Former Doncaster Mustangs WR, Paul Oates, Passes Away

The Doncaster Mustangs got in touch to share some saddening news this week, as long-time Mustangs wide receiver Paul Oates passed away unexpectedly.

On Wednesday morning, the Mustangs family was devastated to learn of the sudden death of former WR, Paul Oates. Paul had only retired from playing contact at the end of last season and had moved on to flag this year.

Paul was a Mustang pretty much from day one. Anyone that played with or against him new he was a real ‘baller… and proper competitor. He would do anything for the cause and do it well. But first and foremost he was a WR of the highest order.

If you saw the ball heading his way, 99 times out of a 100 he would catch it. Probably spectacularly but also making it look routine

He was a legend and team icon. But more than anything he was a friend. We all loved him and will miss him terribly.

We will be paying further tribute to him on Sunday at our last home game versus West Coast Trojans.


The Britball community has been flooded with tributes to Paul, his ability as a player but most prominently his quality as a man of integrity and a passionate pillar of the game.




Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1