Tributes flood in for Jack Fulton
Posted: Wednesday 30th September 2015 - 1:15 PM
Chairman Jack Fulton was the heart of Castleford Tigers. Jack sadly passed away on Tuesday leaving a huge hole within our club.
In a week where the club crossed the final hurdle for planning permission of the new stadium at Five Towns Park, and submitted the 2014 accounts showing a £445,000 profit (in a turnaround from a club in special measures in 2013), the news of Jack’s passing yesterday afternoon has left everyone here at Castleford Tigers deeply saddened.
Tigers CEO Steve Gill spent time with Jack yesterday morning, and wanted everyone to know just what Jack means to our club:
“Jack Fulton lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a beautiful family, possibly bigger than he dare ever imagine. He loved Castleford Tigers, he loved our fans and appreciated everyone’s efforts,
Steve added: “Jack’s loss is immeasurable and we are honoured and thankful to have had Jack in our lives. He was my great friend, my shoulder, my inspiration. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in the story of Castleford Tigers. Jack doesn't leave the Tigers when he dies, he leaves when we die. "
Paul Burns-Williamson from the Castleford Tigers Supporters Club remembers Jack dearly:
“Jack was a supporter of our great club, his financial support in good and bad times gave us the fans the opportunity to follow the Tigers, which Jack knew meant so much to so many people. Without Jack and the commitment of his family the very existence of the club would have been in severe danger,
Paul added: “We had the great pleasure of meeting Jack in the last 10 years at our annual 'Meet the Directors' events. He always listened but let other directors do the talking. The one thing that we did know from the meetings was that Jack cared intensely for the club. It is very fitting that Jack got to lead the team out at Wembley last year.”
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell will be forever grateful to Jack for his support of Castleford Tigers over the years:
“I would like to pay tribute to Jack, an outstanding man who’s done so much for Castleford Tigers over many years. Even when Jack was very poorly it was obvious how engaging and endearing he was as a person. He’ll be sadly missed by everyone at the club and my thoughts are with the Fulton family at this difficult time. ”
Captain Michael Shenton is full of appreciation for all the hard work and dedications Jack has shown to the club:
"Jack was great man, and I know that everyone who knew him will be deeply saddened by his passing. Castleford Tigers wouldn’t be where it is today without him. Sticking by the club through thick and thin showed his commitment to the club he loved,
Michael added: “Mine and all the players thoughts go out to Bridie and Jack’s family at this tough time and also our appreciation for what Jack and the rest of the Fulton family has done for myself and the club.”
On behalf of everyone here at Castleford Tigers we send our sincere condolences to the Fulton family.
*Pictured above, A very proud moment for Jack taking part in his last team photo at the civic reception in Castleford to welcome the Tigers home after the Wembley Challenge Cup Final in 2014.
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