Former Canberra premiership-winning captain Mal Meninga

On this day, Mal Meninga farewells Bruce Stadium, the first Amco Cup final was held and an Eastern Suburbs legend was born.

1926

Easts legend Ferris Ashton was born. He served in the Australian Navy towards the end of World War II before becoming a punishing second-rower for the Tricolours in 1950. He made his Test debut two years later, playing a key role in the 25-13 win over New Zealand. He was picked for the Kangaroos Tour the following year. He died in 2013.

1974

Coached by former Test star Johnny King, Western Division complete a fairytale run, when they defeat Penrith 6-2 in the final of the inaugural Amco Cup midweek knockout competition.

1988

1994

A ground record crowd farewells Mal Meninga in his final match at Bruce Stadium. The Raiders thump Wests 40-22. Five games later and Meninga captained the Raiders to their third premiership in their 36-12 win over the Bulldogs.

Mal Meninga and Laurie Daley after the '94 title win
Mal Meninga and Laurie Daley after the '94 title win ©NRL Photos

Also born on this day ... 

Broncos halfback Sean O'Sullivan (1998), player on the first Kangaroo Tour in 1908 Tom McCabe (1881-1960), former Rabbitohs and Cronulla outside back Paul Mellor (1974), Sharks winger Sione Katoa (1997)

 

This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.