Mike Coulman is the first forward named in our ‘Willows Wall’ Heritage Team in association with the Salford Red Devils Foundation and Capricorn Security.
Coulman featured for the Red Devils between 1968 and 1983 racking up a total of 463 appearances, 22 of which coming from the interchange bench.
The robust forward had an impressive try-scorer record crossing for 135 tries; a career record for a forward for Salford. On five occasions he went over for a hat-trick for the Club against Blackpool, Huyton, Featherstone, Keighley and Bradford Northern. He even kicked a drop-goal in a victory over Bramley in 1982. His final points tally was 408.
His debut season for Salford saw him play in the 1969 Challenge Cup final defeat to Castleford at Wembley. He played at second-row in the final but it was as a prop-forward in which he would make his name for the Club winning the Championship with Salford in both the 1973-74 and 1975-76 seasons.
Coulman would put in a Man of the Match performance – in a losing effort however – in the 1974 Lancashire Cup final. He also played in the 1974 Premiership final, Floodlit Trophy final and subsequent replay.
He represented Great Britain on three occasions and England on five. He travelled to Australia in 1975 as part of the England squad to compete in the World Cup. He would also go on to become Assistant to Head Coach Mal Aspey before eventually taking the post himself in October 1983.
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