Born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, in 1875, Oates played 434 matches for London County and Nottinghamshire as a wicket keeper and right-handed batsman between 1897 and 1925. He took 758 catches and completed 235 stumpings and scored 5976 runs with a best of 88. He then turned to umpiring, standing in 5 Tests between his first, the England v West Indies match at the Oval in 1928 and his last, the Ashes match at Headingley in 1930. He died in Eastwood in 1949.
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