Where it all Began

Minutes from the first meeting of what became the Leicestershire Schools Rugby Football Union; 31st August 1894

Minutes from the first meeting of what became the Leicestershire Schools Rugby Football Union; 31st August 1894

Few would perhaps realise that it was this schools union in Leicester that was the first of its kind in the country. It began on 31st August 1894 when a group of 10 gentlemen gathered at the George Hotel, Leicester to discuss the idea of a league being created “for the promotion of Rugby Union Football in the town and district for scholars attending the elementary schools”. The meeting concluded with the formulation of “the Leicester Schools’ Football League (Rugby Union)” – the first of its kind in England.

Team picture of Wyggeston School Rugby Football School First Fifteen; 1939-40 season

Team picture of Wyggeston School Rugby Football School First Fifteen; 1939-40 season

Once the union was created it needed participants and the call went out to schools within the County to join however few were quick to participate and it took over a year for the first fixture to be played. This game was played on 16th November 1895 with the King Edward’s School from Birmingham making up the opposition. The season ended with victory for the Medway School who had won 7 and drawn 2 of the 10 matches they had played, the runners up were Charnwood Street.

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