Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Memorial Gate, Twickenham

The Rowland Hill Memorial Gates were first unveiled in 1929 to commemorate the life of Sir George Rowland Hill, at the time rugby’s most famous administrator, who had died the previous year. Rowland Hill became secretary of the Rugby Football … Continue reading

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150 years of the Glasgow Accies…

Founded on 21st April, 1866 at a meeting held at the Glasgow Academy in Elmbank Street, the Academical Club played its first recorded football match, against West of Scotland FC, in January 1868 at Hamilton Crescent. In 1870 Glasgow Accies … Continue reading

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In memory of Fin Todd (21/04/1915)

‘There are two distinct types of great man: the man so great that he makes others feel small – and the man so great that he makes every other feel great’. These words written by the late Frank Keating on … Continue reading

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Young Americans by Stephen Cooper

Barely weeks after the first English Premiership rugby game played in New Jersey, USA by Saracens and London Irish, new evidence has emerged from a club’s archives of early American rugby connections in England. The walls of Rosslyn Park’s clubhouse … Continue reading

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Back to School- the origins of football and rugby

There were at least seven schools playing their own versions of what was known as ‘football’ in the early years of the 19th century. These were: Eton Harrow Charterhouse Westminster Winchester Shrewsbury Rugby These games of ‘football’ bore little relation … Continue reading

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