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Year 5 - 1999

Celebrations for the Club's fifth season included the catchcry "Five Years of Footy" and a wave of new signings.

Noel Goldthorpe, hero of NSW Tri Series win over QLD in 1997, and Paul Green were just two higher profile players signed for the year.

Other notable signings were NSW Tri Series representative Mathew Ryan and QLD Tri Series representative centre Geoff Bell.

With such quality players on side, much was expected, but again the season ended disappointingly with a second last place in the 17 team competition.

The annual local derby clash with the Brisbane Broncos resulted in a hard fought draw, and was the highlight of the season attracting a packed house.

Significantly the one millionth spectator came through the gates of the Cowboys stadium, now renamed "Dairy Farmers Stadium."

This was a major achievement for any sporting organisation in just five years.

Success on the field was eagerly sought by all associated with the Cowboys.

Halfback Paul Green bought glory to the Cowboys when he became the Club's first State of Origin representative.

Another highlight was an away win against Auckland which featured the debut of New Zealander Brian Jellick, who went on to make his debut for New Zealand from North Queensland.

Season statistics

  • Captain: Noel Goldthorpe
  • Coach: Tim Sheens
  • Principal Sponsor: Overflow
  • Won 4, lost 19, drew 1
  • Points for 398, points against 588
  • Highest point scorer: Noel Goldthorpe 60 points (1 try, 28 goals)
  • Finished: 16th (17 team competition)

Representative players/coaches

  • Paul Green: Qld State of Origin
  • Brian Jellick, John Lomax: New Zealand