1969, when the Mintaro and Manoora Football Clubs merged
Mintaro and Manoora Ovals
North Eastern Football League (NEFL) since 1976
Navy blue and gold
Mid North Football League (MNFL) - 1969, 1975 (2 total); NEFL - 1977-8-9, 2004, 2008 (5 total)
The Eagles have enjoyed fairly regular success down the years, having contested a total of fourteen senior grade grand finals in forty seasons for a fifty per cent success rate. Their most recent premiership was claimed in 2008 thanks to a 14.8 (92) to 9.4 (58) defeat of RSMU Hawks.\n\nFormed in 1969 when erstwhile Mid North Football League rivals Mintaro and Manoora had merged, the new club continued in that competition until 1976, when it commenced in the North Eastern Football league, where it remains to this day. The late 1970s were a halcyon era for Mintaro Manoora, spawning a hat trick of flags. By contrast, the 1980s and 1990s were largely disappointing, with a losing grand final against South Clare in 1986 the closest the side came to winning a premiership. Since the turn of the century the Eagles have returned as a force in the competition, reaching grand finals in 2003-4-5, 2007 and 2008, and emerging victorious twice. In 2009 they got as far as the preliminary final before losing by 36 points to Blyth Snowtown after having led at every change.\n\nPrior to the merger, Mintaro had endured something of a chequered existence which included a prolonged period of recess. The club won B Grade Mid North Football League premierships in 1952 and 1965 with its sole senior grade success coming in 1940 at the expense of Saddleworth.\n\nThe Manoora Football Club was formed as long ago as 1880 but, like Mintaro, achieved success only sporadically, winning senior grade flags in 1911 and 1962, plus a solitary flag at B Grade level in 1967.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications