Monday Memories takes a trip down memory lane to bring you one of the great NRL regular-season finishes.
The scorer of the most famous last-gasp try in grand final history, Darren Albert reprised his match-winning role less than two years later in a dramatic Newcastle victory in 1999 at the SFS – with a little help from the famous ‘Gidley flick’.
St George Illawarra looked to have snatched a late victory in a see-sawing round 24 clash against the Knights when hooker Nathan Brown crossed for a brilliant try with three minutes on the clock.
Trailing 20-18, the Knights recovered the ball from a short kick-off. With less than two minutes remaining – and despite maestro Andrew Johns leaving the field injured – centre Matthew Gidley slipped a brilliant trademark flick pass to winger Darren Albert, who tiptoed down the sideline to win the game 22-20.
Albert scored the buzzer-beating try in the 22-16 Grand Final defeat of Manly at the same venue in 1997 that delivered Newcastle’s first premiership.
Ironically, Gidley and Brown worked together at the Knights as CEO and first-grade coach respectively until Gidley stepped down in September.