The play should never have worked. Even in Darren Albert's own words, "what sort of person would do that - in the last seconds of a grand final, who would go down the blind side?"
The answer: Andrew Johns does.
Top that remarkable stunt with an extra 20-odd metre run from Albert to ground the ball (one-handed, we might add) directly under the posts and that was it. The play that was never meant to be made makes history.
Darren Albert - the hero of the 1997 Newcastle Knights grand final victory - joins Barry Toohey in episode 23 of Toohey's News to go back through that one try and an entire footy career wrapped around it.
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Episode 24 of Toohey's News will publish next week.