David Hobbs (rugby league)
13 September 1958 |
David Hobbs (born Hemsworth) is an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s, and 1990s, and coach of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s who played at representative level for Great Britain, and England, and at club level for Featherstone Rovers (Heritage № 549), Oldham, Bradford Northern, and Wakefield Trinity (captain) (Heritage № 1055), as a front or second row forward. He coached at club level for Bradford Northern, Wakefield Trinity, and Featherstone Rovers.13 September 1958 in
Hobbs started his career at Featherstone, he 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.
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.
He later transferred 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.
Hobbs also won caps for England while at Featherstone Rovers in 1984 against Wales, 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).
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, he failed to save Featherstone Rovers from relegation.
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