vsyorkshireatleedsnovember19th1887Durham County RFU History

Although the first recorded mention of Durham County playing was made in 1873, the Durham County Rugby Football Union was officially formed on the 10th October 1876 at a meeting at Walton’s Hotel in Sunderland by the following clubs

The original Bensham Club, Darlington, Durham University, Houghton, Stockton, Sunderland and Westoe.

The first item of business on the agenda was to elect Durham School as a member of the Union. Incidently Durham School had been playing the game since 1850.

C Berkeley Cowell and E Watts Moses wrote a history of Durham County Rugby Union 1876 -1936 which was first published in September 1936.

The original printers and publishers Andrew Reid of Newcastle are no longer trading but after searching it was discovered that Elanders Hindson Ltd a multi-national company who still have a presence in North Tyneside are the publishing owners. After contacting the company I am delighted and grateful to say their representative gave consent to the book appearing on this website.

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Upcoming Events

  • April 26, 2017
    • Senior County Cup Final

      The finalists are yet to be known but the match will take place on April 26 , 2017.

  • April 27, 2017
    • Discipline Committee
      7:00 pm

      Discipline Committee will meet at Sunderland RFC

  • April 29, 2017
    • Darlo mini and junior festival
      10:30 am

      Festival of rugby for age groups, Under 16, Under 15, Under 14 & Under 13.
      Entering a team costs £25 each but if you enter four, the fifth goes free. To book contact: kendra@dualbound.co.uk

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