Red Rose

By "Sir" - March 24 2009

Red Rose

One of the best remembered sides of the Pyman League days, on either side of the Great War, the Red Rose club was particularly strong in the Competitive field of Rugby Football.

Though only formed in 1910/11 season, they immediately won the Pyman League and did so for the following three seasons; also they carried off the Third, Second and Junior Cups in various seasons. Indeed they were strong enough to win the Third Teams' Cup in 1911 and the Clubs' Second XV achieved the same feat in 1914.

With the restart of the County Matches in the 1918/19 season, in an endeavour to re-establish the County Union, several games were played with Northumberland, and the Durham side in those games included several Red Rose players, e.g. A. Wilkinson on the wing and E. Dixon in the pack.

Once the Pyman League had restarted the name Red Rose was soon back onto the winners' list of that trophy and then moved onto success in the Junior Cup in 1924, defeating Heortensians on the Friarage by 14-5.

The demise of the club came in 1925 when internal squabbles led to disbandment.