Celebrating over 120 years of rugby league

An exhibition to celebrate more than 120 years of rugby league is coming to Castleford Museum.

Friday, 22nd March 2019, 8:56 am
Updated Friday, 22nd March 2019, 9:58 am
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‘In A League Of Their Own’ will open this Saturday, as part of the West Yorkshire Local Authority Museums Partnership’s ‘We Are West Yorkshire’ initiative.

Visitors can take a closer look at the clubs within the Wakefield district, including Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers and Wakefield Trinity, as well as clubs further afield in West Yorkshire.

Highlights include the rugby shirt of legendary 1880s Trinity player Harper Oliver Hamshaw, the ball with which Castleford’s Arthur ‘Brus’ Atkinson broke the record for the longest penalty kick in 1929 and the 1974 Great Britain shirt of Featherstone Rovers legend Jimmy Thompson.

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Tom Stannard, Wakefield Council’s Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: “The display is a fantastic celebration of Rugby League and shows how proud we are that it was created right here in West Yorkshire.

“Rugby League has a strong identity in the county and we have reached out to the clubs across the region to make sure the exhibition tells a truly West Yorkshire story.”

The exhibition runs from Saturday, March 23 until March 1 2020 and admission will be free.

17 March 2019 ...... Castleford Tigers v Salford Red Devils. Tigers Greg Eden. Picture Tony Johnson.