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Gerri Monside

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Not sure if this has been mentioned elsewhere, so apologies if it has, but BBC commentator David Oates has died. Enjoyed his commentaries and he was a man with a great deal of passion for RL. Particularly enjoyed the way the he & Stuart Pyke did "two handed commentary" i.e. Oates when one team has the ball, Pyke when the other has it.

Sadly missed. One of the good guys IMHO. RIP.

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Rugby League pays tribute to David Oates

The RFL wishes to send its condolences to the family of BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster David Oates, who passed away last night after a short illness. He was 50.

David Oates was a regular commentator on Rugby League on BBC 5 Live and 5 Live Extra where the lifelong Blackpool fan’s knowledge of, and love for the sport always shone through. He also commentated on a number of Championship matches for Premier Sports.

On behalf of everyone in Rugby League I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to David’s wife Charlotte and their children at this terrible time,” said RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood.

“David was not just a friend to the sport, he was a friend to many people at the RFL and we are shocked and saddened by his untimely death.

“As a broadcaster he was the consummate professional: his commentaries were never anything other than accurate, intuitive and knowledgeable.

“As a man, ‘Oatise’ was funny, immensely likeable and thoroughly decent. We are all going to miss him terribly.”

RFL Media Department

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Great bloke, I remember him riding on a London Supporters coach to coach to Hull in the 1990s. he was very knowledgeable about League having been born in Blackpool and supporting Blackpool Borough in his teens. A sad loss.

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Sad news.

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Very sad news. For all the BBC efforts to conceal the FiveLive radio commentaries or make them a surprise, they're always great value and David was extremely knowledgable. That's no age is it.

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Liked his style and he made the game exciting without going over the top. Certainly one of the best Radio Sports Commentators. RIP and thoughts to his family

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Dave Woods on Twitter: Best mates, best man. Never happy unless grumpy, funny, generous, no ego. Left us with the best memories. Oatesy, mate, loved you.

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Very sad, too young by far

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Just to reiterate. A real sad story and a reminder how fragile life is. RIP, will be missed.

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