“Good old Bob” Agar was a stalwart in the old Redcar and Coatham side. He featured in some of the earliest games and was a mainstay thereafter, playing many Cleveland Challenge Cup finals against Middlesbrough. On one such occasion, he was so ill that his teammates had to help him get his shirt on. He was a regular in the Cleveland Association representative side, and will be remembered for scoring in Redcar’s first ever FA Cup match, a 3-1 win over Sunderland in 1884.
A talented centre half-back, Agar holds the honour of being one of the few players to have both played in Redcar’s gallant fight to the FA Cup quarter finals in 1886 and represent the club in their first league outing in 1889. He only lasted one season in the North Eastern League, though, before he retired from the sport and took up bowls instead.