03 May 2020 / Club News

Our History rewritten

Our history rewritten. We had thought rugby in Whitchurch was first played around the early 1890’s. Whilst researching history for our centennial year, records were found of fixtures dated around that time. Eventually settling for 1892 we celebrated 100 years in 1992. But, a message recently from Joshua Heath, who is researching association football in South Wales, predates any all our previous records. He came across an article announcing the formation of a team by the name of Whitchurch football in September 1885. Football being the name of both sports back then. Just a month later, 24 October 1885 our first game, a loss to a more experienced Penarth team. Rules were a little different back then, more so the scoring system, as quoted as Touchdowns, Tries & Goals. Matches decided by the majority of goals scored. Many thanks to Joshua as we now know the exact date we were established.

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