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Cliff Lyons

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by SeaEagle9413, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. SeaEagle9413

    SeaEagle9413 Forward Pass

    +360 /60
    Would anyone here give Napper a chance at coaching our Telstra Premiership side? I reckon he would do an awesome job! He is one of the clubs legends and he seems to know the game very well.

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    • Eagleheart

      Eagleheart Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    • Bearfax

      Bearfax Well-Known Member

      +2,845 /76
      Cliff was apparently doing an excellent job with the Narraweena side a while back. But not sure about Cliff as a coach at a higher level. I'd like to think he would be up to coaching well but so much of his skill was innate, something that just cant be taught ....or at least I dont think it can.

      I would like to think that Cliff's amazing timing ability could be taught to the next generation, but I wonder if he even knows himself how he does it. It seemed so instinctive on the field even when I first saw him playing for Norths in the centres.

      There's no question the players under his supervision would be in awe and respect him greatly, given his iconic status. But would he be able to teach his skills to the next generation. I would seriously hope so.
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        PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

        +965 /80
        Coach,the injuries we have he could propably play.He's fit enough i reckon.
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        • sheridanstand78

          sheridanstand78 Well-Known Member

          +3,329 /51
          Cliffy even if he wanted to would never get a chance to coach while ever Penn and zth own this club. You see being a board member of the football club means not being aligned with our present owners who's agenda is to shut down opposition like the football club.

          Cliff surely could not do any worse than what we are seeing dished up by our team.
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          • susan

            susan Well-Known Member

            +2,152 /33
            Love Cliffy but the modern boring structured game would drive him to his grave early ... Like getting Picasso to teach finger painting.
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            • bob dylan

              bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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              Only if he is prepared to change his name to Fulton.

              Clifford Fulton
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              • EagleFromMay1967

                EagleFromMay1967 In bed before the room got dark.

                Blue Mountains these days
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                The game has moved on (rightly or WRONGLY) since the days when Cliffy was great. It almost seems like a different sport to the one that was played by him - late 80's - 90s' . The only credible way for this to happen would be for him to have a thorough and intense apprenticeship in the ESL or lower grade here or even be 'water boy' (I hate that term) for the current team, much in the same way that 2V did. And yes, actually doing it, in the current climate, would probably kill him.
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                • Little Grubber Kick

                  Little Grubber Kick Active Member

                  +277 /11
                  I'd love to see Cliffy involved in the next Manly revival.....

                  Re the game 'moving on' well 10 November 1990 was the day Cliffy played his first test for Australia and the game reached its pinnacle......the best game I have witnessed by a mile (well perhaps the 2008 GF came close :)). Very glad I recorded the whole game (and even acquired the official game day program).

                  some highlights (may be more out there)

                  the highlights don't really do it justice it was spectacular the whole way through, Cliffys try a absolute bottler!

                  Yep, Rugby League reached its pinnacle this day and maintained a plateau there for the next 6-7 years before the Super League cancer arrived.

                  but I still believe the genuine talent of the '90s could teach a thing or 2 today
                • pjayz

                  pjayz Well-Known Member Premium Member

                  +2,590 /54
                  He is my favourite player of all time. I have never seen someone who could create something almost every time he had the ball in the opposition's 20. He was a magician.
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                  • Enigma

                    Enigma Active Member

                    +198 /8
                    I hope he does not coach NRL for his own sanity. I wonder if anyone has ever been successfully taught the skill of putting someone thru a gap like Cliffy or Fittler or Johns, because it seems to me almost impossible to learn. I used to love running off someone with these skills and quickly learnt who had the skill. The majority who can't do it never improve I found. Sir Cliff Lyons was the best, easily, I have seen at this. I wonder if he had any success passing on his skill?
                  • HappilyManly

                    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

                    +11,495 /254
                    Cliffy has huge success in coaching Narraweena Hawks A grade. No politics, just good footy.:)


                    He coached our NSW a while back in 2012 and only lasted the year. Too much for him to deal with around the actual game :(

                    Cliffy is the FC representative on the Franchise Board - he has the right temperament to sit through the insults of our District Club :angel:
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                    • Woodsie

                      Woodsie played strong, done good.

                      +5,285 /108
                      Problem with coaching lower grades is you are not your own boss.

                      The attack and defense patterns are all dictated by the FG coach and your job is to get players ready to step up and know the plays.

                      You are even told which facets of a players game the FG coach wants you to work on. eg, Mateo comes back to reggies and Barrett may tell willo that he wants Mateo to concentrate on Blah blah. The reggies coach may end up with 8 different players all told to concentrate on different Blah Blahs.

                      Takes a certain type of character to succceed at coaching reggies and only a few go on to NRL success.
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                      • Woodsie

                        Woodsie played strong, done good.

                        +5,285 /108
                        Not related but not worth a new thread.

                        driving through Coff's Harbour today and saw the following maroon plate.


                        Surely can only mean 1 thing. Does anybody know it?
                      • The Who

                        The Who Well-Known Member

                        Mona Vale
                        +4,942 /104
                        The Walker Brothers brought flair and unorthodox play to coaching with great success. I'd like to see this happen at Manly, and there was no more instinctive player than Cliff.
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                        • manlyfan76

                          manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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                          My only ball playing skill was cuting out useless players and passing to the gun players and following them, made me look better than i was many times.
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                          • Little Grubber Kick

                            Little Grubber Kick Active Member

                            +277 /11
                            well that is a bit of a giggle, but what is funnier is how a gun player will only pass to another player in a 'gun' position, and funnier still how the really gun players manage to get themselves into the 'gun' positions, so you end up with gun players passing to gun players.....funny but that is how you win competitions......@;)@:)@:smirk:
                          • Jerry1

                            Jerry1 Well-Known Member

                            +2,491 /82
                            Eleventh of the eleventh is rememberance day. Must be mourning what has happened to our club.
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                            • Woodsie

                              Woodsie played strong, done good.

                              +5,285 /108
                              Thought Beaver.
                            • germaneagle

                              germaneagle Member

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                              Cliff Lyons was a legend player the best that Manly has ever had. It would be cruel to hook him up with the pack of losers we have playing for us now days and the incompetent coaching staff and administration.

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