David Hobbs (rugby league)

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David Hobbs
Personal information
Born (1958-09-13) 13 September 1958 (age 62)
Hemsworth, Wakefield, England
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row, Loose forward
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1978–85 Featherstone Rovers 172+336610515439
1984–87 Oldham 59+1111085265
1987–94 Bradford Northern 212+1230501321154
1994 Wakefield Trinity 7+30113
Total499107715531861
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1984 England 10000
1984–89 Great Britain 10+215014
1982–89 Yorkshire 6+1216040
1982 GB Under 24 207014
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
1989 Bradford Northern
199093 Bradford Northern 0000
199495 Wakefield Trinity
200508 Featherstone Rovers
Total0000
Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]

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David Hobbs (born 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.

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Background

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

Playing career

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. [6]

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. [7]

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 career

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.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gary Price
2003-2005
Coach
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Featherstone Rovers

2005-2008
Succeeded by
Danny Evans
2008
Preceded by
David Topliss
1987-1994
Coach
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Wakefield Trinity

1994-1995
Succeeded by
Paul Harkin
1995-1996
Preceded by
Ron Willey
1989-1990
Coach
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Bradford Northern

1990-1993
Succeeded by
Peter Fox
1993-1994
Preceded by
Barry Seabourne
1985-1989
Coach
Bullscolours.svg
Bradford Northern

1989
Succeeded by
Ron Willey
1989-1990

Honoured at Featherstone Rovers

David Hobbs is a Featherstone Rovers Hall of Fame inductee. [8]

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