Broadcaster Ray Hadley has shared a touching story about the impact the recently-deceased Bob Fulton had on his life while revealing plans are afoot to give ex-Kangaroos coach a state funeral.
Fulton, 73, passed away on Sunday leaving the rugby league world in shock.
The Immortal and long-time Manly patriarch shared the airwaves with Hadley for a number of years on 2GB.
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And speaking on NRL360 on Fox League, Hadley lifted the lid on the pair’s friendship.
“I was having a rough trot about six years ago and my daughter was in the US,” Hadley said.
“I made overtures to bring her back, I’d had a marriage break-up. She resisted the chance to come back and I didn’t know why.
“I said to her sisters: ‘you’ve got to get Emma back for my 60th birthday party. It’s a really important thing’. She kept making excuses and kept talking about it.”
But what Hadley didn’t realise is that Fulton had already been plotting a surprise arrival at Hadley’s 60th birthday.
As he got up to give a speech, Hadley got the shock of his life and was moved to tears.
“What I didn’t know is Bob and Anne spoke to her privately and said: ‘you’re coming back for your fathers’ birthday party but you can’t tell him’. She kept resisting my overtures,” Hadley said.
“So on the night, I’m in a room with all the people I love including the Fultons and I’m in the middle of thanking everyone for coming.
“Through the door walks my middle daughter, I started sobbing and because I was overwhelmed and I look across the line and here and Bozo’s going: ‘gotcha’.
“I said to her, to confirm what happened and she says: Mr and Mrs Fulton brought me out.
“I hugged him on the 27th of March when he came to my wedding, I just kept hugging him because I couldn’t believe that someone would do that for me. That was a measure of the man.”
Hadley also revealed he had been in contact with the relevant authorities about giving Fulton a state funeral in NSW.
“I’ve had conversations with the premier and deputy premier in the last 12 hours,” Hadley revealed. “While not giving too much away, PVL gave a request to John Barilaro.
“I’d be astounded if tomorrow morning we don’t get news by about 9.30am-10am.
“The family has been offered a state funeral, whether they accept that it’s entirely up to them. It’s purely a matter for the Fulton family.
“Does he deserve it? By oath he does. Would he want it? Probably he’d be vacillating.”