Brighouse Rangers RFC
Brighouse Rangers was a (semi) professional rugby league club.
The club was based in Brighouse, a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, in West Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the River Calder and has a population of approx 35,000.
The club was involved in the momentous meeting at the George Hotel, Huddersfield in 1895, and after the schism, the club became founder members of the Northern Rugby Football Union (now Rugby Football League) and played for eleven seasons from 1895–96 to 1905–06.
After a break, a new club, also called Brighouse Rangers, appeared in 1915 and played in the Emergency War Leagues in season 1915-16, 1916-17, 1917-18 and the 1918-19 (Jan) wartime league (but not in the shortened 1919 (Feb – May) Victory League.
- 1 History
- 2 Club name
- 3 Player earning international caps while at Brighouse Rangers
- 4 Records
- 5 Several fixtures and results
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
After their annual general meeting in London, the RFU issued a decree banning the playing of rugby at grounds where entrance fees were charged, and so Brighouse Rangers, represented by H H Waller, attended a meeting at The George Hotel, Huddersfield, together with the with representatives of 21 other clubs, and agreed to form a Northern Rugby Football Union.
After the Great Schism in 1895, Brighouse Rangers were one of the founder members of the new league and the same H H Waller of Brighouse Rangers was elected the first Northern Rugby Football Union chairman.
In the first season 1895–96 the league consisted of 22 clubs and Brighouse Rangers, continuing their recent Rugby Union form, finished in 5th position.
In season 1896–97 the league was divided into Yorkshire and Lancashire. Brighouse Rangers, playing in the former section, finished in 1st position out of 16 teams, 2 points ahead of second placed Manningham and a full eight points above third place Halifax. Brighouse Rangers were crowned Yorkshire Champions.
In the following four seasons, still in the Yorkshire section, seasons 1897–98, 1898–99, 1899–00 & 1900–01 the club finished in 13th, 10th and 12th before moving up to a mid-table 7th in the respective seasons, each time out of the 16 clubs.
For the next season, 1901–02 the top seven clubs in each of the County Senior Leagues decided to break from the rest of the clubs and form "The Northern Rugby League". This is the first time these terms had been used. Brighouse Rangers, after finishing 7th (and beating Hull Kingston Rovers team with the same points by a better points scoring difference of 6), were included to this first division.
Brighouse Rangers finishing 14th and bottom with a playing record of 5 points (4 wins and 1 draw) out of 26 matches played.
The Rugby League made yet another change to the league structure for the next 1902–03 by renaming the top league as the 1st Division and increasing the number of clubs to 18, thus preventing any threatened relegations. Brighouse remained in the first division. In this following season, Brighouse Rangers again finished bottom out of the 18 teams, but this time only 2 points adrift of second bottom St Helens and 8 points away from third bottom Wigan. This time both Brighouse Rangers and St. Helens were relegated.
The following season 1905–06 the two leagues were combined into one. Also, clubs arranged all their own fixtures with the condition that any team they played they did so twice, both home and away. This meant that the league positions were decided on a % basis (i.e. the actual points gained divided by the number of points possible if the club had won every game – the answer multiplied by a hundred). In this, Brighouse Rangers' last season, they finished bottom equal with Morecambe, bottom with 8 points out of a possible 52 and bottom with a 15.38% winning percentage.
At their annual general meeting in summer 1906 Brighouse Rangers took the decision to disband.
After a break, another club with the same name Brighouse Rangers appeared during the First World War and played in the Emergency War League in season 1915-16, 1916-17, 1917-18 and the 1918-19 (Jan) wartime league but not in the shortened 1919 (Feb – May) Victory League.
Brighouse Rugby League club have reformed numerous times since. The current club are amateurs Brighouse Rangers ARLFC.
In the 1970s Brighouse played at Wellholme Park, near the Cricket Club. Towards the approach of the new millennium in 2000, Tesco bought the site including the Brighouse ARLFC clubhouse and with the money, the club built anew on Russell Way, off Bradford Road.
According to the official Rugby League records the Club was called Brighouse Rangers Some sites and books refer to the club as Brighouse Rovers though.
Player earning international caps while at Brighouse Rangers
- William "Billy" Nicholl (b 30/10/1868 in Rastrick — d 10/04/1922 in Brighouse)) played for England, in 1892 against Wales, and Scotland and for Brighouse Rangers, at both Rugby Union and Rugby League.
The club's first ground was at Fink Hill. In 1883 they moved to Waterloo Road, Lane Head (now the site of St Andrews Junior School and adjacent allotments), where they stayed until their demise in 1906.
Club league performance
|In a Season|
|Highest League Position||5||1895–96||RL||out of clubs|
|or||1||1896–97||Yorks Sen||out of clubs|
|Lowest League Position||31||1905–06||RL||out of clubs|
|and||14||1901–02||RL||out of clubs|
|and||18||1902–03||1st Div||out of clubs|
|Most League Points||56||1895–96||RL||out of possible 84 = 67%|
|or||48||1896–97||Yorks Sen||out of possible 60 = 80%|
|Least League Points||7||1901–02||RL||out of possible 52 = 14%|
|Most Points Scored (PF)||247||1895–96||RL||In 42 games = 5.88/game|
|or||213||1896–97||Yorks Sen||In 30 games = 2.18/game|
|Most Points Conceded (PA)||333||1905–06||RL||In 26 games = 3.35/game|
|Least Points Scored (PF)||74||1901–02||RL||In 26 games = 2.85/game|
|or (PF)||79||1902–03||1st Div||In 34 games = 2.32/game|
|Least Points Conceded (PA)||68||1896–97||Yorks Sen||In 30 games = 7.1/game|
|Best Points Difference||145||1896–97||Yorks Sen||In 30 games|
|Worst Points Difference||-250||1901–02||RL||In 26 games|
Brighouse Rangers were the first Champions of the 1896–97 Yorkshire Senior Competition.
Club league record
|Season||Competition||Pos||Team Name||Pl||W||D||L||PW||PA||Diff||Pts||%||No of teams in league||Notes||Ref|
|1896–97||Yorks Sen||1||Brighouse Rangers||30||22||4||4||213||68||145||48|
|1897–98||Yorks Sen||13||Brighouse Rangers||30||9||5||16||143||172||–9||23|
|1898–99||Yorks Sen||10||Brighouse Rangers||30||12||2||16||114||191||-77||26|
|1899–00||Yorks Sen||12||Brighouse Rangers||30||9||3||18||80||231||-151||21|
|1900–01||Yorks Sen||7||Brighouse Rangers||30||16||0||14||194||162||32||32|
|1902–03||1st Div||18||Brighouse Rangers||34||7||4||23||79||270||-191||18|
|1903–04||2nd Div||6||Brighouse Rangers||32||19||3||10||192||136||56||41|
|1904–05||2nd Div||11||Brighouse Rangers||26||8||1||17||111||169||-58||17|
Pl = Games Played: W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lose; PF = Points For; PA = Points Against; Diff = Points Difference (+ or -); Pts = League Points
League points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.
Several fixtures and results
|1895–96||Mon 14-10-1895||RL||Wigan||Lane Head||H||Draw||3-3|||
|1895–96||Sat 28-12-1895||RL||Wigan||Folly Fields||A||Draw||0–0|||
|1895–96||Sat 04–01-1896||RL||St Helens||Lane Head||H||Won||6-4|||
|1895–96||Mon 06–04-1896||RL||St Helens||Knowsley Rd||A||Draw||0–0|||
|1895–96||Mon 20–04-1896||RL||Hull||Lane Head||H||Won||6-3|||
|1896–97||Wed 10–03-1897||YSC||Hull||Lane Head||H||Won||6–0|||
|1896–97||Sat 20–03-1897||CC R1||?||?|
|1896–97||Sat 27–03-1897||CC R2||Wakefield Trinity||Lane Head||13-4|
|1896–97||Sat 03–04-1897||CC R3||?||?||lost to|
|1897–98||Sat 19–02-1898||YSC||Hull||Lane Head||H||Won||7-3|||
|1898–99||Sat 31-12-1898||YSC||Hull||Lane Head||H||Lost||0-21|||
|1899–00||Sat 23–09-1899||YSC||Hull||Lane Head||H||Lost||5-10|||
|1900–01||Sat 15-12-1900||YSC||Hull||Lane Head||H||Won||7-4|||
|1901–02||Sat 01–03-1902||RL||Hull||Lane Head||H||Won||4-3|||
|1902–03||Sat 27–09-1902||1st Div||St Helens||Lane Head||H||Lost||3-4|||
|1902–03||Sat 08-11-1902||1st Div||Hull||Lane Head||H||Won||5-3|||
|1902–03||Sat 13-12-1902||1st Div||Wigan||Folly Fields||A||Lost||0-12|||
|1902–03||20-12-1902||1st Div||Widnes||Lane Head||H||Lost||2-5|||
|1902–03||10–01-1903||1st Div||Warrington||Lane Head||H||Won||7–0|||
|1902–03||Sat 24–01-1903||1st Div||St Helens||Knowsley Rd||A||Won||7–0|||
|1902–03||Sat 11–04-1903||1st Div||Wigan||Lane Head||H||Won||3–0|||
|1902–03||Mon 13–04-1903||1st Div||Hull||Boulevard||A||Lost||2-23|||
|1902–03||18–04-1903||1st Div||Widnes||Lowerhouse Lane||A||Draw||5-5|||
|1903–04||Sat 31-10-1903||2nd Div||St Helens||Knowsley Rd||A||Lost||0-10|||
|1903–04||Sat 27–02-1904||2nd Div||St Helens||Lane Head||H||Won||3–0|||
CC Rx = Challenge Cup Round x; TSC = Yorkshire Senior Competition;
- T'owd Tin Pot
- British rugby league system
- 1895–96 Northern Rugby Football Union season
- 1896–97 Northern Rugby Football Union season
- 1897–98 Northern Rugby Football Union season
- 1898–99 Northern Rugby Football Union season
- 1899–1900 Northern Rugby Football Union season
- 1900–01 Northern Rugby Football Union season
- 1901–02 Northern Rugby Football Union season
- 1902–03 Northern Rugby Football Union season
- 1903–04 Northern Rugby Football Union season
- 1904–05 Northern Rugby Football Union season
- 1905–06 Northern Rugby Football Union season
- The Great Schism – Rugby League View
- The Great Schism – Rugby Union View
- Rugby league county leagues
- William "Billy" Nicholl
- List of defunct rugby league clubs
- Brighouse Rangers
- "Brighouse Rangers ARLFC - History".
- "Morley RUFC - History".
- "South Wales Scorpions - A brief history to the origins of Rugby League".
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- "RFL Past Chairmen of the council".
- Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6.
- 324 "Cherry and White".
- "Widnes History".
- "Saints Heritage Society".
- aspx "Hull&Proud".
- "Warington History".
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- Hull&Proud Fixtures & Results 1896/1897
- Widnes Vikings - One team, one passion Season In Review - 1896–97
- Saints Heritage Society
- rugbyleagueproject: Swinton Lions
- Warington History
- Morley RUFC - History
- RL All time records
- International Statistics at scrum.com
- Search for "Nicholl" at rugbyleagueproject.org