We today continue ‘Our Proud History’ series as part of our 70th Year Anniversary. The Sea Eagles were granted entry to the 1947 NSWRL first grade competition on November 4, 1946.
Sea Eagles legend Graham Eadie had a game to remember on this date, April 21, in the 1974 NSWRL season.
Eadie scored a try and kicked four goals in Manly’s 20-11 win over Western Suburbs Magpies in round four on a Sunday afternoon at Brookvale Oval in front of a crowd of 10,021.
‘Immortal’ Bob Fulton, William Hamilton and Kevin Junee also crossed for tries for Manly. Tommy Raudonikis scored the Magpies’ lone try with John Dorahy kicking four goals.
Having lost their opening match of the season, the victory over Wests was part of a four game winning streak for the Sea Eagles.
Manly finished the regular season in second position before Western Suburbs ended their season in the minor semi-final (23-20) at the SCG.
Eadie scored 10 tries and kicked 93 goals that season for a personal tally of 216 points for the then 20-year-old.
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Manly’s playing record on April 21
Played 6: Won 3, lost 3
Rd 3, 1951: Canterbury-Bankstown 26 d Manly 15, Belmore Sports Ground.
Rd 4, 1956: Canterbury-Bankstown 14 d Manly 11, Belmore Sports Ground.
Rd 3, 1962: St George 20 d Manly 8, Sydney Cricket Ground.
Rd 4, 1968: Manly 21 d Parramatta 18, Sydney Sports Ground.
Rd 4, 1974: Manly 20 d Western Suburbs 11, Brookvale Oval. Grahame eadie
Rd 6, 1985: Manly 10 d Balmain 6, Brookvale Oval.