60 years of manly!! name the best team

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1. graham eadie
2. ken irvine
3. bob fulton
4. Micheal O'connor
5. Dale Shearer or Mathew Ridge (shearer maybe more suited to wing, i think ridge was better tho)
6. Cliff lyons
7. Geoff Toovey
8. Malcolm Reilly
9. Max Krilich
10. Mark Carroll
11. Noel Cleal
12. Steve Menzies
13. Paul Vautin

How good would it be?? Tell me yours

The Wheel

Premium Member
Hill (1995 version not 2005)
John Oneill
Kevin Ward


I was going to go off the above team and change it from there but I can't fault yours Wheel. The only thing I was iffy about was Hill in the centres (was thinking of Innes) but the 95 version wasn't too bad!

The Wheel

Premium Member
I tossed up between Hill & Innes actually.

I always remember Wards effort the 1987 GF - as good as Roberts was he was too injury prone for mine. Roy Bull was another option at prop he played 22 tests for Australia!

Canteen Worker

First Grader
1. Wombat Eadie (though Ridge gets honourable mention)
2. Ken Irvine - Best winger ever in League History
3. Bobby Fulton - Immortal
4. Ray Branighan - Great utility centre
5. Mick O'Connor - Can't be left out.
6. Cliffy Lyons - just ahead of Ian Martin
7. Geoff Toovey - just ahead of Des who was inspirational
13. John O'Neill - the hard man who was pillar of first two premierships
12. Max 'Bombthrower' Krilich - ahead of Fred Jones
11. Ian Roberts - more mobile than Kevin Ward
10. Steve Menzies - Manly legend and greatest ever tryscoring forward.
9. Terry Randall - Best defender and toughest forward I can remember (His son didn't study his tapes!)
8. Mal Reilly - Genuis, tough and creative, changed the way the game was played.

(Numbers done the old way as that is how I remember those Manly greats. Only Beaver has the wrong number to the one he played in!!)


14. Noel Crusher Cleal
15. Kevin Ward
16. Ian Martin
17. Nik Kosef

Hard to leave Danny Gartner and Fatty Vautin out of the squad but they just don't quite make it! BK needs to play in a Grand Final side or a contender to make the grade but he would have to be close as well. Ridge, Russell Gartner, Tom Mooney, Dale Shearer, Des Hasler, John McDonald and Craig Innes were hard to leave out as well.

Trivia: Only one of my mentioned squad never played in a premiership winning team. Who???


Have seen every team well since 1982. Some players are based on what I have read as they played before my time. Also some players are out of position. Anyway, using today's numbers:

1. G Eadie
2. K Irvine
3. B Fulton (c)
4. M O'Connor
5. D Shearer
6. C Lyons
7. D Hasler

8. M Carrol
9. M Krilich
10. I Roberts
11. N Cleal
12. T Randall
13. M Reilly

14. G Toovey
15. S Menzies
16. R Gibbs
17. J O'Neill

Chip and Chase

True Supporter
Staff member
Premium Member
Tipping Member
My team would be as follows. This is by no means the "best" team in terms of skill or ability, but is purely my own personal team of players that I enjoyed watching for a multitude of various reasons, some of which I couldn't even explain. Let's just say they are my "favourites". Also it is only taken from 1978 onwards, when my tragic love of the Maroon and White began.

1. Graham Eadie
2. Dale Shearer
3. Russel Gartner
4. Craig Innes
5. Michael O'Connor
6. Cliffy Lyons
7. Phil Blake

8. Ian Roberts
9. Max Krilich
10. David Gillespie
11. Terry Randall
12. Steve Menzies
13. Nik Kosef

14. Owen Cunnigham
15. Ronnie Gibbs
16. Mark Carroll
17. Noel Cleal

(18. Chris Close - if we have to have a reserve back)


First Grader
Certainly Phil Blake at half. By far the most talented of all our halves.

I cannot believe that manly let him go.

Canteen Worker

First Grader
I was glad he left. He had blinding acceleration and was a rare talent but he was not a premiership half. Hasler filled the breach and complemented Cliffy in a way that Blake never would have. Blake was sensational on the wing in one season!!


UFO Hunter
Hill (1995 version not 2005)
Jason King
Kevin Ward


First Grader
I was glad he left. He had blinding acceleration and was a rare talent but he was not a premiership half. Hasler filled the breach and complemented Cliffy in a way that Blake never would have. Blake was sensational on the wing in one season!!

I cant believe what I just read.

Hasler was average at best. He was tough but low on talent. Blake made him look ordinary.

Didn't Blake take Manly to successive Grand Finals '82 and '83?

27 tries in '83

The Wheel

Premium Member
Byso, you are kidding if you think Hasler was just 'average'. He was a machine that never stopped tacking or attacking. He replaced Blake at half back in 1984.

Yes Manly did make consecutive GFs but Parra completely exploited Blake's defence & fragile confidence in those games.


First Grader
Please, so Blake cost us those loses?

I'm sure the blame would be on more than one player wheel.

The Wheel

Premium Member
Have a look where all Parras attacked was aimed at and the number of tackles he missed. He was supposed to be our trump card/match winning half back but he never fired a shot in either game ( a part from a try when he fell on a bomb in 1982).

I think if you would ask any parra player who played that day about thier opinion of him and I think you will find the answer to your question.
Team P W L PD Pts
17 14 3 141 34
17 12 5 118 30
17 11 6 125 28
18 11 7 209 26
18 10 7 97 25
17 9 8 63 24
17 9 8 46 24
18 10 8 3 24
17 9 8 -56 24
17 8 9 -91 22
18 8 10 25 20
17 7 10 -90 20
18 8 10 -97 20
18 7 10 -34 19
17 6 11 -89 18
17 4 13 -153 14
18 4 14 -217 12
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