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1895 - Old Dunelmians

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Another name that features in the Fixture Cards, County Cup and Player lists as the 19th rolled into the 20th Century, the O.D’s were elected to the County Union in February of 1896.

In December 1895. G C Kerr, (1872-1913) an Old Boy of Durham School returned to teach at School and formed the Old Boys club, a move supported by W H Bell from Sunderland RFC.  Kerr played initally for Durham City and went on to play for Scotland on 8 occasions from 1898. 

It is curious that a new club should spring up with Durham City just along the road, maybe it us a sign of the times, City themselves were undergoing upheavals, financial losses in 1894 (£16 in the red!) had caused a shakeup at the club and it was to take a few seasons for them to get back on their feet.

Durham School, the School has been playing Football in the Rugby Code since 1850 and among its many boasts, can state that one ex pupil Alexander Crombie, started a Club in Edinburgh, Edinburgh Academicals in 1854 and is often referred to as the Father of Scottish Rugby.  

Date (of image) : 1/1/1900

Donor : Hartlepool Museums Service

Creator : F W Mason

Part of the "Robert Wood" collection


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