Thornes Football Club

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Thornes Football Club was a Wakefield, West Yorkshire based rugby side who played between 1878 and 1894.

They are best known for winning the Yorkshire Cup in 1882, beating Wakefield Trinity in a game described by Professor Tony Collins as "possibly the greatest upset in English rugby".[1]

Henry Wigglesworth won a cap for England whilst at the club in the 1884 Home Nations Championship in the 1-goal to nil victory over Ireland at Lansdowne Road on Monday 4 February 1884. He also played for Yorkshire.


  1. ^ Huw Richards, "A game for hooligans — The history of Rugby Union", ISBN 978-1-84596-255-5