Former half-back and respected sports commentator John Gibbs has named Jamie Lyon as the only current player in his best ever Manly Warringah Sea Eagles team.
Asked to nominate his 1-17 team and a coach as part of the club’s 1500 first grade games milestone celebrations, Gibbs has named Lyon in the centres alongside ‘Immortal’ Bob Fulton.
Gibbs played 81 first grade games for Manly from 1976-82 and still remains a club favourite for his unique running style of head held high with the socks around the ankles. 'Gibbsy' can be heard weeknights hosting ‘SportsToday show’ (6pm-8pm) on Sydney radio station 2UE 954am.
John Gibbs’ team
1 Graham Eadie, 2 Ken Irvine 3 Bob Fulton 4 Jamie Lyon 5 Michael O’Connor, 6 Cliff Lyons 7 Geoff Toovey 8 Roy Bull 9 Max Krilich 10 John O’Neill, 11 Steve Menzies 12 Terry Randall 13 Malcolm Reilly; interchange 14 Des Hasler 15 Steve Norton 16 Paul Vautin 17 Alan Thompson. Coach: Bob Fulton
The mighty Sea Eagles have played 1499 first grade premiership matches and have won 8 premierships since their inception into the then NSWRL competition in 1947.
The current record stands at 868 wins, 595 losses, 36 draws. (This does not include matches as the Northern Eagles). The 1500th game will be played this Saturday night against the Cowboys.
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