Australian rugby league player Steve Folkes, Died at 59


Steven John Folkes was born on 30 January 1959 and died on 27 February 2018.

He was an Australian professional footballer and rugby league footballer and former coach of the Bulldogs in the National Rugby League.

Folkes represented both New South Wales and Australia.

He was the Captain of Punchbowl Boys’ High School, came from the Bankstown Sports Junior Rugby League Club, played 245 first grade games and 308 grade games for the Bulldogs between 1978 and 1991 as well as 24 games for Hull F.C. in England.

Folkes also represented New South Wales on nine occasions in State of Origin football.

Near the ending of 1986 NSWRL season, Folkes went on the 1986 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France.

Folkes would play a total of five Tests between 1986-88.

Whilst a player, Folkes played in 6 Grand Finals (1979, 80, 84, 85, 86 and 88) winning on four occasions.

He was married to Karen, the daughter of Bulldogs ‘godfather’, Peter Moore.

His wife died on 2 June 2013 from cancer.

He passed away in his home on 27 February 2018, reportedly of a heart attack.

Steve Folkes died at 59 years old.