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The Fibros And The Silvertails ABC doco

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by DUFFMAN, Jan 26, 2011.


    DUFFMAN Well-Known Member

    +569 /8
    This was replayed last night on ABC, 1st time I have seen it.

    The Fibros And The Silvertails is the story of the feud between two football teams that turned into a war about class and alleged corruption.
    The teams are Wests and Manly. The year is 1978. This is a film about football, class and place. It is a social history and a sports history.
    The film explores the different areas that are the Western Suburbs and Manly in the 1970s. Manly represent the new face of the game. A wealthy club, they can afford to restock their team with imported players. They have won the premiership three times in the last decade. Wests have to look back to 1952.
    In 1978, a new coach, Roy Masters, takes over at Wests. He starts to inspire the team with something new, the language of class war. He coins a new phrase - fibros versus silvertails - to describe the struggle of working class teams and fans in the Western Suburbs against the elite of the city's north and east.
    In the ensuing season, ideological inspiration and violence come up against money and power and the film explores the clashes on the field as well as the contest off the park.
    Wests and Manly meet four times in 1978. The first game is an exhibition match in Melbourne, a bloody game that initiates the feud. Wests win an equally tough game at Lidcombe Oval, while Manly take revenge at Brookvale. At the end, we return to the final at the Sydney Cricket Ground. By now the entire game is overshadowed by controversy involving referee Greg Hartley.
    The film features interviews with Tom Raudonikis, Roy Masters, Les Boyd, Max Krilich, Graham Eadie, Greg Hartley and many others, and includes footage of key games not seen for 30 years.
    At the start of the 1978 season Wests and Manly are just two teams among many. By the end, they are bitter rivals. Animosity will linger for years. The words 'fibros' and 'silvertails' will become part of Australia's sporting vernacular. And everyone will have two teams; their own and the team playing Manly.
  2. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +10,565 /215
    An interesting doco but it doesn't tell the full story. Required viewing nonetheless for Sea Eagles fans.
  3. Normie

    Normie Well-Known Member

    +489 /4
    I remember this like yesterday! Loved going to Brooky to watch Manly v Westies from Under 21's thru to 1st's. Brawls all the way through......
  4. SwornEagle

    SwornEagle Well-Known Member

    +200 /3
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    +0 /0
    no doubt its old mate ..  thy werent west tigers all their life..
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    that was the tough era,, not like todays standards where the weak conquer..
  6. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,383 /74
    Every second tackle in those games would be a send off according to today's rule book!

    How long would divers like Hayne have lasted in that era?
  7. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    Is this the same program that one can buy on DVD?  Sounds like the one I have.
  8. Moondog

    Moondog What's up Darth? Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +5,287 /51
    Remember the hit Terry Randall put on Dallas Donnelly. Donnelly was'nt a small bloke. Stopped him dead in his tracks. Wish we had someone who could tackle like that now!
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    I thought Roy Masters was a wanker in those days and I have'nt changed my mind!
  9. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,610 /80
    Our forwards could learn a bit from Igor. Would love to have someone with his starch in our side at the moment instead of some of the powderpuffs masquerading as props.
  10. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

    +480 /0
    Well,just watched it after downloading it,My lack of respect for Tommy is now bigger,that guy is the absolute biggest tool i have ever had the displeasure of listening to whilst watching a documentary

    Masters on the other hand i think had nothing but a strange strategy ,ultimately it failed but it got us the hatred from the general public which we enjoy and got his team a minor premiership

    Hartley,i wasnt alive back then so i cant really comment,he did make a blunder which gave us a bit of a leg-up but a team as brave as the 1978 Sea Eagles deserved to win the season,heart and skill means they couldnt be beaten
  11. zambuck

    zambuck Active Member

    +112 /1
    hi guys calling all others wankers etc if you were not there zap it in those days all teams had after game socials and all players .coaches and families would gather in the unlicensed premises in federal pde where the current car park is and take it from me all players socialised and all were mates after the game don't forget the media pushed the silvertails and fibro bit and roy masters was also a media man as well
    the whole manly warringah area back then was mainly housing commision which the majority was made of fibro . i had many great nights of socialising with all players of that era and while vicious on the field they were no different to today's players after the game so instead of knocking these former players and coaches remember if it was not for these some of the intense rivalries would never had been
    and boy could i tell some tales but never will.  zambuck member 45 years plus and as mad as a cut snake manly forever bring back magilla as CEO and egor as tackling coach not bad for a light weight kid started of as a centre but turned into the most hated tackler by his forward peers
  12. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

    +494 /0
    Loved it the one where he snaps Dallas in half.
  13. zambuck

    zambuck Active Member

    +112 /1
    our best tacklers that i recall that would wipe out any player today was Igor and Ronnie Gibbs these guys were just a cut above the rest and had no idea of self preservation, no one ever got past these two they knew when and how to hit and not once hit a player high but waist down that's why they were held in high esteem if you could see Igor now he could still knock them down and has always kept fit lets push and see if we can get him involved in the tackling technique of our team
  14. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

    +480 /0
    Zambuck,Silvertails drink expresso's
    Lol man just lol,They would drink anything but an expresso
    Im imagining a mochachino with tiny marshmellows in it

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