Cliffy went down softly, (jeez Cliffy he was a damn winger! 🤭😂)must've still had a bit of North Sydney in him! Luckily ol mate knocked it out of him right then and there!Fox Sports had 15 minutes highlights of Manly vs Penrith from 1986 on during the week. So enjoyable to see Phil Blake & Cliffy Lyons in the same team. Both of Manly's tries came from them. The only season they both played at Manly.
Much shorter clip on Youtube.
Arko had moved onto the NSWRL/ARL job well before Mitchell Cox joined the band.Bozo had Phil Blake on the wing for at least the first half of 1986. Such a waste imo, especially as Lyons was still at Leeds for a good chunk of the start of the Manly season and then he was at lock all year with Cox at #6 spot. I suppose given Arko had bought Cox as a #6 before Lyons signed they had to stick with him all season. Cox was at Manly in 87 but only on the bench for a handful of games. In 87 the halves were Hasler and M Meredith for the first month, with Cliffy on the bench. In 87 Cliffy got Manly #6 spot mid April, NSW Origin #6 spot mid July and won the Clive Churchill end of Sept.