The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are mourning the death of club legend Steve Folkes, following the untimely passing of the former premiership-winning player and coach.
Folkes has died at the age of 59 after suffering a heart attack.
He was a member of Canterbury’s famous 1980 “Entertainers” team which won the grand final over Eastern Suburbs and also featured in the premiership wins in 1985, 85 and 88.
Folkes retired in 1991 after playing 269 games in the blue and white. He also represented NSW on nine occasions and Australia.
He went on to coach the team to the 2004 grand final win over the Roosters during an 11-year stint at the helm of the club.
Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill issued a statement on behalf of the club.
“The club is shocked and saddened at the news of the passing of Bulldogs legend Steve Folkes. Steve played such a major part in the history of the Bulldogs, both as a player and coach, and was without doubt one of the giants of the club,” he said.
“Steve symbolised everything that the Bulldogs stand for and was respected throughout the game for his toughness and determination. He never took a backward step and was loved by the fans for his courage and commitment to the club.
“His legacy as a Bulldog and what he did for the club will never be forgotten and our hearts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. The club asks that everyone respect the privacy of the family during this time.”