|Nickname(s) The Seagulls,|
Colours White, Green, Red
|Full name Wynnum Manly Seagulls Rugby League Football Club Ltd.|
The Wynnum-Manly Seagulls are an Australian rugby league football club based at Kougari Oval, which is in the Eastern Brisbane suburb of Manly West. They competed in the Brisbane Rugby League from 1951 to 1997. Since 1996 they have competed in the Queensland Cup. Their jersey is red, green and white. From 1995 to 2005 they were known as the Wynnum Seagulls.
Wynnum-Manly first played in the Brisbane premiership in 1931, but withdrew from the competition at the outbreak of World War II. After the war, the Seagulls re-entered the premiership in 1951 as the Wynnum Manly District Rugby League Football Club. In the club's formative years from 1951 through to 1964 Jim Cloherty held the role of President. Lionel Morgan in 1960, was the first international representative while playing with Wynnum-Manly and when he made his test debut against France in 1960 became the first indigenous Australian to make a Test appearance.
Before moving to their current home ground of BMD Kougari Oval in 1967, the club played at Kitchener Park. Kitchener Park remains the home of the Wynnum Manly Junior Rugby League Club.
The Seagulls won the Brisbane premiership in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1995. They were runners up in 1985.
Wynnum Manly was the last non-NSWRL club to have one of its players chosen to debut for Australia when Lock forward Bob Lindner was selected to go on the 1986 Kangaroo tour. Lindner, who had made his State of Origin debut for Queensland in 1984, made his test debut against Papua New Guinea before the team embarked of its unbeaten tour of Great Britain and France. Also part of that undefeated tour which earned the team the nickname "The Unbeatables" were Wynnum Manly players Greg Dowling, Gene Miles, and Australian team captain Wally Lewis.
The BRL Premiership was succeeded by the Queensland Cup in 1996.
In 2006 Wynnum Manly started the 100.3 Bay FM live rugby league for the Wynnum-Manly Queensland Cup games. The commentators are Mike Higgison and former ABC radio personality Troy Robbins. In 2012 Wynnum-Manly went on to break their biggest win record by beating Central Caparas 84-6.
In the 2010 season, it was announced that Paul Green would become Wynnum's new coach. In 2011 after finishing 6th in the minor premiership and then defeating the minor premiers, Tweed Head Seagulls, twice during the final series, including the grand final. The Seagulls defended their premiership title in 2012, beating minor premiers Redcliffe in the grand final by 20-10.
Wally Lewis who joined the club from Valleys Diehards in 1984, is the only Wynnum-Manly player to captain the Australia national rugby league team. Lewis captained the Kangaroos on 16 occasions while a member of the Seagulls from 1984-1987 including captaining the unbeaten 1986 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France. The 1986 Kangaroos, which included Greg Dowling, Bob Lindner and Gene Miles, earned themselves the nickname "The Unbeatables".