Category Archives: Clubs

150 Years of Wasps Rugby

By Barney Burnham How do you go about condensing 150 years of history into a book which will fit onto the average coffee table?  That was the question I began to consider about three years ago, when a few people … Continue reading

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William Webb Ellis and the Origins of Rugby – a new perspective

On the 29th August 1895 at the George Hotel in Huddersfield, 22 rugby clubs met to discuss the cessation of their membership of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and shortly thereafter proclaimed a new Northern Union.  Initially the game that … Continue reading

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Spotlight on John Warburton Sagar

Born on the 6th December 1878 at Deaf Hill, Trimdon, Durham, John Warburton Sagar was the eldest son of the Reverend Oates Sagar and Hannah Warburton.  He was educated at Durham School and Jesus College, Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge, he … 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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The Life and Times of Herbert Fallas

Herbert Fallas was born in Wakefield in November 1861.  James Henry was his elder brother, whom he would later play alongside at Belle Vue. On the 1881 census, Herbert was described as an accountant clerk and three years later he … Continue reading

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‘The Captain Who Never Came Back’ – Bob Seddon

Name: Robert Lionel Seddon Birthplace: Salford Position: Forward Total Caps: 3 Calcutta Cups: 1 retained Triple Crowns: 0 Outright Championship Victories: 0 Grand Slams: n/a World Cups: n/a Bob Seddon was the only player to have been described as being … Continue reading

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Rugby Memorabilia – Not just for rugby enthusiasts…

As a collector of rugby memorabilia I am always keen to show off my collection.  I write a monthly newsletter, ‘Burglar Bill’, to share my Wakefield related memorabilia with a like minded audience and I run two Facebook groups which … Continue reading

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