Back 1959 - 1971
consistent fullback for Manly in the 1960s, Bob Batty
retired in early 1972 as not only the club's then
greatest point scorer but also with a then record 257
grade games, 196 of them in first grade. Bob came
from Murwillumbah in 1959 and was a member of the
premiership winning reserve grade side in 1960.
"Roadie" after the uncatchable cartoon
character the Road Runner, Batty, while not overly
robust, he was a safe reliable player in defence, a
fine attacking player and a prolific goal kicker. A
member of Manly's losing Grand Final teams of 1968
and 1970, he retired early in 1972 to make way for
Graham Eadie, thereby missing out on Manly's first
Grand Final win.
Bob was the
second player to play 200 games for the club and the
first to score 1,000 points. He scored 1,321 points,
1,174 of them in first grade. His popularity within
the club was illustrated at his testimonial at Manly
Leagues Club in 1972 when a packed auditorium
honoured him with four standing ovations.
his association with the club as a lower grade coach
in the mid 1970s.
Whiticker & Hudson 2002, p. 28; Smith 1991, pp