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Nov 20, 1946 - a special day for Manly

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by BOZO, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. BOZO

    BOZO Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    “Nobody paid anybody because there was no money around. The only way you could get an outside player was to get him to live in the district six months prior to the season.”

    They were the words of Jack Martin in 1946, a leading Manly Junior League administrator who went on to serve two decades as secretary-manager of the Manly Leagues Club.

    Martin was referring to the first ever Manly Football Club meeting held on November 20, 1946. It was 69 years ago today.

    The meeting was held at a packed Luana Hall on Pittwater Road, Dee Why – now the site of the Dee Why RSL Club.


    In the book by Robert Smith, ‘The Sea Eagles Has Landed’, Martin recalled only eligible and available players under rugby league’s residential qualification rule were discussed at the meeting.

    Following Manly being granted entry into the 1947 NSWRL competition on November 4, 1946, 20 Manly juniors left neighbouring club, North Sydney Bears, to return ‘home’ to play for the Sea Eagles in their inaugural season.

    Walker says there were no guarantees of payment in the first season.

    “Finances weren’t discussed at the meeting, because in those days, just after the (Second World) War, you cut your suit according to your cloth, whatever you raised through the gate that’s what you paid out at the end of the season,’’ Martin says in the book.

    “The only committees they elected to raise extra money were in relation to football doubles and raffles and who would work on the turnstiles at Brookvale Oval on match day.

    “Whatever amounts we had from the gates at the end of the season it was split up amongst the players, something like 75 per cent of it went to the first graders.

    “We got good support from Warringah Shire Council on the use of Brookvale Oval for training and matches.

    “The meeting went on till about 11.30pm when one of the last buses to Manly appeared – most people travelled by bus in those days and they were anxious to catch it when they saw it coming around Long Reef.”

    The Sea Eagles celebrate their 70th Year Anniversary in 2016. Supporters wishing to become a 2016 Member have until 5pm today to join or renew their Membership if they want to receive their Membership pack in time for Christmas. All Membership packs are branded with the exclusive 70th Year Anniversary logo.
    Happy Anniversary . Go the mighty Sea eagles !!!
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  2. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Oh the irony of ZtH constantly dismissing the Manly Warringah District Rugby League Football Club as irrelevant - yet the Marketing department is promoting it's 70th anniversary year @:rolleyes:

    http://membership.manlyfootballclub.com.au/

    Bring back the double hooped jerseys !
     
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  3. Hamster Huey

    Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

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    Has there been any scope to update and re-issue 'The Sea Eagles Has Landed' since the initial release. Seems a missed opportunity to cover off the last 25 years which has seen perhaps our biggest highs (short of the maiden premiership) and crippling lows.
     
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  4. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    There must be a book replicating the worst posts on Silvertails. A suitable title would be: The Sea Eagles that shat in their own nests!
     
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  5. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    Robert Smith has been quite busy with the Cure, but they haven't toured for a while so he might have time for volume 2.
     
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  6. Hamster Huey

    Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

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    20 Oct 2011 -
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    Even the jokes need an update!!! :-D
     
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    The Insomniac Active Member

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  8. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    How come the first meeting was held 16 days after we were granted entry into the comp ?? I would have thought that the Football Club would have had to be up and running in order to have made a submission for entry into the NSWRL. Seems a bit odd.
     
  9. pjayz

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    Love the double hooped jerseys - the white with double maroon hoop is our best ever away jersey.
     
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  10. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    You got me!
     
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  11. Sea Eagle 4 Life

    Sea Eagle 4 Life Active Member

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    Haven't times changed!
     
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  12. Hamster Huey

    Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

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    Pretty sure that is the establishment of the 'Senior' club. It was the results from 1946 from the Manly team playing in the junior competition (Presidents Cup???) that earnt the promotion to the top grade.
     
  13. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    I guess @vidmar had trouble getting a venue, and not many members had email addresses in those days.
     

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