Allan, known to us as "Earnie the Eagle" joined Silvertails in 2009 and quickly became part of the Silvertails family when he posted this request for help to re-unite him with his fathers badge that he lost at a game. In true Silvertails spirit the community pulled together to see if we could find his valued item. The story eventually had a happy ending, with Eagles Nest 08 eventually donating a badge he owned to Earnie. From then on, Earnie was hooked and he became a massive and respected figure of our community
Just who was Earnie? well he didn't give too much away in public, but such was his popularity that many of us held rich private conversations with a man rich on values and character.
He had seen every one of Manly's 8 premiership victories live. No mean feat. Not many people around with that claim to fame, especially those with the ability to remember them all and still have the 90c entry ticket to prove it. More to the point, to have the ability to engage with the current generation over the internet and via a forum that unites those with his shared passion, something that must have seemed almost beyond comprehension back in 72.
We were all shocked to learn in March of 2013 to be informed of his passing, by his son Anthony, who logged into Earnie the Eagle's account to give us the sad news. He also shared some great stories of this passionate Manly supporter.
He once went to buy a new car from a dealer in Goulburn where he lived, he was wearing his manly shirt. The owner happened to come out just before he signed all the paperwork and made the mistake of putting s**t on Manly, well Dad got the papers in his hand and ripped them into pieces and told them in no uncertain terms where they could stick the place and went to Canberra to buy his new car.
He used to take my brother, sister and I to see Manly as often as he could, but he only brainwashed my younger brother and some of his grandchildren.
Mum did say to him last year "where are you going to put the next wall up in the house for all your Manly things" He told her " There are priorities in life, Manly comes first, we will simply have to move to another larger house"
Mum did however did draw the line with him when he wanted to paint the house maroon and white. He didn't speak to her for a week after she told him that
Earnie was remembered in this thread and it's worth reading and remembering.
Vale Allan aka Earnie the Eagle