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Paul Feltham is a sports psychologist and former Australian rules footballer and coach. He is best known for a short stint as caretaker coach of the Brisbane Bears in 1989.

Playing career[edit]

Early in his career, Feltham played for Eastlake Football Club in the ACTAFL and Balmain Football Club in the NSWAFL. However, he made his name as a tough midfielder for North Melbourne (1970-76) and Richmond (1978) in a career which included membership of North's inaugural premiership side in 1975.

Coaching career[edit]

Feltham moved to Queensland and coached the University of Southern Queensland's Australian football team and the Morningside Football Club (QAFL) in the 1980s before joining the underperforming Brisbane Bears in a part-time role as sports psychologist for the 1989 season.

When incumbent coach Peter Knights was sacked with seven games remaining in the season, Feltham, was surprisingly appointed caretaker coach ahead of any of the existing coaching panel. The Bears immediately rallied to win five of the remaining matches.

Feltham was not considered for the permanent coaching position for the following season, reportedly due to a clash with particular senior players and certain club personnel, most notably football manager Shane O'Sullivan. He was replaced by another caretaker coach, former coaching assistant and ex-Fitzroy player Norm Dare, for the 1990 season while the search for a permanent coach continued for 1991.

For most of the 1990s he disappeared from the spotlight, but reappeared in 1999 as an applicant for the vacant coaching role with Woodville-West Torrens. He applied for the same position again the following season. He also applied for the coaching role with Hawthorn in 2004. He was unsuccessful in each of these applications.

He is currently based in Canada, where he is coach of the London Magpies Australian Football Club, and is also sports psychologist with AFL Canada's national side, the Northwind.

Preceded by
Peter Knights
Brisbane Bears FC coach
1989 (caretaker only)
Succeeded by
Norm Dare