Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will proudly wear their Heritage jersey at the 'Remembering Bob Fulton' match against the North Queensland Cowboys at Brookvale on Friday night.
This wonderful jersey was originally planned to be worn for the Golden Eagles Round 21 match against Melbourne Storm, but the Club has now decided that it would be more fitting for it to be worn as part of the night's tribute to Fulton.
One of the original four rugby league Immortals, Fulton played 213 first grade games for Manly from 1966-76 and is the only person to both captain and coach the Sea Eagles to premierships.
Bob won premierships as a Manly player in 1972, 1973, and 1976 (captain) and coached the Sea Eagles to the 1987 and 1996 premierships.
The Heritage Jersey recognises the Sea Eagles’ nine NRL Hall of Fame inductees led by Fulton, who has his name on the back of the jersey collar.
Roy Bull, Eddie Lumsden, Ken Irvine, John O’Neill, Graham Eadie, Kerry Boustead, Cliff Lyons, and Steve Menzies also have their names on the jersey sleeves.
The specially designed jersey features a large sea eagle on the front and pays homage to the 1957-64 style of jersey worn by the Sea Eagles.
Fulton, who was born less than a month after Manly was granted entry into the NSWRL competition in 1946, said in February the Heritage jersey was special to him.
"It is a tremendous honour and privilege to have my name on this Heritage jersey" Fulton stated.
“I am sure all of the NRL Hall of Fame players from Manly who are on this jersey feel just as proud as I am to be associated with the Club’s 75th year anniversary.”
Player issued jerseys from Friday’s game will be signed and auctioned afterwards, with funds donated to specifically support the Sea Eagles Pathways Academy, which was one of Bob’s great passions.
Manly CEO Stephen Humphreys said the Club was proud to pay tribute to its Hall of Fame representatives.
“An important feature of our 75th year celebrations will be to recognise all players and staff who have been part of building this great club and remind everyone of their enormous contributions. The creation of this commemorative jersey and the inclusion of our NRL Hall of Fame players on it is certainly a great way to honour their wonderful achievements, " Humphreys said.
“All nine of these players left a lasting legacy at the Sea Eagles over many years.
"We are very proud of our rich and successful history and these Hall of Fame players will forever hold a special place in our Club."
The Sea Eagles have planned a special evening to honour Manly's only Immortal in Bob Fulton. Highlights of the evening will include:
- Bob’s wife, Ann, children Brett, Scott and Kristie, and Bob and Ann’s grandchildren in attendance as special guests of the Sea Eagles.
- The Fulton grandchildren will present the official match ball at the commencement of the NRL game.
- Family representatives will raise the 75th year Bob Fulton tribute flag on a flag pole temporary erected at the Southern end of the field in front of the Fulton-Menzies Stand.
- The Sea Eagles Heritage logo with Fulton’s Manly player number, #175, will be displayed on field for the Round 14 game.
- And in a touching tribute, all attendees will be asked to stand and applaud at the 175th second mark of the match in memory of our greatest ever Sea Eagle.
Secure your tickets here to be part of a very special and memorable evening as the Sea Eagles Remember Bob “Bozo” Fulton.
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