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‘Flash’ named as greatest ever hooker

Robins’ legend Peter ‘Flash’ Flanagan is the latest player to be inducted into our Greatest Ever Hull KR 13.

In a close race with fellow hooker David Watkinson, ‘Flash’ just came out on top, polling 264 votes to Watkinson’s 230. ‘Flash’ signed for the club on 9th May 1960 from Craven Park juniors. He learnt a lot from Alvin Ackerley and made his first team debut on 15th October 1960 at Craven Park against Oldham. He had the honour of becoming the first player from Hull Kingston Rovers to play in a Test match against Australia when he was part of the 1966 touring side.

‘Flash’ was also a leading figure in the club’s rise from the doldrums of the 1950s and was considered by many to be years ahead of his time and was a brilliant player in the loose and from acting half.  He won numerous honours with the Robins whilst making 14 appearances for Great Britain and going on two tours to Australia. 'Flash' was also given a joint benefit with Colin Cooper which culminated in a league fixture with Bramley being awarded to them as a benefit match.

‘Flash’ made his final appearance for the club in a home fixture against Whitehaven on 11th October 1974. He was released from the Craven Park register in October 1975 in recognition of his long, service to the club and shortly after, signed for Hull FC. In total, he made 414 appearances in the red and white, including three as a substitute, scoring 49 tries and kicking 13 goals.

Tomorrow we’ll be completing the front row as we reveal who came out on top in the vote to find the greatest blind-side prop.

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