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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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The 1950s

At the beginning of the 1950s ninety two Yorkshire clubs published fixture lists with twenty seven of those clubs fielding more than two teams. The Army and RAF Units that were playing regular fixtures was decreasing from the numbers seen…

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The 1940s (Part 2)

World War Two had a massive impact on all sport in the County and although a number of Yorkshire clubs did manage to play regular fixtures during the War many closed down as soon as War was declared. Some clubs…

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The 1930s (Part 1)

The decade began with a hundred Yorkshire clubs playing regular fixtures. That number hadn’t increased by very much at the end of the 1938/39 season but the number of clubs fielding more than two teams had. When the handbook for…

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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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