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Sadly the description "junk" applies more to your comments than anything else. I wonder why you bother to waste time on writing irrelevant remarks?
My old school was playing rugby in 1870 and before. They were Cardiffs firsr opposition . The Cardiff club went by coach to the school, and coming back after, no doubt a few beers, the coach ran over a toll booth.
Becky Grey in referring to the description of rugby as 'football' in1866 implies that it had never been referred to as 'football' since. When I played in the 1960s it was often referred to as 'football', 'Rugby' being simply the adjective. The major clubs were nearly all 'football clubs' - Wasps, Blackheath, Harlequins, Leicester etc , etc. Many still are. The Association game was 'soccer'.
Interesting article. I bow to the knowledge of others when it comes to some of the facts, but one of them has to be challenged. The first known Rugby Club in Wales was St David's College Lampeter who were certainly playing in the 1865/1866 season. There is documentary evidence if Rugby at the College in the 1850s.Easily researched Ms. Grey
To repeat 35's request -Don't just state that the plaque is "hidden away in the back streets of bustling Yokohama". Tell us where it is. Jeez! Some people...
34. I am afraid it is you who is ‘writing junk’ - the Webb Ellis myth is not referenced in story, and the cricket match is only barely relevant in that some people were supposedly also playing rugby. If you are not interested in sports history, and cannot be bothered to properly read an article about it, that’s fine, but please refrain from commenting on it, then.
@34 Oh dear you are upset. Are you always like this?Well done Mr Galbraith - a fine piece of research.
@31. Actually. USA vs Canada (1844): The first ever International cricket match.No guns were involved.
@31 The first ever international Cricket match was played between England and the US in 1872. The Gentlemen of Philadelphia. Of course the game of baseball (invented in the UK btw) became the US national sport and cricket alas was no more in the land of the free.
The Brits (particularly the English) have rules for everything, even how to drink a cup of tea.Alan
@34 I was appalled by the rudeness of this comment. I suppose that it is a sign of these dark times. Well done, Mr Galbraith and thank you for your thoroughly enjoyable article.
I was a member of the Oxford University Rugby Football Team that toured japan in 1953. We were considered to be the first English Club to have done so, expect to some Service sides. We played 7 matches in a month, from north to south of that very beautiful country with kind people. this time. Sergio Connor was our delightful guide and interpretor who later became president of the Japan RU.
Very Interesting. I am in Yokohama for the RWC. Where is this Stone to be found, please?
Sad to see the BBC regurgitating the long since debunked Rugby Union's propaganda by repeating the Webb Ellis myth. What relevance does a cricket match between Royal Navy officers and British expats have for the history of football in Japan?If Galbraith can write this sort of junk one wonders what mickey mouse university gave him a Masters degree.
Revisionist nonsense there is no other evidence than an article which describes a football club... rugby has never been referred to as football in. Japan ... the original formation of Japanese rugby is as the Japanese themselves described
The Victorian sports administrators were all great. Amazing that most sports basically use the playing dimensions they invented.
@26 Yorkshire Mark.Speaking as an American...your comment was the best laugh I had so far this week. Sadly though cricket has very little support in The States. Rugby has slightly more support; and to be honest both remain relatively gun free
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