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Sadly we have just learnt that Hunslet Parkside Oldest ex Player. Syd Rookes has died this morning (Thursday 4th April) in Huddersfield at the age of 92.

Syd was also Hunslet’s last surviving player from pre second world war, having signed for Hunslet in 1937 as a 16 year old.

He Played 111 times in post war games scoring 39 tries.(We don’t have any Stat’s from before the war) He was also a former Hunslet Captain

He was a devastating center standing over 6′ tall with a text book tackle.

He was on standby as reserve center to Ernest Ward for the first post war Great Britain R.L. tour to Australia in 1946-( Ward was doubtful because the R.L. were having trouble obtaining his release from the services for the tour).

Most pundits of the day said he should have been picked in the first place as he had an outstanding season and was by far the best center in the tour trials.

In the 1934 Rugby League Challenge Cup final SYd was chosen as a ball boy at Wembly when Hunslet beat Widness 11-5. He also represented Hunslet School Boy’s RL team.

In his working Life he was a Police man, a traditional one at that “An old fashioned Bobby” loved by all.

Syd never missed a reunion until the last two occasions. He will be sadly missed by all his Ex Parkside Playing Colleague’s.

This former Hunslet National,Hunslet & Yorkshire Schoolboy was believed to be the oldest ex player from the three professional teams in Leeds of Hunslet,Leeds or Bramley, and one of the oldest in all of professional Rugby League.

His funeral will be at the Huddersfield Crematorium at a date to be announced.

May He Rest in Peace.