Tim Brooke is a former player of Hull University Rugby League from the early eighties who sadly passed away in August 2003 at the age of 41.
Tim represented the spirit and dedication that flows through our club and shortly after his passing it was suggested HURL should honour Tim and his commitment. April 2004 saw the inaugural Tim Brook memorial game take place. Since then the club has honoured his memory by playing an annual memorial game between the current crop of players and past players (old boys).
While playing for HURL Tim graduated with a degree in politics. However we remember him more for his on field antics which earned himself 2 call ups to represent Great Britain Universities against France. In a long and distinguished playing career this is just a fraction of his honours he received.
Tim who played at prop began his career with St Josephs, making 8 holiday final appearances before joining Moldgreen ARLFC where he enjoyed most of his success, winning the Frank Dyson man of the match trophy 3 times in the Holiday cup final.
Playing for Yorkshire in 1986 he helped them win the county championship before playing for BARLA presidents XIII. This helped him become only the fourth Huddersfield and District Amateur Rugby League player to represent BARLA open-age team when he turned out against Papua New Guinea at Thrum Hall, Halifax in October 1987.
In 1992 he was named the the National League Second Division Player of the Year before a successful one-off season at Saddleworth Rangers.
Tim’s love and passion for rugby saw him cover a number of Underbank Rangers National 3 matched for the Huddersfield examiner and compile match statistics for Castleford Tigers and Bradford Bulls for the world renowned Press Association News Agency.
Upon his passing in 2003 Maurice Oldroyd, chairman of BARLA said “its a great loss. As a player. Time was a clever ball-handling forward who was also a good goal kicker.” “Since hanging up his boots he had done a lot of work on the promotional side and was just as good an ambassador off the pitch as he was on it.”
Tim loved nothing more than to return to Hull University for the Old Boys Weekend, enjoying seeing the current crop of players be victorious over the old boys.
Tim represents the passion that every player who puts on the blue and amber has. Loving to return to for the Old Boys Weekend, he enjoyed nothing more than seeing the current crop of players be victorious over the old boys.
We are proud as a club to honour him every year.