For the English journalist and crossword setter see Bob Smithies

Robert Smithies (26 February 1948 – 5 November 2019)[2] was an English rugby league player who played in the 1960s and 1970s.

Robert Smithies
Personal information
Full nameRobert Smithies
Born(1948-02-26)26 February 1948
England
Died5 November 2019(2019-11-05) (aged 71)
Playing information
PositionFullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1969–1971 Balmain 58 14 2 0 46
1972–76 Hull KR 55 22 0 0 66
Total 113 36 2 0 112
As of 14 February 2019
Source: [1]

Playing careerEdit

Smithies came to Balmain from the Illawarra competition in 1969.

He played three seasons with Balmain between 1969–1971, before moving to England to play for Hull KR for five years making 54 appearances plus 1 substitute appearance, scoring 22 tries for 66 points.[3]

Smithies won a premiership with Balmain when he played full-back in the 1969 Grand Final.[4]

Smithies played fullback in Hull Kingston Rovers' 16-13 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1974 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1974–75 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 26 October 1974.

DeathEdit

Smithies died on 5 November 2019, aged 71.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bob Smithies - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Rugbyleagueproject.org.
  2. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/11/06/vale-bob-smithies2/
  3. ^ "Old Tigers greats gather to farewell their spiritual leader Peter Provan". Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ Alan Whiticker/Glen Hudson: Encyclopedia Of Rugby League Players. 1995 (ISBN 1875169571)
  5. ^ "Vale Bob Smithies". Nrl.com.
  6. ^ ROBERT "Bobby" SMITHIES