Steve Folkes

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Saturday, 31st January, 1959
Died
Tuesday, 27th February, 2018 (Aged 59 years and 27 days)

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Coach Of The Year
2004

Known Family Links

Brother-in-law
Kevin Moore

Biography

One of the fittest and most dedicated trainers in the game Steve Folkes was a rock-like second-row forward in the Bulldogs' four grand final victories during the 1980s. He first played for NSW in 1986, progressing to the Test team for the series against NZ, and despite suffering a groin strain which kept him out of football for the rest of the year he was cleared to tour with the Kangaroos. Folkes played in only 6 matches on tour including the Second Test against France. His final Test appearance was against Great Britain in 1988 but it was in the week-to-week grind of premiership matches that he continued to prove himself. Folkes retired in 1990, then spending a season in England with Hull, but returned to C’bury as club conditioner and actually played part of the 1991 season as hooker. He then served a long apprenticeship as club conditioner and lower grade coach under Chris Anderson before taking over the first grade role following the Bulldogs’ 1997 Super League season. In his debut year Folkes took C’bury to the grand final with a series of desperate, last-minute wins in the 1998 semi-final series. Although ultimately beaten 38-12 by a champion Broncos team Folkes’ tenure with the Bulldogs marks him as one of the most hard-working coaches of the modern game. In 2002 he weathered the stripping of 37 competition points for salary cap infringements and allegations of player misconduct in 2003-04 to take the club to the grand final in 2004. The Bulldogs’ 16-13 win over the Roosters was a just reward for this stoic, quietly-determined coach. In 2005 the Bulldogs missed the play-offs after an injury-ridden season and after making the preliminary final in 2006, the 2007 season marks Folkes’ tenth straight season as coach of the club.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1986, 1988 5 2 -   - 8 5 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1986-1988 5 2 0   0 8 5 0 0 100.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1986 2 1 -   - 4 2 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1986 2 1 0   0 4 2 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New South Wales 1986-88 9 - -   - - 4 5 0 44.44% List
NSW City Firsts 1986 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSW City 1987-88 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1986-1988 12 0 0   0 - 7 5 0 58.33% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1978 3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1979 17 3 -   - 9 10 7 0 58.82% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1980 22 3 -   - 9 17 5 0 77.27% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1981 20 6 -   - 18 7 13 0 35.00% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1982 24 9 -   - 27 12 9 3 50.00% List
Canterbury NSWRFL 1983 28 7 -   - 28 19 9 0 67.86% List
Canterbury NSWRL 1984 24 3 -   - 12 19 5 0 79.17% List
Canterbury NSWRL 1985 20 4 -   - 16 13 5 2 65.00% List
Canterbury NSWRL 1986 17 4 -   - 16 12 4 1 70.59% List
Canterbury NSWRL 1987 17 - -   - - 9 8 0 52.94% List
Canterbury NSWRL 1988 25 6 -   - 24 19 6 0 76.00% List
Canterbury NSWRL 1989 18 1 -   - 4 9 7 2 50.00% List
Canterbury NSWRL 1991 10 1 -   - 4 6 3 1 60.00% List
Overall 1978-1991 245 47 0   0 167 154 82 9 62.86% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1978-89, 1991 245 47 -   - 167 154 82 9 62.86% List
Overall 1978-1991 245 47 0   0 167 154 82 9 62.86% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1978-1988 22 1 -   - 4 17 5 0 77.27% List
Overall 1979-1988 22 1 0   0 4 17 5 0 77.27% List

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Hull FC Championship 1989/90 24 2 -   - 8 14 9 1 58.33% List
Overall 1989-1990 24 2 0   0 8 14 9 1 58.33% List

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Hull FC 1989 24 2 -   - 8 14 9 1 58.33% List
Overall 1989-1990 24 2 0   0 8 14 9 1 58.33% List

Your Say

Anonymous says: Pound for pound one of the toughest player to play the game. The type of player you would want next to you every week. (11/11/2015)

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