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The 1970s

New rugby club names were still appearing in the County handbook but not in the numbers that had been seen in the 1950s and 1960s. The number of affiliated members of Yorkshire County was around one hundred and thirty for…

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The 1960s

The decade began with one hundred and eleven clubs listed in the County handbook as affiliated members. Eleven of the clubs were RAF Bases that in 1960 were mainly playing fixtures against other Bases on a Wednesday afternoon. Most of…

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Have courage and run straight!

“Have courage and run straight”. Have you ever considered where Yorkshire RFU’s motto, ‘Fortiter et recte’, came from? In the early 1920s, Yorkshire RFU approached Walter Robinson, the headmaster of Prince Henry’s Grammar School Otley, with the brief to select…

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