Sea Eagles legend honoured with classy gesture

Sea Eagles legend honoured with classy gesture

During their team’s first home game since the passing of club legend Bob Fulton, Sea Eagles fans paid tribute in the classiest of ways.

The crowd gave Fulton a standing ovation in the 175th second of the match, honouring the late immortal, who was the 175th player to debut for Manly.

“It’s been a pretty emotional couple of weeks,” Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler told Fox League before the game against the Cowboys.

“Bob Fulton’s name is sort of synonymous with rugby league, it has been for over 50 years. We get a chance tonight to recognise that and to pay tribute to that.”

“Not many people have been able to accomplish what ‘Bozo’ did as a player, a coach, as an administrator” added commentator and Fulton’s long-time friend Greg Alexander.

Prior to kick-off, Fulton’s four granddaughters delivered the match ball to the centre of 4 Pines Park, where a stand is named in his honour, while his grandsons raised a Sea Eagles tribute flag.

Fulton’s grandkids brought a jersey with the number 175 onto the field at the newly-renamed 4 Pines Stadium. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

In addition, the Sea Eagles wore custom jerseys inscribed with “Remembering Bob Fulton #175” for the game.

In place of their regular jersey sponsor, the Sea Eagles’ uniform on Friday night featured the 1957-64 Manly-Warringah logo.

Fulton passed away on May 23 following a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 73.

News of the three-time premiership winner’s death rocked the rugby league community. Countless figures within the game paid tribute to ‘Bozo’ and on June 4, he was farewelled at a state funeral in Sydney.

With Origin star Tom Trbojevic watching from the sidelines, the Sea Eagles got off to a slow start on Friday evening.

The Cowboys ran in two tries within ten minutes to leave the home side on the wrong end of 12-0 scoreline.

The boys from the northern beaches pegged back two of their own, however, to bring the margin to two points at the 20th minute mark.

Manly kept its foot on the accelerator as the half began to draw to a close.

The Sea Eagles were rewarded for their perseverance when Karl Lawton dived over from dummy half to hand the home side the lead in the 34th minute.

The Cowboys were left yearning for the halftime whistle when Lachlan Croker and Haumole Olakau’atu slid over for late tries of their own.

“Manly, within a couple of minutes, blow this game wide open,” said Fox League’s Steve Roach.

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