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Encyclopedia > Bob Fulton
Bob Fulton
Personal information
Full name Robert Fulton
Date of birth December 1, 1947
Place of birth Warrington, England
Nickname(s) Bozo
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
1966-1976
1977-1979
Manly-Warringah
Eastern Suburbs
219 {510 pts}
49 (88 pts)
Representative teams
1967-1978
1968-1978
New South Wales
Aust (Tests & World Cup)
16 (42)
35 (82)

* Professional club appearances and points
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Robert (Bob) Fulton AM (born 1947 in Warrington, England) is an English born Australian rugby league identity. Fulton played, coached, selected for and has commentated on the game with great success at the highest levels. Insignia of a Companion of the Order of Australia. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... Rugby league football (usually shortened to rugby league, football, league or rugby) is a full-contact team sport played with a prolate spheroid-shaped ball by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ...


He has been recently criticized for continuously selecting Jamie Lyon in both the NSW and Australia representative teams despite poor form. Sydney journalists are reporting Fulton (Who is aligned with Manly; Lyon's club) offered Lyon representative jumpers as an incentive and eventual reward for joining Manly.

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Career highlights

As a player Fulton won three premierships with the Manly Sea Eagles in the 1970s, the last as captain. He represented for the Australian national side on forty-seven occasions, seven times as captain. He had a long coaching career at the first grade level, taking Manly to premiership victory in 1987 and 1996. He coached the Australian national team to forty Tests and World Cup games. He was a New South Wales State selector and a national selector. He is currently a radio commentator with 2GB. In 1985 he was selected as one of the initial four post-war “Immortals” of the Australian game. The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ... First international England 22 - 22 Australia (London, England; December 1908) Biggest win Russia 4 - 110 Australia (Hull, England; 4 November 2000) Biggest defeat New Zealand 24 - 0 Australia (Leeds, England; 26 November 2005) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1954) Best result Winners, 1957; 1968; 1970; 1975; 1977; 1988; 1992... The World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1954. ... The New South Wales Rugby League team represent New South Wales annually in the Rugby League State of Origin competition. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Immortals. ...


Playing career

Manly

Fulton made his first grade debut as a seventeen year old with Wests Wollongong in 1965 and represented for Country Seconds. He was spotted and signed to the Manly Sea Eagles by club secretary Ken Arthurson and started his Sydney first grade career in 1966. He was prodigiously talented and as a centre or five-eighth Fulton made an immediate impact. He earned State representatiave honours in 1967 and the following year became the youngest ever captain in Grand Final history when he led Manly in the 1968 decider against Souths. The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ... Kenneth Arko Richard Arthurson AM (born 1 October, 1929 in Glebe, New South Wales) is an Australian former rugby league player, coach and administrator. ... A typical rugby league team consists of thirteen players on the field plus four substitutes on the bench. ... A typical rugby league team consists of thirteen players on the field plus four substitutes on the bench. ... A Grand Final is the culmination of a series of final matches played between a number of sporting teams to decide the premier team. ... The South Sydney Rabbitohs, also known as Souths, SSFC or The Rabbits, are an Australian professional rugby league team based in Sydney, New South Wales. ...


Fulton made 219 appearances for the Manly club between 1966 and 1976. He scored 520 points (129 tries, 10 goals and 56 field goals) - the club's record try tally until Steve Menzies went one better in 2006. Fulton won premierships with Manly in 1972 (also the League's top try-scorer this season), 1973 and 1976. In the 1973 bloodbath against Cronulla he single-handedly took control of the game scoring two tries to take the side to victory. The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ... Tries is either the plural of the word Try or Trie. ... In Organizational Development, goals represent desired future states of organizations. ... A field goal (formerly goal from the field) is a general term used in some sports wherein a goal may be scored either during general play (from the field) or via some sort of free shot. ... Steven Menzies (born December 4, 1973 in Manly, Sydney, New South Wales) is a Australian rugby league player in the National Rugby League. ... ... The 1973 New South Wales Rugby League premiership was the sixty-sixth season of the rugby league competition based in Sydney. ... The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks are an Australian professional rugby league football team based in Cronulla in the Sutherland Shire, south of Sydney. ...


At the end of the 1976 season Fulton caused a sensation in Sydney rugby league circles when he left Manly and signed a 3 year deal with the Eastern Suburbs club. The Sydney Roosters is a professional rugby league club based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Australia. ...


Eastern Suburbs

Fulton played 56 matches for the Eastern Suburbs club, mainly at five-eighth. In his first season there Fulton was a member of the side that won the pre-season cup and was the club's leading try scorer. In 1978 he was a member of the Easts side that defeated St George in the mid-week cup final. In 1979 Fulton was appointed captain-coach at the Roosters. A chronic knee injury saw him retire after just eight games that year. Look up position in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Saint George Dragons was a team in the National Rugby League competition in Australia. ...


Representative career

Fulton made his international debut in the 1968 World Cup squad and played in the final at five-eighth in Australia's victory over France. Thereafter for the next eleven seasons he was a consistent national representative. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Australia team jersey The Australian national rugby league side represents Australia at rugby league. ... The World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1954. ...


He toured New Zealand in 1971, was on the 1973 and 1978 Kangaroo Tours, played in home Ashes series against Great Britain in 1970 and 1974 and the home series against New Zealand in 1972 and 1978. He participated in Australian squads at four World cups - 1968, 1970, 1972 and 1975 and was the World Cup Man of the Series in 1970. Kangaroo Tour is the name given to Australian Rugby League tours of Great Britain and France. ... The Ashes is the name given to the trophy awarded to the winner of rugby league test series between Great Britain and Australia. ...


He was honoured with the Australian captaincy in the 2nd and 3rd Tests of the 1978 series against New Zealand and in all five Tests of the 1978 Kangaroo Tour. He captained his country to a total of 4 wins and 3 losses.


On both of his Kangaroo Tours Fulton was the leading try scorer - with 20 tries from 5 Tests and 9 tour matches in 1973 and 9 tries from 5 Tests and 10 tour matches in 1978.


All told he appeared in 16 representative matches for New South Wales. He represented Australia in 20 Test matches, 15 World Cup matches and 22 minor internationals whilst on tour. The New South Wales Rugby League team represent New South Wales annually in the Rugby League State of Origin competition. ...


The man and his playing style

His blinding acceleration, strength and reading of the play got him through gaps that others couldn't even imagine. A fiercely determined competitor, he would often resort to his own ingenuity and gamesmanship to turn a match - invariably it was successful. He was a keen and accurate exponent of the fieldgoal in the era when they were worth two points and could seal a victory.


He fierce competitiveness would also become evident during his decade long tenure as coach of the national side and in his expressed loyalty to the ARL during the Super League war. The Australian Rugby League (ARL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in Australia. ... The Super League war was a battle for the control of broadcast rights for the sport of Rugby League. ...


Post playing

Coaching career

After retiring as a player at the Roosters he coached the club for four seasons in total and took them to the 1980 Grand Final where they were beaten by Canterbury. Canterbury Leagues Club, Belmore The Bulldogs (formerly Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ...


He returned to Manly as coach in 1983 and in that same year took them to a Grand Final against Parramatta where the club was unsuccessful for the second year running. In 1987 he guided the Paul Vautin captained Sea-Eagles side to a premiership victory in the last Grand Final played at the Sydney Cricket Ground becoming in the process the first Manly son to win premierships both as captain and as coach. Parramatta is a city, suburb and Local Government Area in Sydney, Australia, 25 kilometres west of the central business district (CBD) in Western Sydney. ... Paul Fatty Vautin(born July 24, 1959), is a former Australian Rugby League player and more famously, a media personality. ... The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) (, ) is a cricket stadium in Sydney. ...


From 1989 Fulton took on the job as coach of the Australian national side. He guided the side in 39 Tests between 1989 and 1998 to 32 victories , 1 draw and 6 losses. First international England 22 - 22 Australia (London, England; December 1908) Biggest win Russia 4 - 110 Australia (Hull, England; 4 November 2000) Biggest defeat New Zealand 24 - 0 Australia (Leeds, England; 26 November 2005) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1954) Best result Winners, 1957; 1968; 1970; 1975; 1977; 1988; 1992...


He presided over the national team during its transition to dominance when the Australian side clearly had players fitter and more skilled than those of Great Britain, France and New Zealand. Yet at times these contests were surprisingly close as Fulton-coached sides often snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in exciting final match series deciders. In three consecutive Ashes series (1990, 1992 and 1994) as well as the 1991 trans-Tasman series. Australia was stretched to a deciding Third Test. The Ashes is the name given to the trophy awarded to the winner of rugby league test series between Great Britain and Australia. ...


Ironically so instinctive himself as a player, Fulton coached his sides to a low risk, structured and tightly controlled style of play. In this regard he was ahead of his time and ultimately he achieved a great measure of success. However on occasion his teams may have lacked the flair or imagination to take a game by the scruff of the neck and win it with a flash of brilliance.


In 1993 Fulton returned to Manly as coach and he guided the club the three successive Grand Finals from 1995. Fulton won his second premiership as a coach in 1996 when in their 50th season the Sea-Eagles beat St George 20-8 in a grinding but emphatic win.


Super league war

As national coach during the Super League war Fulton appropriately played a prime role along with NSW State coach Phil Gould in signing players to stabilise the ARL competition. Fulton as it happened, was also a longstanding and loyal friend of Kerry Packer who wholeheartedly backed the ARL and his own commercial interests and rights to broadcast the traditional game. The Super League war was a battle for the control of broadcast rights for the sport of Rugby League. ... For the drummer Phil Gould, see Phil Gould (musician). ... The Australian Rugby League (ARL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in Australia. ... Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer AC (17 December 1937 – 26 December 2005) was an Australian publishing, media and gaming tycoon. ...


Selector

Since 1999 "Bozo" has been a selector of the New South Wales and Australian sides. The New South Wales Rugby League team represent New South Wales annually in the Rugby League State of Origin competition. ...


Commentator

As of 2007 Fulton is a member of the Continuous Call Team on Radio 2GB with Ray Hadley, Steve Roach, Darryl Brohman, Andrew Moore, and Tony Megahey. The Continuous Call Team is an Australian radio sports program, covering the news and live games of the National Rugby League. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Ray Hadley OAM (born 27 September 1954) is an Australian radio presenter. ... Stephen David Blocker Roach (born 24 April 1962 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian former rugby league prop forward of the 1980s and early 1990s. ... Darryl Brohman is a former Australian rugby league player and commentator, currently working for 2GB on its Continuous Call Team broadcasts. ... Andrew Moore (1752–April 14, 1821) was an American lawyer and politician from Lexington, Virginia. ...


Accolades

In 1985 he was selected by the respected publication Rugby League Week as one of the initial four post-war “Immortals” of the Australian game alongside Churchill, Raper and Gasnier. In 1994 Fulton was inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia "for service to rugby league football" and in 2000 he received the Australian Sports Medal. Steve Roach, Tina Turner, and Martin Bella, Rugby League Week front cover 1990, No. ... The Immortals. ... Clive Churchill in action for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. ... Johnny Raper was an Australian rugby league player. ... Reg Gasnier Reg Gasnier (born 1939 in Kogarah, New South Wales) was an Australian rugby league player for the St. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Insignia of a Companion of the Order of Australia. ... The Australian Sports Medal was an award given during 2000 to recognise achievements in Australian sport. ...


References

  • Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney
  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney

Alan J. Whiticker born 1958 Penrith, New South Wales is a prolific Australian non-fiction author with currently over 35 published books. ...

External Links

  • Bob Fulton at eraofthebiff.com

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