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David Hobbs (born (1958-09-13)13 September 1958) is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and coached in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Featherstone Rovers (Heritage № 549), Oldham, Bradford Northern and Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 1055) (captain), as a prop, second-row or loose forward, and coached at club level for Bradford Northern, Wakefield Trinity and Featherstone Rovers.

David Hobbs
Personal information
Born (1958-09-13) 13 September 1958 (age 60)
Hemsworth, Wakefield, England
Playing information
PositionProp, Second-row, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1978–85 Featherstone Rovers 172+33 66 105 15 439
1984–87 Oldham 60 11 108 5 265
1986–94 Bradford Northern
Feb 1994–93/94 Wakefield Trinity 10 0 1 1 3
Total 275 77 214 21 707
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1984 England 1 0 0 0 0
1984–89 Great Britain 12 1 5 0 14
1982/83–≥82/83 Yorkshire ≥1
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1989–91 Bradford Northern
May 1994–Jan 95 Wakefield Trinity
2005–08 Featherstone Rovers
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2][3][4]

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BackgroundEdit

David Hobbs was born in Hemsworth, Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Playing careerEdit

Hobbs made his début for Featherstone Rovers on Monday 27 March 1978, he later played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, and was man of the match winning the Lance Todd trophy in Featherstone Rovers' 14–12 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1983 Challenge Cup Final during the 1982–83 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 7 May 1983, in front of a crowd of 84,969, in one of the biggest upsets in Wembley history, during his time at Featherstone Rovers, he scored fifty 3-point tries, and sixteen 4-point tries.

Hobbs played right-prop, i.e. number 10, and scored a conversion in Oldham's 6–27 defeat by Wigan in the 1986 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1986–87 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Sunday 19 October 1986.[5]

He was later transferred from Oldham to Bradford Northern.

Hobbs played as an interchange/substitute, i.e. number 15, (replacing prop Jeff Grayshon) and scored 2-conversions in Bradford Northern's 12–12 draw with Castleford in the 1987 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1987–88 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 17 October 1987, played left-prop, i.e. number 8, scored a conversion, and a drop goal in the 11–2 victory over Castleford in the 1987 Yorkshire County Cup Final replay during the 1987–88 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 31 October 1987, played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, was captain, and scored 2-conversions in the 20–14 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1989 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1989–90 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Sunday 5 November 1989, and played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, was coach, and scored a conversion in the 6–28 defeat by Castleford in the 1991 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1991–92 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Sunday 20 October 1991.

Hobbs was the coach, played left-prop, i.e. number 8, and scored a conversion in Bradford Northern's 2-12 defeat by Warrington in the 1990–91 Regal Trophy Final during the 1990–91 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 12 January 1991, and was the coach, played left-prop, i.e. number 8, and scored a conversion in the 15-8 defeat by Wigan in the 1992–93 Regal Trophy Final during the 1992–93 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 23 January 1993.[6]

Hobbs also won caps for England while at Featherstone Rovers in 1984 against Wales,[2] and won caps for Great Britain while at Featherstone Rovers in 1984 against France (2 matches), Australia, Australia (sub), New Zealand (3 matches), and Papua New Guinea, while at Oldham in 1987 against France (2 matches), and while at Bradford Northern in 1989 against New Zealand, and New Zealand (sub).[3]

Hobbs won a cap for Yorkshire while at Featherstone Rovers; during the 1982–83 season as an interchange/substitute against Cumbria.

Coaching careerEdit

Hobbs became coach at Bradford Northern until he left for Wakefield Trinity in 1994. He then went to Halifax as Director of Football. His brother, Kevin Hobbs, also played for, and coached Featherstone Rovers in 1999.

In 2005, Hobbs was appointed coach of his first team, Featherstone Rovers halfway through the season after Gary Price left, however he failed to save Featherstone Rovers from relegation.

Honoured at Featherstone RoversEdit

David Hobbs is a Featherstone Rovers Hall of Fame inductee.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ "1986–1987 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  6. ^ "23rd January 1993: Bradford 8 Wigan 15 (Regal Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Featherstone Rovers legends added to Hall of Fame". pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.

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