Thornes Football Club

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

Wakefield city in West Yorkshire, England

Wakefield is a city in West Yorkshire, England, on the River Calder and the eastern edge of the Pennines, which had a population of 99,251 at the 2011 census.

West Yorkshire County of England

West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in England. It is an inland and in relative terms upland county having eastward-draining valleys while taking in moors of the Pennines and has a population of 2.2 million. West Yorkshire came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts on each try line.

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]

The Yorkshire Cup is an English Rugby Football Union competition founded in 1878. It is organised by the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union and is open to all eligible clubs in the Yorkshire area. It was initially known as the Yorkshire Challenge Cup.

Wakefield Trinity English rugby league club

Wakefield Trinity is a professional rugby league club in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, that plays in the Super League. One of the original twenty-two clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, between 1999 and 2016 the club was known as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. The club has played at Belle Vue Stadium in Wakefield since 1895 and has rivalries with Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers. Wakefield have won two premierships in their history when they went back to back in 1967 and 1968. As of 2017, it has been 49 years since Wakefield last won the league.

Tony Collins is a British sports and social historian and author specialising in Northern England and rugby football.

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.

Henry Wigglesworth was an English rugby union footballer who played in the 1880s. He played at representative level for England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Thornes F.C., as a three-quarter, e.g. wing, or centre,

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References

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