By Robok - April 7 2004

If ever a comet blazed across the Rugby Football firmament of Hartlepool and left a trail of light which will ever remain visible,without being unmindful of other "great uns",surely this distinction will be the perogative of Bob Oakes.


After a couple of seasons at Hartlepool Trinity he joined Rovers in 1890, making a forceful impression that at 19 he was a member of the county side. His chief asset was his infectious enthusiasm for the game, to give his all and never spare himself for the sake of the side, urging them to follow his insatible desire for success. Bob Oakes was Rovers seventh INTERNATIONAL and sixth to to be honoured by inclusion in the Barbarian side.


Played for Hartlepool Trinity


Joined Rovers.Captain 6 yrs.Durham County cap.North Cap and 8 England caps


Joined Headingly.Captained the team.Hon Treasurer for 12 yrs.


Appointed Hon. Secretary of the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union


President of the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union


President of the Rugby Football Union


Conferment of Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Hartlepool


25 yrs a member of the English Selection Committee

1952 The Final Whistle-"to live in the hearts we leave behind-is not to die"