Category Archives: Clubs

The Greatest Game Ever Seen?

Barney Burnham recalls Wasps’ memorable run to the final of the 2004 Heineken Cup… Continue reading

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Portrait of a Team – the Sunderland Football Club XV of 1881

In 1881 Sunderland Football Club was victorious in the first ever Durham County Cup…As luck would have it the final was played on 26 March and the census information for 1881 was gathered eight days after the game, affording us a remarkable opportunity of discovering what kind of people were playing… Continue reading

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“How Newport Won the Springbok’s Head”

When the South Africans came to Britain in 1912, under the captaincy of W. A. Millar, they brought with them a stuffed Springbok’s Head, to be presented to the team who first defeated them.  They had the trophy with them at Newport on October 24th: it went no farther, for they were unexpectedly beaten… Continue reading

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#FromTheVaults – Melrose Sevens Medal, 1883

On 28th April 1883, a seven-a-side rugby tournament was played to raise funds for a rugby club experiencing some financial difficulties. The tournament would become an annual event – the oldest rugby sevens competition in the world… Continue reading

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#FromTheVaults – Twickenham Stadium Deed of Conveyance, 1907

Many years ago on a long gone version of our website, we hosted an ‘Object of the Month’ feature, delving into our archives to explore some of our hidden treasures. As it’s the start of a new year and a new decade, it seems the perfect time to revive this project. Out of our 40,000 objects, only 1.4% are on display so there is plenty of unseen collection for you, our readers, to discover! Continue reading

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War Games: Rugby in 1939

Extracted from Howard Evans and Phil Atkinson’s ‘War Games: Rugby Union during the Second World War’ Continue reading

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‘Sunderland Rugger with a Dash of Schoolboy Rugby Beyond’

Keith Gregson reports on one town’s efforts to rebuild rugby after the First World War… Continue reading

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Hartlepool’s Rugby History

Since RWC 2015 and as part of the “Impact Beyond 2015” initiative, the Hartlepool & District RFU has been engaged with the Hartlepool Museums and Library Services in cataloguing a large collection of Rugby ephemera dating between the 1870s and 1924… Continue reading

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Kent v Sussex 1866 – the world’s first representative match?

John Honeysett’s recent book ‘The History of Brighton Football Club (Rugby Union)’ provides a shake-up for established rugby historical orthodoxies. Amongst a number of claims is that Kent and Sussex contested the first county match in 1866, four years before Lancashire met Yorkshire for the first time in what is believed to have been the first representative match of any kind. Here John explains… Continue reading

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Old and New – a look at the changing nature of rugby committees, by Keith Gregson

Sunderland RFC’s historian Keith Gregson gives pause for thought about rugby club committees – past and present… Continue reading

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