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120 years of Rugby League history is commemorated in Bradford

Bradford’s Deputy Lord Mayor Coun Abid Hussain will unveil a special blue plaque to celebrate 120 years of Rugby League.

Bradford has been chosen as one of the special national sites to commemorate key events in the 120 year history of rugby league, as it was the home of the first Northern Union champions, Manningham.

Blue plaques are being unveiled during September as part of the Rugby Football League’s (RFL) celebration of 120 years since the founding of rugby league in 1895.

Nigel Wood, RFL Chief Executive said: ” Bradford has played a significant role in the history and development of Rugby League. It is fitting that this contribution should be recognised with a commemorative blue plaque in this special year for our sport”

“As we celebrate our heritage we acknowledge the special role Manningham has played in the history of Rugby League.”

The unveiling ceremony takes place before Bradford City’s home game against Sheffield United on Sunday September 20th at Bradford City Football Club’s Coral Windows Stadium, Bradford at 10am.

The football club has been chosen as the location for the plaque as this was the home of Manningham Rugby Club from 1886, before football was played at the site.

The plaque will be unveiled by Bradford’s Deputy Lord Mayor Coun Abid Hussain on behalf of the RFL, with other representatives from the club and community in attendance. Fans are welcome to attend.

On August 29, 1895 at a historic meeting at the George Hotel in Huddersfield, 22 clubs broke away from the RFU to form the Northern Union which became Rugby League.

Sunday is a great day for sport in Bradford with this unveiling at 10am, Bradford City’s home game with Sheffield United (kick-off 12 noon) and the 6th annual Sky Ride – a cycling event, taking place in the city centre (10am until 2pm).

Anyone travelling to any of the events is asked to check the Council’s website for details of parking facilities and road closures and take heed of additional road signage that will be in place on the day.

 

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