Robert Ayres (rugby league)

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Robert H. Ayres
Personal information
Full name Robert Herbert Ayres
Nickname Bob
Born 11 January 1914
Barrow-in-Furness district
Died July 1993 (aged 79)
Lancashire
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1933–≥1945 Barrow
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Lancashire
1937 British Empire 1
1938–1945 England 3 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Robert "Bob" Herbert Ayres (11 January 1914 in Barrow-in-Furness district[1] - July 1993 (aged 79) in Lancashire[2]) was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1930s and '40s, playing at representative level for England, British Empire, and Lancashire, and at club level for Barrow, as a Prop, or Second-row, i.e. 8 or 10, or, 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Bob Ayres represented British Empire while at Barrow in 1937 against France, and won caps for England while at Barrow in 1938 against Wales, and France, and in 1945 against Wales.[3]

County honours[edit]

Bob Ayres won cap(s) for Lancashire while at Barrow.

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Bob Ayres played right-Second-row, i.e. number 12 in Barrow's 4-7 defeat by Salford in the 1937–38 Challenge Cup final at Wembley on Saturday 7 May 1938.

Lancashire Cup final appearances[edit]

Bob Ayres played right-Second-row, i.e. number 12 in Barrow's 4-8 defeat by Warrington in the 1937–38 Lancashire Cup final at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 23 October 1937.[4]

Testimonial match[edit]

Bob Ayres' Testimonial matches at Barrow were shared with Val Cumberbatch, John Higgin, William Little, and Dan McKeating, and took place against Swinton on Saturday 27 April 1946, and against Oldham on Saturday 27 January 1947.[5]

Contemporaneous article extract[edit]

"The man who always comes up smiling, Club captain during the war years. A product of local football, signed in 1933. Has few equals as a second row forward. International and County player."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Ayres, Robert Herbert. "All England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007". Ancestry. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Barrow Make Two Finals In One Year". nwemail.co.uk. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Barrow Testimonial Game for Big Five". cumberbatch.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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