Monthly Archives: October 2016

How the city of Bradford helped shape the early history of Rugby Football

By John Dewhirst Ask a rugby enthusiast to name the traditional giants of English rugby and the chances are that Bradford would not come to mind. Yet immediately prior to the 1895 split, the Park Avenue club was considered alongside … Continue reading

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Alf Wright and the England Rose

Alf Wright recently made the news as the person who standardised the England rose way back in 1920. In homage to Alf’s original design, the 2016/17 England jersey features a patched rose. But who exactly was Alf Wright and why … Continue reading

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The Gould Case

The following is an extract from ‘One Among Many: the Story of Sunderland Rugby Football Club’ by Keith Gregson. The Gould Case was a cause-celebre in the days following the big split between union and league. The admirers of Arthur … Continue reading

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A.W.PEARSON: The first Australian-born International

It’s doubtful if any of those in the party from Guy’s Hospital Rugby Club, enjoying a drink before heading off to the 2001 Lions match in Melbourne, realised that they were only a metaphorical stone’s throw from the venue where … Continue reading

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Telling a ‘pirate’ from ‘a pirate of a pirate’

Perhaps the easiest and most common path into memorabilia collecting is via the once-humble match programme.  Some surviving examples from the 1880s and earlier were single-sheet, single-side even at international level, and intended mainly or solely as an aide-memoire and … Continue reading

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