Brighouse Rangers RFC
The club was involved in the meeting at the George Hotel, Huddersfield in 1895, and after the schism became founder members of the Northern Rugby Football Union (now Rugby Football League), playing for eleven seasons from 1895–96 to 1905–06.
- 1 History
- 2 Honours
- 3 Club name
- 4 Player earning international caps while at Brighouse Rangers
- 5 Records
- 6 Several fixtures and results
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 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 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.
- Yorkshire League: 1
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|
- Yorkshire Cup (Rugby Union) winners: 1895
- 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 October 1895||RL||Wigan||Lane Head||H||Draw||3–3|||
|1895–96||Sat 2 November 1895||RL||Hull||Boulevard||A||Lost||0–5|||
|1895–96||23 November 1895||RL||Widnes||Lowerhouse Lane||A||Won||3–0|||
|1895–96||14 December 1895||RL||Warrington||unknown||?||Won||13–3|||
|1895–96||Sat 28 December 1895||RL||Wigan||Folly Fields||A||Draw||0–0|||
|1895–96||Sat 4 January 1896||RL||St. Helens||Lane Head||H||Won||6–4|||
|1895–96||14 March 1896||RL||Widnes||Lane Head||H||Won||11–0|||
|1895–96||28 March 1896||RL||Warrington||unknown||?||Won||13–7|||
|1895–96||Mon 6 April 1896||RL||St. Helens||Knowsley Rd||A||Draw||0–0|||
|1895–96||Mon 20 April 1896||RL||Hull||Lane Head||H||Won||6–3|||
|1896–97||Sat 31 October 1896||YSC||Hull||Boulevard||A||Draw||3–3|||
|1896–97||Wed 10 March 1897||YSC||Hull||Lane Head||H||Won||6–0|||
|1896–97||Sat 20 March 1897||CC R1||?||?|
|1896–97||Sat 27 March 1897||CC R2||Wakefield Trinity||Lane Head||13–4|
|1896–97||Sat 3 April 1897||CC R3||?||?||lost to|
|1897–98||Sat 13 November 1897||YSC||Hull||Boulevard||A||Draw||0–0|||
|1897–98||Sat 19 February 1898||YSC||Hull||Lane Head||H||Won||7–3|||
|1898–99||Sat 24 September 1898||YSC||Hull||Boulevard||A||Lost||0–14|||
|1898–99||Sat 31 December 1898||YSC||Hull||Lane Head||H||Lost||0–21|||
|1899–00||Sat 23 September 1899||YSC||Hull||Lane Head||H||Lost||5–10|||
|1899–00||Sat 30 December 1899||YSC||Hull||Boulevard||A||Won||5–3|||
|1900–01||Sat 1 September 1900||YSC||Hull||Boulevard||A||Lost||0–13|||
|1900–01||Sat 15 December 1900||YSC||Hull||Lane Head||H||Won||7–4|||
|1901–02||Sat 21 September 1901||RL||Hull||Boulevard||A||Lost||0–3|||
|1901–02||2 November 1901||RL||Warrington||Wilderspool||A||Lost||2–7|||
|1901–02||15 February 1902||RL||Warrington||Lane Head||H||Lost||0–2|||
|1901–02||Sat 1 March 1902||RL||Hull||Lane Head||H||Won||4–3|||
|1902–03||13 September 1902||1st Div||Warrington||Wilderspool||A||Lost||0–3|||
|1902–03||Sat 27 September 1902||1st Div||St. Helens||Lane Head||H||Lost||3–4|||
|1902–03||Sat 8 November 1902||1st Div||Hull||Lane Head||H||Won||5–3|||
|1902–03||Sat 13 December 1902||1st Div||Wigan||Folly Fields||A||Lost||0–12|||
|1902–03||20 December 1902||1st Div||Widnes||Lane Head||H||Lost||2–5|||
|1902–03||10 January 1903||1st Div||Warrington||Lane Head||H||Won||7–0|||
|1902–03||Sat 24 January 1903||1st Div||St. Helens||Knowsley Rd||A||Won||7–0|||
|1902–03||Sat 11 April 1903||1st Div||Wigan||Lane Head||H||Won||3–0|||
|1902–03||Mon 13 April 1903||1st Div||Hull||Boulevard||A||Lost||2–23|||
|1902–03||18 April 1903||1st Div||Widnes||Lowerhouse Lane||A||Draw||5–5|||
|1903–04||Sat 31 October 1903||2nd Div||St. Helens||Knowsley Rd||A||Lost||0–10|||
|1903–04||Sat 27 February 1904||2nd Div||St. Helens||Lane Head||H||Won||3–0|||
|1905–06||Sat 16 December 1905||RL||Hull||H||Lost||7–13|||
|1905–06||23 December 1905||RL||Widnes||Lane Head||H||Draw||0–0|||
|1905–06||Sat 24 March 1906||RL||Hull||Boulevard||A||Lost||2–30|||
|1905–06||7 April 1906||RL||Widnes||Lowerhouse Lane||A||Lost||0–22|||
CC Rx = Challenge Cup Round x; TSC = Yorkshire Senior Competition;
- T'owd Tin Pot
- British rugby league system
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- 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
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- Warington History
- Morley RUFC – History
- RL All time records
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