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Today - September 16, 2020 - marks 48 years since the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles claimed their inaugural NSWRL first grade premiership title in 1972.

The Sea Eagles recorded a 19-14 victory over the Eastern Suburbs Roosters under Coach Ron Willey and the captaincy of Fred Jones.

It was Manly's sixth attempt at winning a premiership and came 25 years after entering the competition in 1947.

Sea Eagles v Roosters - Grand Final, 1972

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Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 

1 Graham Eadie,  2 Ken Irvine, 3 Ray Branighan, 4 Bob Fulton, 5 Max Brown, 6 Ian Martin, 7 Dennis Ward, 8 Bill Hamilton, 9 Fred Jones (c), 10 John O’Neill, 11 Allan Thomson, 12 Terry Randall, 13 Malcolm Reilly. Coach: Ron Willey

Everything that Ken Arthurson had done for the club had fallen into place. It was an unbelievable feeling.It was so exciting to finally be the premiers

Bob Fulton - The Sea Eagle Has Landed book

Eastern Suburbs Roosters

1 Allan McKean, 2 Jim Porter, 3 Harry Cameron, 4 Mark Harris, 5 Bill Mullins, 6 John Ballesty, 7 Kevin Junee, 8 John Armstrong, 9 Peter Moscatt, 10 Arthur Beetson, 15 Greg Bandiera, 12 John Quayle, 13 Ron Coote (c), bench 16 Laurie Freier. Coach: Don Furner

Match Details

Sea Eagles 19 (Jones, Branighan tries; Branighan 6 goals; Fulton field goal) d Roosters 14 (Ballesty, Mullins tries;  McKean 4 goals), Sydney Cricket Ground, 16 September 1972. Referee: Keith Page. Crowd: 54,357.