This classic 1892 history is reissued to mark the Rugby World Cup 2015. Its author, referee Frank Marshall (1845-1906), became president of the Yorkshire Rugby Union in 1890, and quickly made himself unpopular by enforcing the 'amateur' status of players, suspending those accused of 'professionalism'. How might Marshall have reacted to the elite teams of the twenty-first century, or the recent dominance of Southern Hemisphere nations ('colonials' to him)? Marshall's book covers rugby at British schools, the origins of the Rugby Football Union, university and county level rugby, and the Welsh game. Featuring team lists, match results, appreciations of individual players, and many illustrations, the book also describes early international encounters, including the gruelling 'Maori' tour of England in 1888-9, and England's tours to Australia (1888) and South Africa (1891-2). 'The South Africans played a very hard game, especially forward.' A taste of things to come?
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.18(d)|
Table of ContentsPreface; 1. The origins of the game; 2. A bigside at Rugby; 3. Eton football; 4. The Harrow game; 5. The Winchester game; 6. Rugby football in Scottish schools; 7. The foundation and progress of the Rugby Football Union from 1870 to 1880; 8. Progress of the Rugby Football Union from season 1880-1 to the present time; 9. Past development in rugby football and the future of the game; 10. International matches and players, 1871-80; 11. International matches and players, 1871-80; 12. International football, Scotland; 13. International football, Ireland; 14. International football, Wales; 15. Rugby football at Oxford; 16. Rugby football at Cambridge; 17. Metropolitan football; 18. County football, the county championship; 19. County football, Lancashire; 20. County football, Yorkshire; 21. County football, recollections of Northumberland; 22. County football, Cheshire; 23. County football, the Midlands, Gloucester and Somerset; 24. Foreign tours.