Died 17 June 2006.
Bob, a goalkeeper played in the Football League for Middlebrough and York City, as well as in non-League football for Hurworth Juniors, Goole Town and the Posh.
In 1935 Bob signed for Middlesbrough from Hurworth Juniors. At Ayresome Park Bob managed just 9 first team appearances in his four seasons at the club.
Bob made his debut at the age of 17 against Manchester City with England star Frank Swift in the opposition goal.
Moving to York City from Middlesbrough in 1939, Bob had to wait seven years to make his recognised Football League debut for York due to the outbreak of World War Two. He did represent York City during the War but often played second fiddle to star guest Sam Bartram.
He was regarded as an athletic goalkeeper and made two penalty saves in one match at Rochdale in September 1946 to earn his side a 1-0 win.
Bob, who combined his part-time playing duties with a career as a tool-room foreman at Vickers, went on to make 27 appearances for City before joining the Peterborough in 1947.
Signed by Sam Haden, Bob made his Posh debut on the 1st September 1947 when the Posh entertained Rotherham Utd Reserves in the Midland League. In front of a 5,915 crowd at London Road Bob was beaten just once in the 1-1 draw.
Bob was Posh’s regular keeper for the 1947/48 and 1948/49 seasons and in his first season at the club he helped the club to their highest place finish (at that time) in Midland League (6th). However after Haden left the club new manager Jack Blood let Bob go at the end of the following season as he brought in George Moulson from Lincoln City.
Bob joined Goole but finished playing after he broke a collarbone in a collision with Frickley’s former York City forward Ron Barritt.
He went on to become a professional cricketer in the Bradford League between 1946 and 1968 having represented County Durham twice before the War.
A fine wicket-keeper, batsman and all-round sportsman, Bob also played for Woodhouse Grange and Dringhouses, turned out for York in the Yorkshire Table-Tennis League and was a highly-proficient bowls player.
Sadly Bob suffered and died from a heart attack while attending his grandson’s wedding in Marlow, Buckinghamshire on Saturday the 17th June 2006.
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