Monthly Archives: July 2017

Ireland 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup

The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 is around the corner, taking place in Belfast and Dublin from 9-26 August 2017.  The Irish Rugby Football Union was chosen to host the eighth Women’s tournament in May 2015 and looks set to … Continue reading

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The Plight of the Northern Amateur

This work is based on cuttings in a scrapbook given to me in my capacity as archivist of Ashbrooke Sports Club in Sunderland, home of Sunderland RFC (founded 1873).  The origins of the scrapbook are uncertain but it seems to … Continue reading

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Goals From A Mark, 1871 – 1914

On January 2nd 1886 towards the end of the first half of their match against Wales when they were leading by two tries to nil, the English forward CH (Charles) Elliot caught a miscued kick for touch by the Welsh … Continue reading

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Remembering Drewy Stoddart- ‘the most famous sportsman in Queen Victoria’s empire’

Name: Andrew Ernest Stoddart  Birthplace: Westoe Position: Threequarter Total Caps: 10 Calcutta Cups: 1 retained Triple Crowns:  0 Outright Championship Victories: 0 Grand Slams: n/a World Cups: n/a The man dubbed ‘the most famous sportsman in Queen Victoria’s empire’ was … Continue reading

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