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Almost 24 hours after his passing, social media tributes were still flowing after the loss of Canterbury Bulldogs great Steve Folkes as former players from the Bulldogs 2004 premiership winning side as well as other staffers and players remembered the influential Bulldogs figure.
The likes of Steve Price, Hazem El Masri, Braith Anasta and other Bulldogs players from the 2004 premiership-winning side made all paid tribute, all of whom spoke highly of their now former coach.
"I played most of my career with Steve as my coach and what he taught me was the true Bulldogs, never give up attitude," said El-Masri.
A much-loved and much-revered player and coach, the sheer magnitude of the tributes coming his way are a testament to the player, coach and man that he was.
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Steve Mortimer, a fellow club legend who played alongside Folkes for many years, was devastated at the news of Folkes passing.
"Shocked and saddened at the news. Folksy was a good man and one of our Bulldogs greats. He always played above his weight. My thoughts are with his family at this time."
He may have only been small, but he had great technique. And he was fearless. He’d set his feet and drive into the bloke carrying the ball, aiming around the ribs or straight across the chest.Paul Langmack on PlayersVoice.com.au
Very sad news hearing of the passing of one of rugby leagues real good guys Steve Folkes. Great player, even better bloke.— Mark Geyer (@markMGgeyer) February 27, 2018
Devastating news the passing of ex Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes. Love with all— Joe Williams - TEW (@joewilliams_tew) February 27, 2018
Very sad to hear of the passing of Steve Folkes.— Garry Jack (@jimmyjack244) February 27, 2018
A great clubman & player for Canterbury,NSW &Australia.
I had the pleasure to play with Steve many times & always respected him as a player.
He may not have been the biggest but he epitomised the Bulldogs https://t.co/jE5DDDnEVT pic.twitter.com/sKgFs4YQGb
Very saddened this morning 😔 A great coach and even better bloke .. RIL Steve Folkes 🙏🏾❤️— Ben Roberts (@ben02roberts) February 27, 2018
vale Steve Folkes, local hero, favourite son, and Bulldogs royalty, gone too soon.— Linda Burney MP (@LindaBurneyMP) February 27, 2018
Sad news about #stevefolkes today. Had the pleasure of him being an assistant coach at dragons and always challenged players to get best out of themselves. Thoughts and prayers out to family and friends.— Jamie Soward (@sowwowofficial6) February 27, 2018
Like everybody else I am numb at the news of Steve Folkes passing.Sadly it is almost 5 years to the day since he lost his wife Karen. Thoughts with his Family. So sad— Darryl Brohman (@therealbigmarn) February 27, 2018
Very sad to hear of the passing of Steve Folkes. I got to know Folkesy during his time with us at the NRL Refs. Was lucky enough to do a few travel games with him and drive each other to the airport for flights A great man and thoughts are with his family and friends #ripfolkesy— Luke Potter (@Pottz99) February 27, 2018
Total shock of hearing of the terrible news that Steve Folkes has passed away. Great player for the doggies but also a great person#legend— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) February 27, 2018
Hull FC are saddened to learn of the passing of former player Steve Folkes.— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) February 27, 2018
A former Australia and New South Wales representative, Folkes made 24 appearances for the Black & Whites during the 1989/90 season. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time. pic.twitter.com/lrr5zsCpqc
Very sad to hear the news of Steve Folkes passing away. He was always a great to be around during his time @WestsTigers My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this tough time.— Tim Moltzen (@TimMoltzen) February 27, 2018
Country Rugby League sends our condolences to the family and friends of Steve Folkes at this difficult time.— Country Rugby League (@CountryRL) February 27, 2018
“Steve was extremely well respected and had a lot of success in various aspects of the game as both a player and a coach,” - https://t.co/G4BRjevOyq pic.twitter.com/krESZpaacP
Hard to find the words with the sudden passing of Steve Folkes. A great friend to me personally & admired by many people across the game. Condolences to all his family & friends and to everyone at the @NRL_Bulldogs who admired his loyalty, toughness & leadership— Todd Greenberg (@Todd_Greenberg) February 27, 2018
The NSWRL sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of NSW True Blue and former @NRL_Bulldogs legend Steve Folkes, who sadly passed away today.— NSW Rugby League 🏉 (@NSWRL) February 27, 2018
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Absolutely shattered 😔 Rest In Peace my mate. pic.twitter.com/fTjwHnRE8L— ᏒᎬᏁᎥ mᎪᎥтuᎪ (@renimaitua) February 27, 2018
Sad and shocked to hear that Steve Folkes had passed away. A true gentlemen who I had the honour of working alongside at @WestsTigers Thoughts and prayers go out to his family 💔— Keith Galloway (@kgalloway85) February 27, 2018
Shocked to hear the news that Steve Folkes has passed away. It was a pleasure to work with him when he was the the @WestsTigers he was a honest, hardworking bloke who everyone respected.— Chris Lawrence (@chrislawrence04) February 27, 2018
Rest easy folksey. Thoughts are with the family. 2004 what a season ❤️— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) February 27, 2018
Shattered to hear my old coach Steve Folkes has passed away this morning!! Was a big part of my career! Prayers go out to the family and friends 🙏🏽RIP mate— Willie Mason WMM 💯🇦🇺🇹🇴 (@mase21) February 27, 2018
RIP STEVE FOLKES... I’m absolutely shattered to hear the news about folkesy! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. An inspirational human being on and off the field. A great family man! He was cool, he was calm and he was collected. #2004 #champions #sadday @nrl_bulldogs 🙏❤️ @sonnybillwilliams @steveprice10 @williemason10 @renimaitua @nuggetperry @willietonga @jthurston06 @alabamajama
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Terribly saddened and still can’t believe the news of Steve Folkes passing away today.Such a big part of my career through having watched him play, training and coaching me.The man who had confidence in naming me captain of the @nrl_bulldogs and always someone I could trust and talk to about anything.Our prayers, love and thoughts to Dan & Hayley and all family & friends during this sad time.#RIPFolksey
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Shocked and saddened with the sudden passing of Steve Folkes - not only was he a giant of Rugby League but he was also a wonderful family man. Still remember the cheeky grin he’d have on his face when he knew we were about to do fitness sessions - he is a part of the fabric of the @jillaroos and we’ll be forever grateful for his contribution to the game we all love. Our love and condolences go out to your family - you will be sorely missed. VALE STEVE FOLKES 💚💛 #rugby #league #legend #jillaroos #loveyou
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