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Paul Hughes played down at POR a few weeks ago, he and Liam Hood sharing the hooking duties for Hunslet.

Carl's best game in my opinion, was in Rovers' promotion season of 2007. We played Oldham at the beginning of June that year at POR. Oldham were pushing for promotion that year and defeating Rovers at home would have been a massive body blow. I recall Oldham leading comfortably at half time when 2 things happened. 1) Tony Tonks was sent off for Oldham. 2) Carl Hughes came on for Rovers and in a magnificent second half display he turned the game on its head with two lovely tries enabling Rovers to win narrowly. Oldham were not so much of a threat to Rovers in the league, that year, after that.

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Paul Hughes played down at POR a few weeks ago, he and Liam Hood sharing the hooking duties for Hunslet.

Carl's best game in my opinion, was in Rovers' promotion season of 2007. We played Oldham at the beginning of June that year at POR. Oldham were pushing for promotion that year and defeating Rovers at home would have been a massive body blow. I recall Oldham leading comfortably at half time when 2 things happened. 1) Tony Tonks was sent off for Oldham. 2) Carl Hughes came on for Rovers and in a magnificent second half display he turned the game on its head with two lovely tries enabling Rovers to win narrowly. Oldham were not so much of a threat to Rovers in the league, that year, after that.

there you go again Leslie, lol

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Don't know if you've done them yet Mark but I remember the Ogdens, Jack and Maurice from the early 50's

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Don't know if you've done them yet Mark but I remember the Ogdens, Jack and Maurice from the early 50's

Yes Bazzer, they are on the list, but truth be told, once you get back to the 1950s information on players is a bit scarce, and I'd have to visit the P&C archives to find out more about those two and others too.

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I went to Wakefield College in 1983. The first thing I did was join the RL team. I was Fev mad, and I'd only played Rugby Union before.

The team that formed was out of my league. John Liley, Chris Hale, Richard Gunn, Tony Chapman, Mark Milner and Paul Wild were the heart of this team. The first player ending up being a Leicester Tiger legend in RU and the others all eventually playing for my beloved Rovers. Then there was one other. Jonathon Sharp. He was a collosus. 17 years old, teeth missing, could play any of the 13 positions could kick goals from any position on the field , was as hard as nails, but seemed about 30 years of age in his demeanour. A born leader, if ever there was one. But one thing stuck out about Jonny, away from the Rugby field he was a really smashing unassuming guy, who, even though I was ######, still made a mate of me.

I lost touch with him after 84. When he became advisor to Rovers in 2008, we crossed paths. I said, ' Jon, you probably won't remember me but well done in all your achievements"' as obviously he'd been involved with Saints and GB.

He turned around and said " Thank you very much, you're Andy from college all them years ago".

That's summed up the lad for me, legend. I just wished he'd have played for his home team in his prime.

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Three brothers who upheld the finest traditions of Featherstone rugby in the 1940s and 50s.....

http://marklaspalmas.blogspot.com.es/2013/03/walter-tennant-alan-tennant-nelson.html

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There Dad, my Grandad, played for Hull K R during his professional career, but his career was cut short after breaking a leg.

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Mark,

One person that might have slipped under your radar from a family already mentioned, was Trevor Bailey, the brother of Tommy Smales (loose forward). I don't think Trevor played professionally due to a serious knee injury with Rovers U17's in 1967, I was there when he did it. He was a brilliant back-rower and tactition, with a similar style to Keith Bell, and his knowledge of the game was second to none. Trevor played alongside Phil Cookson, Billy Harris and Barry Kear in one of the best packs the U17's ever had.

Trevor was undeterred by his dodgy knee and made his name as a top amateur coach, until he became 1st team coach of Wakefield in the mid-80's, a very rare event for someone who never played professionally

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Mark,

One person that might have slipped under your radar from a family already mentioned, was Trevor Bailey, the brother of Tommy Smales (loose forward). I don't think Trevor played professionally due to a serious knee injury with Rovers U17's in 1967, I was there when he did it. He was a brilliant back-rower and tactition, with a similar style to Keith Bell, and his knowledge of the game was second to none. Trevor played alongside Phil Cookson, Billy Harris and Barry Kear in one of the best packs the U17's ever had.

Trevor was undeterred by his dodgy knee and made his name as a top amateur coach, until he became 1st team coach of Wakefield in the mid-80's, a very rare event for someone who never played professionally

Cheers Steve. Not the father of Howard Bailey, or even Andy Bailey by any chance?

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Cheers Steve. Not the father of Howard Bailey, or even Andy Bailey by any chance?

Not sure Mark, Terry Mullaney might know, he was a big mate of Trevor in our youth and went to Normanton Grammar School with him. I don't see much of Trevor these days, but his elder sister Ursula goes to the same church as me. I'll ask her when I see her.

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is this the same trevor bailey who used to run the disco's in the old rovers where the car parks are now and did't it change its name to the posh penquin ???

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Monk, used to be a reasonable amateur player with Jubilee ARLFC. What I remember most about him was that he used to bring his Alsatian to the Rovers games. I also remember being stood near him and his dog in Jan 83, well before the cup campaign, I overheard him say to his mate, that he was convinced that Rovers would win the cup that year, despite their lowly league position at the time he was saying it. I don't know whether or not he followed his hunch and had a bet but He would have won a tidy sum. I think that we were at least 100-1 at one bit, antepost.

you were 150/1 antepost as after the final going round london , met up with quite a few fev fans who had a nice touch at 150/1 and were buying everybody in the pub drinks

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Some more 'hidden connections' in the Running In The Family series.

http://marklaspalmas.blogspot.com.es/

Steve, I bet you didn't know that Frank Hemingway............ ;)

Mark, I bet that you didn't know that besides Tommy Smales (scrum-half) and Jackie Fennell being brothers-in-law, so was Ron Bradley to them both.

Ron played for Rovers in the 50's so not many will remember him.

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Mark, I bet that you didn't know that besides Tommy Smales (scrum-half) and Jackie Fennell being brothers-in-law, so was Ron Bradley to them both.

Ron played for Rovers in the 50's so not many will remember him.

NO, I didn't know that. Funny you should mention Ron as he's in the very last Running In The Family post, due this weekend. It's all the loose ends and unknown possibilities. Ron may be related to Bill Bradley who played back in the 20s.

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Alan,Steve, Nigel, Pete, Brian all Barkers were closely associated with Rovers in the 80s. Nigel had a brother called Lyza, don't know if any others are related, we need Mo on this one. Also Gary Ward and Shaun Ward were in the Rovers squad in the same era. I remember Garry Ward playing prop at Waki in an away game at the end of the 81/82 season. Can anyone guess who the other prop was that night?

A couple of seasons later we had Geoff and Peter Clarkson.

Also, and Steve will know the answer to this, was Martyn Slater related to Steve and Ian?

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Alan,Steve, Nigel, Pete, Brian all Barkers were closely associated with Rovers in the 80s. Nigel had a brother called Lyza, don't know if any others are related, we need Mo on this one. Also Gary Ward and Shaun Ward were in the Rovers squad in the same era. I remember Garry Ward playing prop at Waki in an away game at the end of the 81/82 season. Can anyone guess who the other prop was that night?

A couple of seasons later we had Geoff and Peter Clarkson.

Also, and Steve will know the answer to this, was Martyn Slater related to Steve and Ian?

Martyn Slater is Richard Slater's brother Andy.

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Alan,Steve, Nigel, Pete, Brian all Barkers were closely associated with Rovers in the 80s. Nigel had a brother called Lyza, don't know if any others are related, we need Mo on this one. Also Gary Ward and Shaun Ward were in the Rovers squad in the same era. I remember Garry Ward playing prop at Waki in an away game at the end of the 81/82 season. Can anyone guess who the other prop was that night?

A couple of seasons later we had Geoff and Peter Clarkson.

Also, and Steve will know the answer to this, was Martyn Slater related to Steve and Ian?

I went to school with the Barker clan, Alan,Steve,Pete & Brian ( who sadly passed away this year on New Year's Day) are brothers, there Dad and Nigel's Dad were cousins, and this as been clarified by Nigel's sister who I work with. The Steve Barker is not the one mentioned in the article though.

I also went to school with Pete Clarkson, but I'm not sure if he is related to Geoff Clarkson

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