Chapters: Rochdale Hornets. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 54. Not
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is an English professional rugby league club from Rochdale, Greater
Manchester, England. They currently play in Championship One.
Rochdale is also one of the original twenty-two rugby clubs that
formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, making them one
of the world's first rugby league teams. A Rochdale Athletic Club
was formed in 1866 and held its first festival on the cricket
ground at Merefield. Rugby football first took place as an
organised game about 1866 or 1867, when the Rochdale Football Club
was formed by a magistrate and numerous business owners and
self-employed men. Within a year they were all playing alongside
new members when working class men were allowed to join as well.
Other clubs quickly followed, among them Rochdale Wasps and
Rochdale Juniors. In 1871, Rochdale Juniors and Rakebank merged to
form Rochdale United. On the 20th of April 1871, the directors of
Rochdale Wasps, Rochdale United and Rochdale Football Club met at
the Roebuck Hotel in the town centre to form a senior team that
would represent the town. Rochdale Wasps. Rochdale Butterflies and
Rochdale Grasshoppers were suggested as names for the new club
before Rochdale Hornets was agreed on. The original team colours
were amber and black. In 1875, Hornets played at Mr R Kershaw's
Athletic Grounds in Vavasour Street, and later at the Rochdale
Cricket Ground. The club very quickly took a leading position in
the game in Lancashire. Hornets had an open door approach to
membership and were able to insist on gate money as they played on
an enclosed field. In June 1879, Rochdale Rovers threw in their lot
with the Hornets, and it was in this year that the club first
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