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The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs would like to express their heartfelt condolences after the passing of former player and Joint Patron, John Fahey at the age of 75.

John was a Bulldogs man through and through, having played 37 lower grade matches for the club between 1965-66, before accepting an invitation to become Joint Patron of the club in 1993, a position he held up until his passing.

Having been elected as an MP in 1984, John became Premier in 1992 and served in that position until 1995.

After that he was elected MP for Macarthur, in addition to taking on the role of Finance Minister in the Howard Government.

It was in the lead in to the Sydney Olympics, however, that Fahey will always be remembered, playing a vital role in Sydney’s successful bid to stage the Games and being part of the famous celebration when Sydney was revealed as the successful host.

Chair Lynne Anderson, expressed her sadness on behalf of the whole Bulldogs Family:

"It was incredibly sad to hear of the passing of John Fahey."

He was a proud member of the Bulldogs family, both as a former player and then a Joint Patron of the club since 1993.

"He did an incredible amount for both the Olympic and Paralympic movements and the role he played in helping to secure the Sydney Games of 2000, showed the great passion he had for sport and life in general.

He was a man of honour and a great friend of not only the Bulldogs, but Australian sport in general.

He will be sadly missed, but forever a part of the Bulldogs family.

Our hearts go out to his family and close friends.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.