Bob Fulton: Manly legend and NRL Immortal dies aged 74

VALE: Manly Sea Eagles legend and NRL Immortal Bob Fulton died on Sunday morning, he was 74 years old. Picture: Geoff Jones
VALE: Manly Sea Eagles legend and NRL Immortal Bob Fulton died on Sunday morning, he was 74 years old. Picture: Geoff Jones

MANLY Sea Eagles legend and NRL Immortal Bob Fulton has died aged 74 following a long battle with cancer.

The Collaroy local died on Sunday morning with the news confirmed by one of his close friends Ray Hadley on 2GB.

"I've announced some sad things on radio but this could be the saddest. I'm going to miss him, he was a great man. The most loyal friend I've ever had. He'll be sadly missed," he said on air.

Manly Sea Eagles said the club was "deeply saddened by the passing of our Immortal Bob Fulton today".

"Our condolences to Anne, Scott, Brett and Kristie at this difficult time," the club posted to Twitter.

Fulton, who was born the year the club was founded, is the only person to have won premierships as a player ('72-73), captain ('76) and coach ('87 and 96) at Manly.

LEGENDS: Bob Fulton (on right), pictured with another Manly legend, Brett Stewart. Picture: Geoff Jones

LEGENDS: Bob Fulton (on right), pictured with another Manly legend, Brett Stewart. Picture: Geoff Jones

The Manly legend recently sat down with the Northern Beaches Review for a cover story and he doesn't hesitate when you ask what has made the Sea Eagles such a force over five decades.

"It's down to one person - Ken Arthurson," he said. "He laid a foundation that the club still works off to this day.

"We've had a few hiccups in the run through, but from when Ken decided what he was going to do back in the 60s, it's borne fruit all the way through. Whatever success Manly's had over the years can be traced back to Ken. He was there from the start. His professionalism and the way he wanted to do things was way ahead of any other club."

More to come.

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