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North v South (England Trial) 1875

 
 
 

This match was played at Whalley Range, Manchester North (won) 0 1 0 (J.R.Hay Gordon) South 0 0 0. The South featured 4 Clifton players. Butterworth was also registered with Marlborough Nomads.

The teams were

NORTH backs:- H.Hutch (Huddersfield), W.Grave (Manchester). threequarters:- A.N.Hornby (Manchester), F.S.Tetley (Bradford). halfbacks:- C.W.H.Clarke, J.R.Hay Gordon (Liverpool). forwards:- R.Walker, J.Genth, A.J.Buteel, R.Todd, C.L.Verelst, E.Cliff (Liverpool), H.S.Brooke (Huddersfield), W.H.Hunt (Preston), H.W.T.Garnett (Bradford), E.T.Markendale (Manchester Rangers).
SOUTH backs:- J.D.Miller (Clifton), E.J.Taylor (Clifton). threequarters:- W.Gray (Guy's Hospital), A.K.Butterworth (Marlborough Nomads). half-backs:- C.R.Gunner (Marlborough Nomads), W.E.Collins (St.Georges Hospital). forwards:- F.Luscombe , J.A.Body, J.Brewer (Gipsies), H.J.Graham, J.D.Graham (Wimbledon), E.B.Turner, G.R.Turner (St.Georges Hospital), R.H.Birkett (Clapham Rovers), M.M.Curtis (Clifton), H.R.Armstrong (Marlborough Nomads), W.R.B.Fletcher (Oxford University), F.J.Newton (Ravenscourt Park), W.Slade (West Kent), W.W.Pinching (Guy's Hospital).

Above Whalley Range, Manchester in 1899. It was the home of Manchester Football Club (Rugby) and Newton Heath Football Club who would later change their name to Manchester United. It staged several England Football and Rugby matches.