Dickie Rooks

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Dickie Rooks
Personal information
Full name Richard Rooks
Date of birth (1940-05-29)29 May 1940
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Playing position Centre half
Youth career
19??–19?? Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1965 Sunderland 34 (2)
1965–1969 Middlesbrough 136 (14)
1969–1972 Bristol City 96 (4)
1972–197? Willington ? (?)
Teams managed
1972–197? Willington player coach
1974–1976 Scunthorpe United
197?–197? Zanzibar
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Richard "Dickie" Rooks (born 29 May 1940) is an English former footballer who played as a centre half. He made over 260 Football League appearances in the years after the Second World War.[1]


Rooks played locally for Sunderland youth teams.[2] Rooks signed professional in June 1957 for Sunderland.[2] Rooks moved from Sunderland for £20,000 to Middlesbrough in August 1965. Alan Dicks signed Rooks for £17,000 in June 1969 for Bristol City.[3]

Rooks left Bristol City in July 1972 to become the player coach at Willington. Rooks then joined Scunthorpe United in November 1974 as manager for 14 months before being sacked in January 1976. Scunthorpe United had finished 24th and bottom of the Fourth Division in 1974-75 and been forced to seek re-election. Rooks then coached Zanzibar and was an FA Coach for Tyne & Wear linked to Sunderland's School of Excellence.[2]

When Rooks retired from football he became a self-employed builder in his home town Sunderland.[2]


with Middlesbrough


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry (1998). PFA Football League Players' Records 1946 – 1998. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 1-85291-585-4.
  2. ^ a b c d Woods, David; Edwards, Leigh (1997). Bristol City FC The First 100 years. Redcliffe Press. ISBN 1-900178-26-5.
  3. ^ Woods, David (1994). Bristol Babe The First 100 years of Bristol City FC. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-95-X.
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