It is with regret we announce the passing of Geoff Connel who was a life member and past player & coach at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. The funeral for Geoff Connell is on Monday at 12pm at the Leppington Crematorium


n 1972, Geoff joined Canterbury to become a regular member of the first grade team, making his debut against South Sydney early in the season.


In 1973, Geoff was appointed captain of the team. He captained Canterbury on 20 occasions and played in the 1973 Preliminary Semi-Final against Newtown.


In 1974, Geoff commenced the season in reserve grade but returned to first grade for the finals and played in the Grand Final against Easts (Roosters).


In 1975, Geoff started the season in first grade but after being injured, returned to play reserve grade.


He played his last game in the Preliminary Semi-Final against Cronulla as a prop.


In 1976, Geoff was the Under 23 coach and the team played in the Grand Final against Easts (Roosters).


He was reserve grade coach from 1977 to 1980. His team played in the 1979 Grand Final against Parramatta and were Premiers in 1980 after beating Parramatta in the Grand Final.


Geoff is a Life Member of the Football Club and in 2004, he was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions.