Noel is 65, I’m 67.
I played against him and Les in the juniors in the very early 70’s.
Let’s just say when the Cleal boys tackled you , you bloody knew you were tackled.
I was maybe 15 , Noel 13, Les I think the same age as me.
They were absolute guns, even back then.
I became mates with Noel when he bought a pub at a place called Coolatai , after his retirement as a player , almost nothing there other than the pub.
I used to take motorcycle trips there with my Ulysses club.
I remember sitting beside Noel , and Bob Fulton , when watching my Moree team get absolutely smashed by the Jamie Lyon led , Wee Waa Panthers in the 2004 group 5 GF.
Noel said to me that day , tell no one , but Jamie is coming to Manly but has to sit out two years in the ESL as the Eels won’t release him.
A great fella is Crusher , but he probably should have retired from the football life a decade ago.