FORMER Sports Argus non-league reporter Nick Pullen recalls that Bob Faulkner had a soft centre underneath a teak-like exterior.
“I remember when Rod Brown took over at Redditch. He told me he was signing two of Bob’s players, which I ran in the paper, only they hadn’t told Bob they were going.
“Next day Bob rings me up telling me I was talking rubbish and that I should get my facts straight. I told him he should talk to the players.
“The next thing you know we’re having this stand up row and in the end one of us slammed down the phone. Five minutes later he rang back, said we’d both got a bit carried away, and after that, we were good friends.”
And Pullen recalls another Bob Faulkner trait:
“He’d always sit in the dugout until five minutes before the end when he’d get up and manoeuvre himself into position to give the ref a good piece of his mind.”
And he added: “All said though he was a smashing bloke and will be sorely missed.”