RUGBY Tries To Recover After WW1

Written and researched by David Bohl, with the kind help of British Newspaper Archive

[Liverpool Echo 11th Nov 1918]

The best part of five years had elapsed since the last General Meeting of the Aliens RFC in August 1914, thankfully the lucky ones decided to continue the club, ably led
once again by Captain R.W.Jones MC and bar, Sjt S.J.Kay MM and bar and Pte R.A.Roberts MM.

The object of the webpage is to capture any news regarding the playing of rugby or the regrouping of clubs with a view to arranging fixtures again.

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It is admirable to see the practice of charity games being played for the raising of money for returning broken soldiers and families, aforementioned are the Evening Express Prisoner of War Fund and the Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund, surprisingly still in operation now.

Throughout the summer of 1919 the Aliens RFC tried to secure the use of a ground with many disappointments, and it was only the influx of players from the old Hamilton Club and Liverpool College that teams could be put together. Eventually the season kicked off a bit late for them on the 18th October and with no practice matches heavy defeats ensued.


The Waterloo "A" team had a runaway victory over the Aliens on Saturday, defeating them by no less than 45 points to 3 points. Only in the first ten minutes did the visitors look like making a game of it, after which the home men romped away with them. Mossop opened the score with a try, which Schofield converted, the latter player following up with a drop goal. Whitehead and Dow later put on tries, one being improved. King, for the Aliens, livened matters up by running practically the length of the field for a fine try. In the second half Waterloo's superiority was still more pronounced, Mossop and Vianna especially being good, and putting on tries, while Schofield was deadly in his kicking, and only once missed improving, the ball striking the upright. Waterloo ran out winners by 7 goals (2 dropped, 1 penalty) 3 tries (45 points), to 1 try (3 points).

Liverpool Post 20/10/1919

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