STUDENTS swapped their lecture rooms for a Huddersfield hotel bar to see where rugby league was born.
Students on the pioneering sports journalism course at the town's university met at The George Hotel, the building where the Rugby Union split in 1895.
The breakaway body was called the Northern Rugby Football Union, changing its name to the Rugby Football League in the 1920s.
The students, surrounded by memorabilia of the game, discussed why the rift took place, before enjoying a tour of the historic building.
"Students often say they would contribute more to seminars if they were held in bar - so we've taken them at their word!" said course tutor Dr Peter Davies.
Students on the course learned why northerners from rapidly industrialising towns broke away from the Rugby Football Union's ``gentleman amateurs".
They were told while clubs in the South poached players (via secret payments) to bolster their ranks, clubs in the North were having to pay working class team members "broken time" money just to take the field.
The RFU had seen what had happened to soccer when the FA prevented a northern split in 1884.
By allowing professionalism, soccer and its clubs quickly became dominated by the working class.
Determined to prevent that, the RFU said that while gentlemen were permitted to claim legitimate expenses, working class players had to abandon the game if they could not afford to turn out.
"Players in the South came from middle-class families," said Dr Davies. "They could take time off work. They had no problems.
"Those in the North needed to be recompensed if they were having a day off work. It was a class divide."
So, on August 29, 1895, 22 clubs met at the George Hotel - in what is now the Founders Bar - to form the Northern Rugby Football Union.
Among them were representatives from Huddersfield, Brighouse Rangers, Batley and Wakefield Trinity.
Grant Upton, the hotel's general manager, said: "We are very aware of the importance of the George in the history of rugby league. We were pleased to host the students."