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The Manly Sea Eagles are a professional Rugby League club based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, where they have represented the Manly and Warringah districts since 1946.

The club have competed in the NSWRFL, the ARL and the NRL throughout their history that has been full of success on the both the region, national and word level.

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Although it has had a few different names over the years due to sponsorship reasons, most fans know the clubs ground as Brookvale Oval, or Brookie for short.

The ground is a blended mix of new and old, with some modern all seater areas, some standing areas and a large grass hill down one touchline.

It can host around 23,000 for matches and is often full and whilst it cannot matches modern stadiums for facilities, such as the stunning Parramatta Stadium, it can match them for atmosphere, despite the lack of roofs in many areas.


The clubs ground is based in the Brookvale suburb of northern Sydney in a region more known as the Northern Beaches.

It is around 16km north-east of the central business district and has undergone a large modernisation recently which started in 2019.

That saw a redevelopment of the stadium costing just over $36m including a new 3000 seater grandstand and a new centre of excellence.


The club are either one of the most historic in Australia or they are one of the youngest, depending on your views of the failed late 90’s merger with the North Sydney Bears.

The club were first formed in November 1946 and they played in every top flight competition open to them until 1999, when they joined and joint venture with the North Sydney Bears to form the Northern Eagles, which is deemed to be a sperate entity by official records.

The Northern Eagles competed in both the 2000 and 2001 NRL seasons, with the former Manly Warringah club taking over the licence in 2002 and competing under the Northern Eagles name.

In 2003, the club would go back to the future by using their former and current name of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.


As mentioned, the club were first established in 1946 and joined the NSWRFL in 1947, alongside the Parramatta Eels.
Manly immediately adopted their now iconic maroon and white playing strip that they had used in the 2nd tier before and they also took on the emblem of a Sea Eagle.

Their first game in the top flight came in April 1947 when they hosted the Western Suburbs but they would end up losing, with their first win coming against Parramatta, in a season that saw them finish 2nd bottom.

Things quickly improved however as it only took until the 1951 seaosn for them to reach their first Grand Final but they would lose to South Sydney.

In the end they would play in 5 Grand Finals before been able to pick up their first Premiership win which came in 1972, just a year after winning their first Minor Premiership, when they defeated the Eastern Suburbs 19-14.

That kick started a golden era for the club as they would also go onto to win the 1973, 76 and 78 Grand Finals.

The 1980’s took over from where the 70’s ended with the club reaching the 1982 and 83 Grand Finals but they would lose to Parramatta in both.

Their next Grand Final victory came in the 1987 final, the last to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, when they defeated Penrith.

The club enjoyed success during the Super League Wars when they would reach the 1995, 96 and 97 Grand Finals, with the club losing to Canterbury in 95 before beating St George in 96 and then losing to Newcastle in 97.

The newly established national coemption, the NRL, was the start of problems for Manly who failed to make the play-offs in 98 and 99 before the aforementioned merger with the North Sydney Bears took pace.

Little success was enjoyed during that period and after it all fell apart, the club would once again return as the manly Sea Eagles for the 2003 and whilst their on the field performances didn’t immediately improve, the club would reach the play-off semi finals in 2005 and then would go on a run of 10 years without missing out on the play-offs.

It took until 2007 for them to reach a Grand Final once again and until the 2008 seaosn for them to be crowned NRL champions after thrashing Melbourne 40-0 in the final in front of over 80,000 fans.

The 2009 seaosn would start with a trip to England to take on the Leeds Rhinos in the World Club Challenge and in front of a bumper crowd at Elland Road, the club picked up their first ever World Club Challenge trophy with a 20-28 win.

The next couple of years saw a number of off of the field issues impact things on the field but they soon returned to winning ways by reaching and winning the 2011 Grand Final when they defeated New Zealand by 24 points to 10.

They would go on to face the Rhinos in the World Club Challenge the next seaosn, but it would be a losing efforts as Leeds won 26-12.

From there, the club have had a number of scandals off of the field and they have also seen a number of big names come to the end of their careers, both of which have impacted on their on the field performances, with success been simply reaching the end of season play-offs.

The 2021 seaosn was a strange one for all clubs but it was especially so for the Eagles as they would lose to Penrith by 46 points to 6 for their biggest ever loss at Brookvale before defeating Canterbury by 66 points to 0 later in the seaosn to pick up their biggest ever win.

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