THE first laws of Rugby Football were drawn up in 1845 by three senior pupils at, you guessed it, Rugby school.
The Rugby Football Union was founded in 1871 in the Pall Mall Restaurant in Regent Street, London.
In 1895 there was the infamous meeting at our George Hotel in Huddersfield when 22 clubs agreed that broken-time payments should be allowed, and they broke away from the RFU forming the Northern Rugby Football Union.
Of today’s Super League clubs, nine were represented at that gathering. Can you name them?**
Batley, Halifax, Hunslet, Leigh, Oldham and Rochdale Hornets are the clubs with teams which are still playing professional rugby.
But which are the other seven?
To celebrate 120 years since this breakaway, the RFL organised a parade of rugby clubs ahead of last Saturday’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
There were dozens of clubs represented, each carrying a flag of their team.
All, that is, apart from the original 22, who wore a commemorative shirt in their team’s colours.
So, if you were at Wembley, did you recognise all those 22 colours?
What an exhilarating experience it was to walk round the pitch in front of thousands of spectators.
And what a performance by Lizzie Jones, the wife of the late Danny Jones. How did she manage to keep her emotions in check?
On Monday, a petition was organised to have a single made of her live performance. (She sang ‘Abide With Me’ to the assembled throng). By the end of the day it was announced that it would be released on i-Tunes – subject to the BBC’s permission.
Watch out for this release and let’s get it to the top of the charts.
In those 120 years, our club has had great highs and the deepest of lows. (A timely plug for ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’!)
The last 20 of those years has seen the Giants slowly but surely become a club to be feared once more.
We have climbed out of the second tier to the very pinnacle of Super League.
We have had some quality coaches and world-class players.
But one man has been there all this time and has made it all possible.
I hope that the next time you see him, you will say a huge “Thank You” to Ken Davy.
Remember, there’s still time to vote for you Wagstaff Trophy winner, the player you would least like to leave the club. Would it be a current first-teamer or up-and-coming youngster?
Vote NOW at: http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Wagstaff.html .
Our annual meeting is on October, 6, with details and nomination forms for the new committee on http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/AGM%20Nominations.html . Get in touch with Dave Calverley for paper forms for both of the above (07887 878425).
We are almost into the second printing of ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’. Be sure to buy your copy before it is completely sold out (at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk or by phoning David Thorpe - 01484 533378).
** Answers next week!