragons each week as we re-visit the highs and lows, triumphs and tribulations of the Red V.

1995

Illawarra Steelers coach Graham Murray is sacked by club management for his involvement with News Limited's Super League competition. Allan Fitzgibbon is appointed caretaker coach of the Steelers a couple of days later.

1999

Jamie Ainscough scores a hat-trick as St George Illawarra celebrate their first match at Wollongong's WIN Stadium with a resounding 32-12 defeat of the North Sydney Bears.

2000

St George Illawarra's 22-year-old back-rower Lance Thompson becomes one of the youngest players to reach the milestone of 100 first grade games when he takes the field against the Canberra Raiders. The Dragons run out 24-18 winners, courtesy of a Shaun Timmins double.

2008

Dragons hooker Mark Riddell becomes the first player to be sent from the field in 2002 when he is marched by referee Bill Harrigan for elbowing Bulldogs five-eighth Braith Anasta in the head. He is suspended for four weeks as the Dragons lose 33-14.

2008

The Dragons sign long-term Brisbane Broncos mentor Wayne Bennett to a three-year deal, beginning in 2009. Nathan Brown is informed 2008 would be the final year he would coach the Red V.

2009

Wayne Bennett returns to Suncorp Stadium for the first time since leaving the Broncos and plots a 25-12 victory for his new outfit St George Illawarra.

2013

Four-time premiership-winning St George hooker Ian Walsh, passes away in Forbes, aged 80. The 25-time Australian Test representative captain-coached the Dragons' in their 1966 grand final victory over Balmain.

2018

Winger Jason Nightingale stars for St George Illawarra in his 250th game for the club as the Dragons extend their undefeated start to the season with a 16-12 win over South Sydney in a gripping contest at Jubilee Oval.