Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: Happy Birthday Mal and Game 3 chat

July 8, 1980

First State of Origin.

Mal’s 20th birthday.

7 from 7 with the pointy end of an Adidas (?) footy boot.

Queensland 20 d. NSW 10.

Happy 55th Mal.



About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three kids - Theo13, Anna11, Evie10. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition is to lunch for Australia.


  1. Incidentally, MAL MENINGA OF QUEENSLAND is an anagram of FINE MAN – A LEGEND, NO QUALMS.

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