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1886 - 1893 - Durham County - The Zenith for Northern Rugby

A selection of images concerning the clashes between Durham County & the Counties in the Northern Championship, which can been seen as the Zenith for Rugby popularity in the North. The years following this period brought on the spilt with the Rugby League and the rise in popularity for Association Football. 

 The Yorkshire, Lancs and Cheshire Unions were then at the peak of their powers but their clubs, both major and minor, were on the cusp on a disastrous split with the R.F.U. over broken time payments.

It is easy to look back at the past with a rosy rosy hue, these images show that even in the great eras,  travel chaos, disappointing results, new law changes and violence (on and off the field) were not uncommon!


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