A Timeline of Manly's History til 2003

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A Timeline of Manly's History til 2003

4 Novemeber, 1946:
Two new clubs - Parramatta and Manly Warringah- are admitted in the NSWRL competition for 1947.

22 January, 1947:
The innaugural meeting of the Manly - Warringah club is held at the Soldiers Memorial Hall in Manly.

12 April, 1947:
Manly are narrowly defeated by Wests in their first premiership match, 15 - 13, at Brookvale Oval.

3 May, 1947:
In the club's fourth match of competition, Manly suffer a 61 - 11 loss to St George.

31 May, 1947:
After seven straight losses, Manly records their first win, 15 - 7, against fellow new-comers Parramatta at Brookvale Oval.

16 August, 1947:
A late season 23 - 12 win over Easts allows Manly to avoid finishing last in their debut season, The club has never won the wooden spoon in it's history.

8 October, 1949:
Roy Bull becomes the club's first Test Player when he plays in Australia's 13 - 10 win over New Zealand in Auckland.

22 July, 1950:
Manly hooker Kevin Schubert plays in Australia's historic 5 - 2 win over Great Britain. Schubert plays in all three tests - Our first ashes win in 30 years.

11 June, 1951:
Manly's former beach sprint champion Johnny Bliss, and local centre Gordon Willoughby make their test debuts against France at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

21 July, 1951:
Manly pair Wally O'connell and Kevin Schubert represent Australia in the 35 - 14 loss to France at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

8 September, 1951:
Appearing in the play-offs for the first time in their short history, Manly thrash Wests 37 - 9.

15 September, 1951:
Manly qualify for their first Grand Final with a convincing 18 - 8 win over St George in the preliminary final.

23 September, 1951:
Without the services of Captain-Coach Wally O'connell, Manly are no match for defending premiers Souths in the grand final, losing 42 - 14.

2 July, 1952:
Former Newcastle winger Jack Lumsden, the older brother of St George great Eddie Lumsden, makes his test debut against New Zealand.

24 July, 1954:
Winger Ron Rowles scores a club record 30 points (4 tries and 9 goals) in the 45 - 7 win over Canterbury.

21 August, 1954:
For the fourth straight season, Ron Rowles is the competitions leading point scorer. He scores a then club record 221 points (13 tries, 91 goals).

14 June, 1958:
Rex Mossop joins the ranks of Dual Internationals when he makes his test debut against Great Britain at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia wins 25 - 8.

15 August, 1959:
Manly take on the unbeaten St George team in the Grand Final, only to lose 20 - 0.

2 April, 1966:
Wollongong product Bob Fulton makes his debut for Manly in the 20 - 10 win over Norths. Fulton plays in all 20 matches for the club in his first season.

25 June, 1966:
Manly junior Bill Bradstreet makes his only Test appearance in the Australian forward pack, in the first test loss against Great Britain, 17 - 13.

16 July, 1966:
Former Queensland forward Mick Veivers takes his place in Australia's second test team. Veivers plays in the deciding two tests that retain the ashes.

10 September, 1966:
Manly narrowly miss the chance to qualify for their first grand final since 1959 when beaten by Balmain in the preliminary final, 8 - 5.

14 May, 1967:
Winger Les Hanigan scores a club record 5 tries in the 39 - 5 win over Cronulla. Hanigan finishes the year as the season's leading try scorer (16 tries).

10 June, 1967:
Les Hanigan scores two tries in his test debut against New Zealand. Australia wins the match 22 - 13 and Hanigan later tours with the 1967/68 kangaroos.

10 June, 1968:
21 year old Manly pivot Bob Fulton plays for Australia in the 20 - 2 win over France in the world cup final.

21 September, 1968:
After defeating Souths in the Major Semi Final, Manly lose the Grand Final 13 - 9 against Souths.

13 September, 1969:
Manly are beaten in the Preliminary Final by Balmain, 15 - 14, in sensational circumstances denying the club a place in the grand final against Souths.

19 September, 1970:
For the fifth time in the clubs history, Manly are bridesmaids at Grand Final time losing 23 - 12 to Souths.

11 September, 1971:
After finishing the season as Minor Premiers. Manly exit the Semi Finals with a 15 - 12 loss to St George.

16 September, 1972:
In the clubs 25th season in the NSWRL, Manly capture their first premiership with a 19 - 14 win over Easts in the Grand Final.

29 July, 1973:
Manly scores a club record 70 - 7 win over wooden-spooners Penrith at Penrith Park. The Sea Eagles score 14 tries with everyone being converted by Graham Eadie.

15 September, 1973:
In a vicious Grand Final against Cronulla, 2 tries to Bob Fulton prove the difference in Manly's 10 - 7 victory.

8 September, 1974:
Manly's bid to win a hat-trick of premierships is shattered by Wests, 23 - 20, in the minor semi final.

18 September, 1976:
Captain by Bob Fulton, the Sea Eagles defeat Parramatta 13 - 10 in the Grand Final.

15 July, 1978:
Australia wraps up the Trans-Tasman test series, with Manly coach Frank Stanton reuniting with former club great Bob Fulton at the helm of the test team.

3 September, 1978:
Manly and Parramatta draw a contentious semi final match 13 all. Three days later the Sea Eagles win the replay just as controversally, 17 - 11.

16 September, 1978:
Manly and Cronulla draw the Grand Final 11 all.

19 September, 1978:
Manly win a mid week grand final replay against Cronulla 16 - 0. Seven Sea Eagles players and coach Frank Stanton, are named in the kangaroo squad.

3 July, 1982:
Max Krilich becomes the clubs first Test Captain when he leads Australia to victory in the first test against New Zealand, 11 - 8 at Lang Park.

26 September, 1982:
Parramatta defeat Manly in the grand final, 21 - 8.

25 September, 1983:
Despite being runaway minor premiers, Manly are again no match for Parramatta in the grand final, losing 18 - 6.

27 September, 1987:
In the last grand final at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Bob Fulton coached Manly team defeats Canberra 18 - 8.

6 March, 1988:
Defending premiers Manly are thrashed 44 - 10 in the season opener by the newly promoted Brisbane club.

24 September, 1995:
In a major upset, minor premiers Manly are beaten 17 - 4 by the Terry Lamb inspired Bulldogs in the Grand Final.

29 September, 1996:
Manly win their 6th premiership by defeating St George in the grand final, 20 - 8.

6 October, 1996:
At the height of the super league war, Geoff Toovey captains Australia in the test win against Papua New Guinea, 52 - 6 in Port Moresby.

28 September, 1997:
In a stunning finish to the divided 1997 season, Newcastle pip Manly on the bell, 22 - 16, in the Grand Final of the ARL competition.

1 July, 1999:
Manly leagues club chairman, Ken Arthurson, publicly questions the Sea Eagles bid to remain a stand alone club in the 2000 NRL competition.

9 October, 1999:
Members of the Manly club vote in favour of a joint venture with the Norths club.

22 March, 2003:
Manly make their long-awaited return to the NRL but suffers a loss at the hands of North Queensland.

15 July, 2003:
Club chairman Paul Vautin resigns before the end of the season in order to bring stability to the troubled club at boardroom level.

5 August, 2003:
It is announced that Des Hasler will take over as first grade coach at Manly in 2004.


That's as far as it goes on the info I have. Still some pretty good reading. I might do another thread shortly with all stats from the entire Manly history for any that are interested.
A Timeline of Manly's History til 2003

ncie little write up mate
A Timeline of Manly's History til 2003



Took me ages to copy that from my "History of Rugby League clubs" book.

It's interesting to see how many more premierships Manly could have won and it also puts into perspective how good the Broncs have gone. It took Manly 25 years to win 1 premiership and the broncs have won 6 in 20 years.... bastards.
A Timeline of Manly's History til 2003

If anyone is interested in history, look out for a book "The Sea Eagle has Landed" traces the club right from the very beginning up til 1990. Am partway through it at the mo, good read

Another important date, occured on my b'day too ;)

4 Sept 1985

Manly sign Cliff Lyons
A Timeline of Manly's History til 2003

Manly has lost almost more grand finals than anyone else. The relief and jubilation in 72/3 was immense.

The 70s were a great decade for Manly supporters. :yeah:

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