TRUE FAN: Manly supporter's big plans for Gladstone NRL game
SEAN Peckover is a Manly fan on a mission.
With an historic NRL round five match between the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the Gold Coast Titans locked in to take place in Gladstone on April 8, Mr Peckover wants to take full advantage of the opportunity afforded to CQ rugby league fans.
The Sea Eagles die-hard is behind a push for the players to hold a meet-and-greet with fans when they come to Marley Brown Oval.
"It's a great opportunity for the club, and I have been a supporter for over 20 years," the Rockhampton-based Mr Peckover said.
"There's a few of us up here and I know there's a big contingent of supporters in Central Queensland, and I know that in previous years we have been able to have a lot of functions and get together.
"I think it would be a great opportunity for the Eagles to spread their wings a little bit while they're (in Gladstone) and it's a great opportunity for Gladstone as well."
Mr Peckover hopes an army of Sea Eagles fans from across the region will congregate at Marley Brown Oval.
"I think it would be great to meet them, either on game day or the day before if they're flying in on the Saturday," he said.
Mr Peckover said he had messaged the club to see if all of the Sea Eagles fans could be seated in one section of Marley Brown Oval for the game, in order to create an atmosphere just like the team's home base Brookvale Oval.
"It would be a great fan experience and if you have ever been to Brookvale Oval, it's an absolutely fantastic atmosphere," he said.
"It's nice and close and actually not too dissimilar to Browne Park in Rocky."
WATCH | Former Manly assistant coach says Marley Brown Oval will be rocking in April
Mr Peckover said he hoped the arrangement would also provide a chance for youngsters to meet their idols ahead of the game.
"The kids love meeting their heroes, and what a great opportunity to catch up with a few of the bigger names like Daly Cherry-Evans and the Trbojevic brothers," he said.
Despite Central Queensland being located in the middle of the North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos' supporter bases, Mr Peckover said he hoped his Fan Day proposal would start a new wave of Sea Eagle resurgence.
"I'm sure if Gladstone and CQ get behind it on social media, and for everyone to share it, then I think it would be great," he said.