Dave Sherwood

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Dave Sherwood

The club is very sad to learn that former club historian Dave Sherwood passed away on 5 March after a seven-month illness.

Dave saw his first Rovers game in 1955, and within a couple of seasons had become a diehard supporter, who watched the Robins home and away until becoming ill last August. From December 1979, Dave attended 935 consecutive Rovers games, which ended only in 2005 when he declined to travel to France for the cup-tie against Union Trieste Catalan.

On his retirement as club historian two years ago, his successor Roger Pugh, estimated that he had attended well in excess of 2,000 Rovers games and, most probably, over half the matches the club have played since joining the Northern Union in 1897.

Dave had an encyclopedic knowledge of Rovers, and always wanted to get to the bottom of even the most obscure detail connected with the club. In over ten years as club historian, Dave devoted many hours of research into his programme articles and answering many queries about past games and players. His knowledge was of huge help to Roger Pugh in the publication of the official club history, The Robins, in 2016.

Over the years, Dave became known for his fair-minded approach, always acknowledging good play by the opposition, and admitting when Rovers have been poor. Although Rovers were his first love, he was also interested in Hull FC, Hull City, and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and he had spent many happy hours watching all three.

Dave was on the committee of the Hull KR Heritage Group, at which his presentations were a regular feature of Heritage nights. He was also a past chairman of Beverley ARLC, with whom he had been closely involved for many years, and was a longtime member of the Hull & District Historical Research Group.




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