"In this hotel, on August 29th 1895 was founded
the Northern Rugby Football Union, known since 1922 as
the Rugby Football League."
George Hotel Huddersfield, quoted in Moorhouse 1989, p
in the press by the rugby union authorities and newspaper
editors as being 'the serpent of professionalism', rugby
league was predicted to be 'nothing more than a nine-day
Fagan, 'New Game Thrilled Fans, Upset Purists', Daily
Telegraph, 17 April 2008, p 64.]
"As the boats entered the harbour Phillip was
greatly impressed by an incident which occurred when the
fleet passed a particular point of land: some twenty
natives waded out to the boats, unarmed, confident and
friendly, to examine them and willingly accept the gifts
the white men offered. So impressed was the Governor that
he named the place Manly Cove, as a tribute to the manly
bearing of these dark men. And so it was that Manly, the
township that has grown so rapidly on the north side of
the harbour, was the first place within Port jackson to
receive a name." [McDonald & Henderson 1975,
"There was great
excitement and enthusiasm among League followers in the
Manly district, and Luana Hall on Pittwater Road, Dee Why
was packed for the fledgling club's inaugural meeting on
the night of Wednesday, November 20, 1946. ... That late
spring evening was a stimulating climax to a momentous
year in the creation of the Manly-Warringah District
Rugby League Football Club."
1991, page 23.]
premiership opponent was Western Suburbs at Brookvale
Oval on Saturday April 12 . Max Whitehead, one of Manly's
most experienced players having played at Norths since
1942, was the first captain. Whitehead was a
barrell-chested champion lifesaver, who would go on to
pursue a professional wrestling career under the name of
Max Steyne. He also was used as the model for the
time-honoured Chesty Bond character."
1991, page 25-27.]
"Norths made another effort to storm the
line, but the Manly-Warringah boys were not to be denied,
and the final whistle went with the team on top."
Oval one afternoon they had named the new grandstand
after me in an occasion of some pomp and ceremony and
great emotion. That was a supreme honour,
considering my links with the place. I remembered it back
in the very earliest days when it was little more than a
cow paddock. ... The ground has been part of my life, for
most of my life. ... I am proud to to have played my part
in the rise of this special place."
Arthurson, Arthurson 1997, pp. 258-259.]
"C. K. McMahon made the opening with a fine run down the wing and a perfect cross-kick which caught Wests' defence out of position. Kirkwood fielded the ball and scored between the goal posts."
[Contemporay newspaper report on Manly's first ever try, Round 1 1947.]
successes were individual, most prominent being Bliss who left the
opposition standing to cross from beyond half-way a few minutes before
[Contemporay newspaper report on Round 2 1947.]
"I thought Manly executed really well on Saturday night. They were able to
dominate field position and every opportunity they got they made the most of.
They didn't get carried away and controlled the game from the first minute to
the 80th minute. "
[Warriors skipper Steve Price, Daily Telegraph 29 Sept 2008.]
"FIBROS CHEERING FOR SILVERTAILS "
[Daily Telegraph Headline 1 Oct 2008.]
"OUR REVENGE: Mighty Manly Inflict the thrashing of the century"
[Daily Telegraph Headline 6 Oct 2008.]