chapter added to Fulton's great career
League Annual, October 1987, p. 14
belief in his players and an inbuilt refusal to
accept defeat has finally allowed Bob Fulton to climb
the Everest of coaching.
|Fulton won premierships
as a player in 1972, 1973 and 1976 during a
fabulous career which rightly earned him a
place alongside the late Clive Churchill, Reg
Gasnier and Johnny Raper as one of the game's
Immortals. In his first season as a
non-playing coach Fulton took an Easts' side
to a grand final.
Manly in 1983 he repeated the effort, but
again his side wasn't good enough to do the
victory lap. Fulton was considered by the
uninformed to be deemed a failure as a coach
until he had coached a side to a grand final
victory. That win is now Fulton's to cap an
incredible career which started as an
18-year-old with Manly in 1966.
And the victory was rightly
acclaimed as Fulton's, although Bozo refused
to accept the accolades.
is a players' game not a coaches' game," he
said. "I know coaches have to be there but very
few coaches make players." Fulton timed his
team's preparation to the minute. They were superbly
fit, confident and fresh despite the heatwave
conditions which greeted the players by mid-morning
on grand final day.
a calm Fulton and a calm Manly side in grand
final week and throughout the semi-finals.
a last-minute defeat in the second last round
of the premiership by North Sydney provided
the path to glory for Fulton and his side.
"We were scoring tries at
will but were conceding too many into the
bargain," Fulton said. The 32-30 defeat
by Norths on the bell was like a game of
the loss the defence had to be tightened and from
that game on we conceded only three tries
against Balmain, Easts and Canberra to take the title
with one try a game against us. "In the end it
was our defence which clinched the Winfield
refused to single out key players. "They all did
their job when it mattered and they are an
outstanding side and a pleasure to coach," he
said. "To a man they listened and they learned
we all did."
|Fulton paid tribute to
his coaching deputies Alan Thompson and Max
Krilich. "They have maroon and white in
their blood and we all worked towards the
same cause," Fulton said. "Between
us we had notched up more than 800 games for
the club so there was one direction we were
teams is all about the quality of the players
and Manly's were top notch. "The
platform is here for the success to continue.
"There are young kids coming through who
will be fine players.
"The success of David
Ronson, Stuart Davis and Phil Daley to come
through the junior ranks and be major parts
of a premiership campaign is an incentive for
all kids in the district.
they show promise they will get a chance and this win
will ensure that every youngster on the peninsula
will strive to get a maroon and white jersey.
thrilled for the young players and even more thrilled
for players like Vautin and Cleal who have been with
me for a long time."
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