List of Manly Warringah Sea Eagles honours

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Counted amongst the honours achieved by the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles since their first season in 1947 are eight 8 NRL Premierships and one World Club Challenge. The club's players and coaches have also received several individual awards.

Media and Association Awards[edit]

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Rugby League Immortal Bob Fulton (1985 – Original Inductee)
Team Of The Century Ken Irvine (Wing), Bob Fulton (Reserve)
ARL Hall of Fame Ken Irvine, Bob Fulton
Country (CRL) Team Of Century Bob Fulton (Five-Eight)
Illawarra Rugby League Team Of Century Bob Fulton (Five-Eight)
Top 100 Players (Australia) Kerry Boustead, Roy Bull, Graham Eadie, Bob Fulton, Ken Irvine, Eddie Lumsden, John O'Neill
Rothmans Medal Graham Eadie (1974), Mal Cochrane (1986)
Dally M Awards Cliff Lyons (1990, 1994), Matt Orford (2008)
Player of the Year Cliff Lyons (1990, 1994), Matt Orford (2008)
Silver Dally M Ian Roberts (1993), Cliff Lyons (1995)
Best Fullback Graham Eadie (1983), Matthew Ridge (1995)
Best Winger John Ribot (1982), Kerry Boustead (1983)
Best Centre Michael O'Connor (1987, 1988), Jamie Lyon (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
Best Five-Eight Cliff Lyons (1990, 1994)
Best Halfback Matt Orford (2008), Daly Cherry-Evans (2014)
Best Lock Forward Des Hasler (1991), Steve Menzies (2002), Ben Kennedy (2005, 2006)
Best Second Rower Paul Vautin (1983), Noel Cleal (1984, 1986), Steve Menzies (1994, 1995, 1998), Anthony Watmough (2007, 2009), Glenn Stewart (2008)
Best Hooker Mal Cochrane (1986, 1987), Jim Serdaris (1996), Geoff Toovey (1999)
Best Prop Forward Dave Brown (1983), Martin Bella (1990), Ian Roberts (1993, 1994)
Top Try-Scorer Bob Fulton (1972, 1973, 1976), Kevin Junee (1974), Russel Gartner (1977), Tom Mooney (1979), Phil Blake (1983, 1986), Steve Menzies (1995), Terry Hill (1997 - ARL), Brett Stewart (2008), David Williams (2013)
Top Points Scorer Ron Rowles (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954), Graham Eadie (1974, 1975, 1976), Matthew Ridge (1995)
Rookie of the Year Phil Blake (1982), Jack Elsegood (1993), Steve Menzies (1994), Daly Cherry-Evans (2011)
Captain of the Year Ben Kennedy (2006), Jason King (2012), Jamie Lyon (2012, 2014)
Dave Brown Medal* Dennis Ward (1972), Bob Fulton (1973), Graham Eadie (1976, 1978)
Clive Churchill Medal Cliff Lyons (1987), Geoff Toovey (1996), Brent Kite (2008), Glenn Stewart (2011), Daly Cherry-Evans (2013)
Rugby League Week Player of the Year John Mayes (1973), Bob Fulton (1975), Phil Sigsworth (1983), Cliff Lyons (1994)
Norwich Rising Star – Rookie of the Year Jack Elsegood (1993), John Hopoate (1995)
Rugby League Players Association
Players’ Player Ben Kennedy (2006)
Best Country Player Brent Kite (2006)
Rookie Of The Year David Williams (2008)
Clubman Of The Year Jason King (2008)
New Zealand Player of the Year Darrell Williams (1989), Kieran Foran (2013)
NSW Player of the Year Roy Bull (1954), Bob Fulton (1972, 1973)
Sun Herald Best and Fairest Rex Mossop (1958), Dennis Ward (1968)
Ken Stephen Memorial Award Ian Roberts (1994), Michael Monaghan (2006)

* No longer awarded. Replaced by the Clive Churchill Medal in 1986

Club honours[edit]

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Clubman of the Year Owen Cunningham (1994), Cliff Lyons (1995), Des Hasler (1996), Geoff Toovey (1997), Craig Hancock (1998), Steve Menzies (1999 and 2002), Chad Randall (2003), Albert Torrens (2004), Luke Williamson (2005), Chris Hicks (2006), Michael Monaghan (2007), Mark Bryant (2008), George Rose (2010), Joe Galuvao (2012)
Best and Fairest Steve Menzies (2002), Chris Hicks (2004), Ben Kennedy (2005 and 2006), Glenn Stewart (2007 and 2008), Jason King (2009 and 2010), Glenn Stewart (2011) Matt Ballin (2012)
Players’ Player John Hopoate (2002), Ben Kennedy (2005), Brent Kite (2006), Brett Stewart (2007), Brent Kite (2008), George Rose (2009) Jamie Lyon (2010), Steve Matai (2011) Jamie Lyon (2012)
Rookie of the Year Jason King (2002), Steve Matai (2005), Travis Burns (2006), Michael Bani (2007), David Williams (2008), Kieran Foran (2009), Trent Hodkinson (2010), Daly Cherry-Evans (2011), Jorge Taufua (2012)
Members Best and Fairest Ben Kennedy (2005 and 2006), Brett Stewart and Anthony Watmough (2007), Matt Orford (2008), Anthony Watmough (2009), Jamie Lyon (2010 and 2012)

Representative Players[edit]

Below are the players to play representative football whilst in Manly colours. Notable Internationals to play for Manly, but not represent from the club, include New Zealand players Jock Butterfield, Trevor Kilkelly, Adrian Shelford and Tasesa Lavea, and Great Britain players Malcolm "Mal" Reilly, Phil Lowe, Steve "Knocker" Norton, Andy Goodway and Kevin Ward.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Australian Test Players 67Martin Bella, Johnny Bliss, Kerry Boustead, Les Boyd, Bill Bradstreet, Dave Brown, Ray Brown, Roy Bull, Peter Burke, Mark Carroll, Daly Cherry-Evans, Noel Cleal, Chris Close, Phil Daley, Bill Delamere, Graham Eadie, Bob Fulton, Daniel Gartner, Russel Gartner, Geoff Gerard, Johnny Gibbs, David Gillespie, Bill Hamilton, Les Hanigan, Des Hasler, Terry Hill, John Hopoate, Fred Jones, Ben Kennedy, Brent Kite, Nik Kosef, Max Krilich, Jack Lumsden, Jamie Lyon, Cliff Lyons, John McDonald, Paul McCabe, Steve Martin, Steve Menzies, Danny Moore, John Morgan, Rex Mossop, Wally O'Connell, Michael O'Connor, John O'Neill, Josh Perry, Terry Randall, John Ribot, Ray Ritchie, Ian Roberts, Kevin Schubert, Dale Shearer, Jack Sinclair, Frank Stanton, Brett Stewart, Glenn Stewart, Alan Thompson, Ian Thomson, Geoff Toovey, Paul Vautin, Mick Veivers, Bruce Walker, Dennis Ward, Anthony Watmough, David Williams, Tony Williams and Gordon Willoughby.
Australian Captains 2Max Krilich (1982–83) and Geoff Toovey (1996)
New Zealand Test Players 10Kieran Foran, Peta Hiku, Kevin Iro, Tony Iro, Steve Matai, Gene Ngamu, Matthew Ridge, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Dean Whare and Darrell Williams.
New Zealand Captains 2Matthew Ridge (1995) and Kieran Foran (2013)
Other Nations Test Players 6Nick Bradley-Qalilawa (Fiji), Craig Innes (Rest of the World), Brent Kite (Tonga), Dunamis Lui (Samoa), Vic Mauro (Italy), Michael Robertson (Scotland), Jesse Sene-Lefao (Samoa).
Tongan Captains 1Brent Kite (2013)
State Of Origin (NSW) 34Les Boyd, Ray Brown, Jamie Buhrer, Mark Carroll, Noel Cleal, Phil Daley, Graham Eadie, Geoff Gerard, David Gillespie, Craig Hancock, Des Hasler, Terry Hill, John Hopoate, William Hopoate, Ben Kennedy, Jason King, Brent Kite, Nik Kosef, Max Krilich, Jamie Lyon, Cliff Lyons, Steve Martin, Steve Menzies, Michael O'Connor, Ian Roberts, Jim Serdaris, Phil Sigsworth, Brett Stewart, Glenn Stewart, Alan Thompson, Geoff Toovey, Anthony Watmough, David Williams and Tony Williams.
NSW State of Origin Captains 2Max Krilich (1982–83) and Geoff Toovey (1997)
State Of Origin (QLD) 15Matt Ballin, Steven Bell, Martin Bella, Kerry Boustead, Dave Brown, Daly Cherry-Evans, Chris Close, Owen Cunningham, Paul McCabe, Danny Moore, John Ribot, Dale Shearer, Neil Tierney, Paul Vautin and Bruce Walker.
Qld State of Origin Captains 1Paul Vautin (1988, 1990)

Below are Manly players that have represented Australia at the schoolboys level. Players in bold went on to make their first grade debut for Manly Warringah.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Australian Schoolboys 15Les Boyd, Mark Bryant, Mal Cochrane, Luke Dorn, Jack Elsegood, Solomon Haumono, Daniel Heckenberg, Brent Kite, Heath L'Estrange, Jamie Lyon, Steve Menzies, Jamie Olejnik, Brendan Reeves, David Ronson, Ben Walker.

All-Time Greatest Teams[edit]

In recent times the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Football Club has recognised their players, past and present, with teams announced to reflect the best squads up to that point. The 2006 Dream Team selectors featured ex-Manly Warringah secretary Ken Arthurson (the Godfather of Manly), respected League writer Ian Heads, MWRLFC Chairman Kerry Sibraa and journalist Phil Rothfield.

Official Greatest Teams
1990 2006
Full Back Graham Eadie Graham Eadie
Winger Tom Mooney Ken Irvine
Winger Les Hanigan Michael O’Connor
Centre Michael O'Connor Ray Branighan
Centre Bob Fulton Bob Fulton
Five-Eighth Wally O’Connell Wally O’Connell
Halfback Des Hasler Geoff Toovey
Lock Forward Malcolm "Mal" Reilly Malcolm "Mal" Reilly
Second Row Terry Randall Terry Randall
Second Row Phil Lowe Steve Menzies
Front Row Roy Bull Roy Bull
Hooker Max Krilich Max Krilich
Front Row John O'Neill John O'Neill
Reserve Ian Martin Des Hasler
Reserve Alan Thompson Ben Kennedy
Reserve Steve Norton Cliff Lyons
Reserve John McDonald Paul Vautin
Coach - Frank Stanton
Team Manager - Ken Arthurson

Centenary Honours[edit]

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Team Of The Century Ken Irvine (Wing), Bob Fulton (Reserve)
100 Greatest Players Kerry Boustead, Roy Bull, Graham Eadie, Bob Fulton, Ken Irvine, John O'Neill
NSWRL Team Of The Century Ken Irvine (Wing), Bob Fulton (5/8), Roy Bull (Reserve)
Country Rugby League Team Of The Century Bob Fulton (5/8)
Illawarra Rugby League Team Of The Century Bob Fulton (5/8)
Indigenous Team Of The Century Dale Shearer (Wing), Cliff Lyons (Lock)
Secondary Schools Centenary Team Steve Menzies (2nd Row), Les Boyd (Front Row)

Premiership Honours[edit]

Premierships (8/62)[edit]

Year Opponent Competition Score Venue Attendance
1972 Eastern Suburbs Roosters NSWRFL 19-14 Sydney Cricket Ground 54,537
1973 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks NSWRFL 10-7 Sydney Cricket Ground 52,044
1976 Parramatta Eels NSWRFL 13-10 Sydney Cricket Ground 57,343
1978 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks NSWRFL 16-0 Sydney Cricket Ground 33,552*
1987 Canberra Raiders NSWRL 18-8 Sydney Cricket Ground 50,201
1996 St George Dragons ARL 20-8 Sydney Football Stadium 40,985
2008 Melbourne Storm NRL 40-0** ANZ Stadium 80,388
2011 New Zealand Warriors NRL 24-10 ANZ Stadium 81,988

* This donates the Grand Final replay. The original match was drawn 11-all and attracted 51,510 to the SCG.
** The 40-0 win over Melbourne in 2008 is the league record winning margin in a Grand Final.

Runner Ups (11/62)[edit]

Year Opponent Competition Score Venue Attendance
1951 South Sydney Rabbitohs NSWRFL 14-42 Sydney Sports Ground 28,505
1957 St George Dragons NSWRFL 9-31 Sydney Cricket Ground 54,399
1959 St. George Dragons NSWRFL 0-20 Sydney Cricket Ground 49,457
1968 South Sydney Rabbitohs NSWRFL 9-13 Sydney Cricket Ground 54,255
1970 South Sydney Rabbitohs NSWRFL 12-23 Sydney Cricket Ground 53,241
1982 Parramatta Eels NSWRFL 8-21 Sydney Cricket Ground 52,186
1983 Parramatta Eels NSWRFL 6-18 Sydney Cricket Ground 40,285
1995 Sydney Bulldogs ARL 4-17 Sydney Football Stadium 41,127
1997 Newcastle Knights ARL 16-22 Sydney Football Stadium 42,482
2007 Melbourne Storm* NRL 8-34 ANZ Stadium 81,392
2013 Sydney Roosters NRL 18-26 ANZ Stadium 81,491

* Melbourne Storm were stripped of their 2007 premiership win in 2010 following major salary cap breaches by the club. The NRL lists no premiers for the season.

Minor Premierships (9/62)[edit]

Year Competition Wins Draws Loses
1971 NSWRFL 19 0 3
1972 NSWRFL 18 1 3
1973 NSWRFL 17 1 4
1976 NSWRFL 16 0 6
1983 NSWRFL 22 0 4
1987 NSWRL 18 0 5
1995 ARL 20 0 2
1996 ARL 18 0 4
1997 ARL 15 0 5

World Club Challenges (1/3)[edit]

Year Opponent Result Score Venue Attendance
1987 Wigan Warriors Loss 2-8 Central Park 36,895
2009 Leeds Rhinos Win 28-20 Elland Road 32,569
2012 Leeds Rhinos Loss 12-26 Headingley Carnegie Stadium 21,062

* All games played in England

Wooden Spoons (0/62)[edit]

The Sea Eagles have never finished last in a season. They are the only pre-1982 club to have never finished with the wooden spoon.

Finals (41/62)[edit]

The Sea Eagles qualified for the NSWRL/ARL/NRL finals in the following years.
1951, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.