SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26: Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes shows his frustration towards the end of the Round 3 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Bulldogs held at Aussie Stadium February 26, 2004 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Former Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs forward and coach Steve Folkes has passed away.

Folkes died of a heart attack, aged 59.

As a player, Folkes had 245 first grades games for Canterbury, appearing in six Grand Finals (1979, 80, 84, 85, 86 and 88) winning on four occasions.

Folkes also coached the club for 288 matches between 1998 and 2008 and won yet another premiership in 2004.

The Bulldogs released a short statement about Folkes passing.

Read the statement below:

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.

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.


  1. RIP Steve Folkes. Will never forget the great battles our clubs had in the 80’s.
    My condolences to your family and friends.

  2. RIP Steve Folkes. Condolences to Family and friends. Played an awesome style of footy and will be missed by many

  3. i was shocked when i read about steves passing may you rest in peace steve and you will always be remembered from all souths members from the burrow…


  4. RIP for all Steve Folkes’ Family and Friends. He was an ornament to the game and Australia in general. All the best on behalf of Manly fans and League fans in general -if I can be so bold to say. He truly was someone who played the game hard and fair -just the way we all respect the best players to be. He has the respect of anyone who really knows the game -so hard and tough and played well above is size and weight right in the engine room where there was no place to hide -and he never did. Just one thing – too much fitness can effect you heart -something of a warning for all hard trainers in all sports -the heart only has so many beats in it -you can pass young if you don’t give it a break. I can see a time when training will have to be limited. The Man who first linked running / jogging with cardo-fitness himself died young -jogging.

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