CAPTION: Manly's inaugural first grade team: Back row (l-r) C 'Kelly' McMahon, Merv Gillmer, Keith Kirkwood, Harry Grew, Johnny Bliss (middle row l-r) Jim Hall, A 'Bert' Collins, Max Whitehead (captain), Mackie Campbell, Jim Walsh; front row (l-r) Ernie Cannon, Gary Maddrell, Pat Hines.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles were saddened to hear of the passing of Ernie Cannon, aged 94.

Cannon played in Manly Warringah’s inaugural first grade premiership match against Western Suburbs at Brookvale Oval on Saturday, April 12, 1947. The Magpies won 15-13.

It was Cannon's only first grade game for the Sea Eagles. His player record number is 4.

Off the field, Cannon made an enormous contribution to sport on the Northern Beaches through the Parkside and Evergreen Tennis centres.

A funeral for Ernie Cannon will be held at Harbord Catholic Church at 11am on Tuesday December 8. The Sea Eagles pass on their condolences to the family.

Read about the Sea Eagles first season in 1947 here