Sport

The Rugby Football League (RFL) was founded in Huddersfield in 1895, so it is fitting that the archives of the RFL, the Huddersfield Past Players Association, the Up and Under oral history project and the papers of MEP Terry Wynn, can be accessed in Heritage Quay.

 

Harold Wagstaff leads out Huddersfield Rugby League team, 1909.
Harold Wagstaff leads out Huddersfield Rugby League team, 1909.
Yorkshire Senior Competition Shield, 1892
Yorkshire Senior Competition Shield, 1892
 Know the game rugby league football, c1950.
Know the game rugby league football, c1950.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rugby league collections present an unmatched history of the sport through unique documents such as minute books, player registers and correspondence. There is also the opportunity to get close to rare match programmes, photographs, tickets and one-of-a-kind shirts, caps and balls.

 

Photograph of 1968 Challenge Cup Final between Leeds & Wakefield Trinity which became known as the 'Watersplash Final'.
Photograph of 1968 Challenge Cup Final between Leeds & Wakefield Trinity which became known as the ‘Watersplash Final’.
A photograph of women’s Rugby League, c1990s-2000s, which we are keen to identify. Can you help?
A photograph of women’s Rugby League, c1990s-2000s, which we are keen to identify. Can you help?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The archives offer a fascinating insight into social history from the late 19th century to the present day. At Heritage Quay you can explore the history and identity of the working classes; understand the importance of gender and regional identity in the sport; and discover the international reach of a sport born in Huddersfield.

Smaller collections on cricket are also held, including a full set of Wisden.

 

Catalogued Collections

Printed Cricket Collection – http://heritagequay.org/archives/CRI/

Hodgson Cricket Collection Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/DH/

Rugby Football League Archive http://heritagequay.org/archives/RFL/

Terry Wynn, MEP Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/TW/

 

You can browse through and download a hard copy version of these catalogues on our ISSUU profile here: https://issuu.com/heritagequay/docs/heritage_quay_sports_collections_ca

 

Uncatalogued Collections

Huddersfield Rugby League Players Association Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/HPA/

Up and Under Project Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=Up+and+under+project

Wombwell and Oxford Authentics Cricket Club Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=authentics

 

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