Bob Harris Runs Wild

24
May
Category: Heritage

Bob Harris Runs Wild

On this day …. 24 May

Fifty-seven year ago today, the 24th May 1963, was a memorable day for another fine Rovers wingman. Locally born Bob Harris, playing on the left wing for Rovers in a league game against Leeds, scored five tries for the Robins in a 34-11 thrashing of Leeds. It capped a wonderful season for Harris, in which he scored 33 tries, just one short of fellow winger Graham Paul, in 43 games. For most of those tries, his centre was another of Rovers rugby union imports from the south-west, Mike Blackmore. Perhaps sometimes unfairly compared with Paul, Harris was a top-class winger in his own right. In just over five years, he played 128 times for Rovers, scoring 77 tries.

In the same game, Rovers’ full-back Cyril Kellett kicked five goals to set new club records of 142 goals and 290 points in a season. These records broke the 128 goals and 268 points records that were set by Kellett himself four years earlier; and they stood for twelve years, until being broken by rugby league legend Neil Fox, in Rovers’ 1974/75 promotion-winning season.

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