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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.

1921

St George play their first premiership match – coincidentally on St George’s Day – at the Sydney Sports Ground. In a match described as "not remarkable for brilliancy", Saints are beaten 4-3 by Glebe. Local junior George Carstairs scores the first try for the club.

1950

St George play their first game at a new venue, Kogarah Oval. A crowd of 12,500 turn out for the clash between Saints and Souths, won 17-15 by the Rabbitohs. Fortress Kogarah remains one of the Dragons' spiritual grounds to this day.

1976

All-time great and immortal Graeme Langlands announces his retirement following a club match between St George and Wests.

2002

St George Illawarra and the Sydney Roosters fight out a controversial, albeit the inaugural, Anzac Day clash before 20,588 fans at Aussie Stadium. The Dragons dispute two late calls by referee Tony Archer after they are beaten 24-20.

2005

St George Illawarra win a classic Anzac Day clash against the Sydney Roosters after halfback Mathew Head conjures a try for centre Matt Cooper in the final three minutes at Aussie Stadium. Head's sideline conversion delivers the Dragons a vital 26-24 victory.

2009

St George Illawarra five-eighth Jamie Soward produces one of the best games of his career as he leads a 29-0 Anzac Day defeat of Sydney Roosters.

2012  

A record crowd of 40,164 turns out at Allianz Stadium to watch St George Illawarra score a last-ditch 28-24 win over Sydney Roosters in a thrilling Anzac Day clash. St George Illawarra captain Ben Hornby breaks Norm Provan’s all-time appearance record for a Dragons player when he runs out for his 257th game.

2015  

Referee Gerard Sutton is forced to take the extraordinary step of halting play in the Anzac Day blockbuster between the Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra because of a fierce electrical storm that lashed Sydney. Lightning strikes and hailstones posed a threat to players and spectators, resulting in a 30-minute pause to proceedings. St George Illawarra lead 10-0 at the time and hold on to win 14-12. Dragons halfback Benji Marshall wins the Ashton-Collier Medal as man of the match.

2017

St George Illawarra re-signs prop Paul Vaughan until at least the end of the 2021 season. He has since extended until at least the end of the 2022 season.