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This “football” sketch, published in Harper’s Weekly in July 1865, is one of the oldest football illustrations in my bookmarks. Winslow HOMER's "Holiday in camp – soldiers playing “Football” shows a fairly wild kind of mob football played by soldiers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Rugby-Pioneers
Bonjour François Les relations Franco Britanniques dans le rugby d’avant guerre sont un de mes sujets préférés ! Je n’ai pas votre e-mail. Contactez moi à fhumbert@gmail.com et on arrangera un moment pour en parler
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2018 on L'Entente Cordiale Sportive at Rugby-Pioneers
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My take about France v England tomorrow in Paris... Sportsman, journalist and rugby writer E.H.D.Sewell wrote in 1907 the best article in English (who said the only...?) about the history of early French rugby I’ve ever read. When Sewell writes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at Rugby-Pioneers
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Let’s mix the pleasure of collecting with a wee bit of French rugby history... I’ve just found this A.A.A.G. cap, dated 1905, which is much more than a niece piece of memorabilia :) A.A.A.G. stands for Association Athlétique Albert le... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Rugby-Pioneers
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SRU and FFR have created an “Auld Alliance Trophy” to be contested yearly between Scotland and France, named after “the captains of the two nations in the last matches played before the First World War – Eric Milroy (Scotland) and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Rugby-Pioneers
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This is to my knowledge the oldest action photo in French rugby, taken in 1893 at Racing Club premises in Bois de Boulogne (aka "La Croix Catalan"). This said, “action photo” might be over optimistic as the players are kindly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Rugby-Pioneers
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"a merry Christmas to you!" and "a bright New Year to you" Raphael Tuck's Victorian greeting cards are just gorgeous :) Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Rugby-Pioneers
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Ladies & Gentlemen, here's another "niche" for rugby memorabilia collecting: shares and bonds of rugby stadiums! These documents are sometimes nicely illustrated, and are interesting reminders of the business and entrepreneurial side of sports - even in amateur times... E.g.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Rugby-Pioneers
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There's something special, for both the collector and the historian, about pre-ww1 rugby played in California, culminating every year between 1906 and 1914 in the "Big Game" played between Stanford and University of California - the "other" Varisty match... I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Rugby-Pioneers
link to Tony Collin's article in "Journal of Global History" about the origins of football in America : https://static.squarespace.com/static/502784a984ae2d2eef45097c/t/51b300f6e4b0f0ee887a4b86/1370685686684/American%20Football%20in%20Transnational%20Context%20(JGH).pdf
Toggle Commented May 14, 2014 on Once upon a time in America... at Rugby-Pioneers
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Fair ambition !
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Sometimes, collecting rugby memorablia makes you uncover unexpected stories! I've recently found this French Rugby League contract which was surprisingly coming with a whole bunch of uncashed bank cheques... At first, I haven't paid attention to the name of the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Rugby-Pioneers
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These nice illustrated postcards are known as "write away" postcards... They all start by a few printed words, like this very rugby "I will try..." above - or "Sorry, I missed...", "Sorry, I couln't get away" below - and let... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Rugby-Pioneers
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Good news for American rugby fans, the All Blacks will play vs the Eagles in Chicago next November (read). New Zealand last tour in America was in 1913, when the All Blacks played USA and Californian teams (Olympic Club in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Rugby-Pioneers
Good news indeed !
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"a good kick a football-rugby" by Paul Dedeyn, Racing Club de France... Fine cover of French sports weekly magazine La Vie Au Grand Air, December 31st 1903... Two years later, this gentleman earned a cap as prop -yes, it was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Rugby-Pioneers
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I love collecting old rugby coaching books and I proud myself to own most of the world oldest ones... In this respect, this "A.B.C. of Rugby" proposed in the 60s by former All Blacks captain, and later manager of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Rugby-Pioneers
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This website has been idle for more than six months!! Shame!! even though in the meantime I've been active "online" on Facebook (join the 'rugby-pioneers' page!), Flickr, this French ww1 forum ... and even co-authoring a fine rugby book !... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Rugby-Pioneers
Thank you Sophia!!
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2013 on All Blacks are Devils (again...) at Rugby-Pioneers
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All Blacks are Devils!!... I regularly display this great postcard showing "New Costume Suggested for the All Blacks" (1906)... at least everytime NZ plays vs France...:) Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2013 at Rugby-Pioneers
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Edit April 2014 : the stolen jerseys are safe back home! This is not an usual "rugby-pioneers" post ! I'm helping Dave Dow, archivist at Swansea R.F.C. in Wales, to spread the word in the rugby memorabilia community that they... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at Rugby-Pioneers
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Let's celebrate the new Champion of England 2013: "Leicester, England's brightest rose"... These kind words aren't mine, but John Baines'... the famous late XIXth/early XXth cards publisher from Bradford... (click to enlarge) Center of the card is Bobby Lewis, wearing... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at Rugby-Pioneers
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Yesterday was "ANZAC Day", when people in Australia and New Zealand commemorate their soldiers who fought in WW1 and WW2 I've found this interesting illustation in French newspaper "Excelsior" dated November 20th, 1916 in the middle of WW1 turmoil... the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at Rugby-Pioneers
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100 years ago, Aviron Bayonnais (Bayonne) became French Champion for the first time of its short history. That day, April 20th 1913, the team led by its captain Fernand Forgues and its Welsh playmaker Harry Owen Roe crushed its Parisian... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2013 at Rugby-Pioneers
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He's a great find submitted to us by fellow rugby historian and collector Stuart Quinn in Hull. It's a lovely and colourful illustrated card (larger pic here) depicting a "North v South" game in the late 1880s or early 1890s...... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Rugby-Pioneers