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Who is a ‘YORKSHIREMAN’?

Yorkshire rugby union has never followed in the footsteps of its cricketing counterpart 'birth right' rule, where only cricketers born in the Broadacres qualified to play for the county - although there were notable exceptions, the most famous being Lord…

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Yorkshire v Lancashire – Pre schism

1878 saw the first 15 a-side game between the two counties, although due to injuries both teams were reduced to 14 players for most of the match. Between 14-16,000 spectators watched the clash at Halifax which resulted in a Lancashire…

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Yorkshire versus the Rest of England

In 1888/89 the RFU officially recognised the title of County Champion. The manner of deciding the winners was down to a committee of the RFU who simply chose the team with the best record and declared them champions. Yorkshire had…

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The Lost Rugby Clubs of Leeds

What happened to a number of successful rugby clubs that operated in the Leeds area prior to World War Two? Most of these ‘lost’ clubs were formed in the ‘rugby boom’ of the 1920s. However, despite having decent playing records,…

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Missionary workers: Yorkshire Wanderers

Following the aftermath of the 1895 schism, the Yorkshire RFU were at low ebb.  Membership of the union had declined from approx. 150 clubs to just into low double figures and the quality of fixture lists of the remaining clubs…

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