TO MANY, he has been regarded as the Sea Eagles’ unofficial 14th man on the field during home games.
Up until the end of the 2015 season, Bayview’s Grant Goldman was the ground announcer for Sea Eagles games at Brookvale Oval (now known as Lottoland).
And he had been for most seasons since 1983.
While Goldman, 67, has called many battles at Brookie, he is now in a battle of his own.
After being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2011, the popular northern beaches identity overcame the disease before he was re-diagnosed with bowel cancer again in November.
Unfortunately, the cancer is terminal this time around.
Still, like his beloved NRL team, Goldman is far from giving up hope.
“We’re on the fight,” he said. “I could be around for years or I could be around for six months … who knows.
“It’s just a matter of fighting on.”
Now family and friends have rallied behind Goldman to hold an event so that much-needed funds can be raised for his treatment.
“I didn’t think people cared that much,” Goldman said, with a laugh.
“I’m quite overwhelmed (by the support) and just a little embarrassed to tell you the truth.”
The 2SM radio broadcaster — who is still working in his broadcasting role — described the Sea Eagles as being “my life”.
“You’re on top of the world when you are sitting there announcing a team and announcing all the famous people who’ve scored tries over the years,” he said.
“Beaver (Steve Menzies), Tooves (Geoff Toovey), Graham Eadie … Brett Stewart. I’ll go to my grave with all of that.”
Goldman said he was incredibly grateful for those putting on the fundraiser.
The Black Tie For Grant event will be held at Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club on April 8.
A string of entertainers will be performing on the night, including Barry Leef, Darren Carr and Johanna Hemara, and there will be a sports memorabilia auction, surprise guests, lucky door prizes and more.
The Manly Sea Eagles’ cheerleading squad, The Seabirds, will also be making a special appearance at the fundraising event, which will include a three-course dinner.
There are limited tickets to Black Tie For Grant, so people are advised to purchase soon.
They are available from grantgoldman.com.au or by phoning 0487 898 537.