Old Haunts: The Lost World of Rugby League 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on 25/02/2017

Join fans and historians from across the country as we salute the lost clubs and grounds of rugby league. We will be collecting your memories and thoughts and turning them into a memorial to days gone by as well as uncovering the archival evidence of their heritage.


11.00 Fartown prior to World War 1
Hear about:
An FA Cup Semi Final played on the ground
The 1890 Yorkshire Cup Win
The birth of the Northern Union
A player attacking a spectator and a referee escorted from the ground dressed as a policeman
The game played behind ‘closed doors’
Wagstaff, Rosenfeld and the ‘Team of All Talents’
Cricket, Athletics and cycling

11.45 Douglas Clark, Fartown Hero

12.00 Ian Van Bellen and Tony Johnson remember:
Ian played for Castleford, Bradford, Fulham, Blackpool, Halifax, Kent Innvicta, Keighley and Huddersfield. A Fulham pioneer and cult hero.
Tony played in the second row for Huddersfield and is Chairman of the Huddersfield Players Association.

12.30 Spen Valley Clubs
Stuart Sheard tells the early days of Liversedge, Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike Northern Union clubs.

12.45 Your memories:
A chance for the audience to talk about their favourite (and not so favourite) grounds.

1.15 Break for Lunch:
A chance to browse through items from the Rugby League Archive. There will be exhibitions of Fartown, Thrum Hall and other grounds. Maps showing the locations of original grounds and an ‘Artist In Residence’.

2.00 Thrum Hall XIII 112 Years of Sporting Challenge:
A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled a project to be set up to enable the memories of players, administrators, back room staff and the fans to be collected and passed on to younger generations.

Free, no need to book. Parking on campus not available to the public