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Norm Provan & Arthur Summons The Gladiators

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This is a magnificent piece of Rugby League Legends memorabilia, its a Limited edition item numbered of 200. This famous photo captulated the 1963 grand final and is the current NRL trophy symbol a real collectors item.
Signed By: Norm Provan & Arthur Summons
Product SKU: coll-leg
Dimensions: 800mm x 700mm.
Limited Edition: 1 of 200.
Certificate of Authenticity: YES
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Product Description

Here at Screpgraph we have come across one of greatest NRL memorabilia items ever to be seen featuring Norm Provan & Arthur Summons. The 1963 Grand Final was arguably the most controversial of all. A crowd of 69,860 (then a record) packed the SCG to witness St George claim their eighth Grand Final in a row. From the opening whistle the decider was a grueling affair played in quagmire conditions, which made players from both teams unrecognisable. The games No.1 Referee at the time Darcy Lawler was known for enjoying the odd flutter. A number of Wests players to this day believe St George received an unusual amount of favorable decisions. Just before halftime Wests had what appeared to be a fair try disallowed. Then with only 15 minutes remaining and Saints clinging to a slender 5-3 lead, Johnny King raced through the mud down the touchline and appeared to be tackled just before the try line but not held. He got up only to be bowled over again but still not held and with no marker in front of him proceeded to the try line to score what would be the match winner. The debate has raged on for many years with Johnny King claiming he was told to play on, and Wests legend Noel Kelly believing his side was robbed. This was a bitter pill to swallow as Wests were defeated for the third time in as many years by St George in the Grand Final. At the end of the match, a magic moment was captured by photographer John O ‘Gready of rival captains Norm Provan and Arthur Summons. The photo entitled THE GLADIATORS has won many international awards and epitomises the symbol of Rugby League mateship. The image is now immortalized in bronze and is presented to the Grand Final winner.

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