The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are the most-maligned rugby league club in Australia. Situated on Sydney s trendy North Shore the Sea Eagles, as they are generally known, have been publically derided for decades for apparent chequebook recruitment in search of premiership success. Originally known as the bridesmaids of the League, the club finally broke through to Grand Final success in 1972 after securing the best players in the game under the direction of Chief Executive Ken Arthurson.
The undisputed Team of the 1970s , with premiership titles in 1972, 1973, 1976 and 1978, Manly have gone on to win titles in every decade since, but the club still has its critics and detractors. Respected Sydney journalist Ray Chesterton (The Sun, The Daily Telegraph) chronicles the controversies, the intrigue and the petty jealousies that have plagued the club over its long history, highlighting all the great names and laying bare the challenges the now privately-owned club has faced in recent years.
One thing is clear... the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are still the team they love to beat!