Auction Date: 18/08/2021 at 10am
Rare 1875-76 Manchester RFC and Opposition Joint Rugby Team Photograph: Unmounted, approx 11” x 8” and less bright and sharp as it once was but 145 years old and an intriguing posed pre-match image of the Manchester Club and their opposition. The cabinet caption claimed this as the traditional game ‘v the District’, which 4,000-5,000 attended, huge for those days; but the 125th book calls it their game v ‘the Veterans’. At all events it is very old, atmospheric & evocative and features no fewer than five whiskered gentlemen in England jerseys and caps, just five years after the first international match. Quite good.