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Our Feature Image, 1959 All Blacks

A picture is worth a thousand words. The featured picture in our Memorial is a famous match against the British and Irish Lions in 1959. It was the third match in the series, and the All Blacks were up 2–0 in the series. That did not deter 57,000 people packing into Lancaster Park, taking up every vantage point. Notice the Scotsmen’s Grandstand behind the No.3 stand. The Illustrated History of Lancaster Park by Joseph Romanos and Don Neely tells the story of Alex Crowe, who negotiated with the neighbours to build this temporary facility for all 3 Lions matches at Lancaster Park that year. Alex was the father of NZ-born actor Russell Crowe. Kiwi ingenuity! For the record the All Blacks won the test 22–8 to wrap up the series 3–0.