Max Whitehead

Backrower who played for North Sydney (1942-1946) before joining Manly in 1947. Whitehead was Manly's first captain. He played 20 games in 1947 and 1948, scoring 4 tries.

The handsome Whitehead a 'barrell chested' champion lifesaver was the original model for 'Chesty Bond' and also a professional wrestler fighting (performing?) under the name of Max Steyne.

The multi-skilled Max was also a professional chicken sexer and after the 1948 season took up a position at a Tamworth hatchery. He played league there, but his employer, concerned about the potential dangers of playing in the forwards, insisted that he only play fullback.

He returned to Manly in 1952 to take up a role in administration. In 1908 Max was still living at Manly looking "a million dollars". In the words of Peter Peters:

"Maxie is as tough as teak and his body remains amazingly supple and strong for the octogenarian who is a regular on the Manly beachfront."
[Manly Daily 8 Mar 2008]

Max passed away in 2010.
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[Sources: W&H 2005, p 135; Smith 1991.]


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