Rugby war games book
A new book about how rugby union continued to be played in Yorkshire during World War II has been published.
With a section on the activities of the Selby RUFC, Stuart Sheard’s Let Them Play By All Means, published by Drop Kick Books, is available from.ypdbooks.com
One of the most difficult times in the lives of many people in Britain, this is a largely unrecorded period in the county history of the game.
Contemporary records, memories, newspaper archives, photographs and documents help to describe how the sport responded to the life-changing events of the time, how a small group of remarkable club enthusiasts kept the game going against the odds and how some rugby folk made the ultimate sacrifice.
Stuart said: “Selby was very competitive during the war, playing against many of the local services units alongside regular fixtures against York, Leeds Medics and Leeds University (despite travel restrictions). The club was kept going by two enthusiastic committee men, Don and Walter Jackson, who arranged a full fixture list every season.”
And in describing Selby’s competitive nature, he said that when a game was lost, it was often only by a few points!
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