Due to the Monday night game this week and a double hernia operation, I watched a few games from 1989. That season was pretty tumultuous, the coach got the flick, Vautin, Daley, Shearer, Shaw, Gately, Burke all goners. Other players told to look elsewhere if they weren't happy. Some of the seasons problems were (obviously) not winning. Brookvale Oval playing field was pitiful. A bog heap from the start of the season to the end which hampered Manly's play. A lot of close losses and a bad start to the season losing the first 3 or four matches. Noel Cleal played only about 3 games during the season (and returned through the reggies with a couple of weeks to go). Funny how the Club survived with the core group of players, Toovey, Lyons, Hasler, Cleal, Cochrane,O'Connor, Jones, Cunningham and Dunford. Let's not forget the newbies, Ridge, Roberts and Bella. 1990 and 1991 can be looked upon as good seasons and the rest is history. Time will tell us what will evolve from the scoop reporting of Wiedler (haha). The obvious outcomes is they want out or they want contract upgrades/extensions to see out their careers.