Skipton Rugby Football Club – 1911 – 1912 – Memories of Skipton


Taken from the fantastic we have this photograph of the Skipton RFC in their 1911-1912 season. Luckily, one of the members of the website had this insight, giving us a look into the story behind the photograph.

The Story

“Skipton beat Otley 7 – 0, at Ilkley. John McIntyre is stood on the far left. He was a schoolboy at Ermysted’s at the time, aged 18. He had trials for the Yorkshire and Cumberland County teams.He was training to be a teacher at St. John’s in York when the war broke out in 1914. He served with the Gordon Highlanders and the 2nd Battalion Green Howards as a 2nd Lieutenant.

Unfortunately, he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Loos, in France on 25th September 1915. He died in a German prisoner of war camp on 5th October 1915. To the left of the captain is Alex McIntosh, a senior master at Ermysted’s and future headmaster. He was a county regular.” – Steve Howarth.


“My grandfather Stephen Bishop is standing on the far right of the back row of five men. He had played for Skipton for many years and played for Yorkshire in 1907. He died on Hill 60 near Ypres aged 37 in 1915 in the 1st battalion Duke of Wellingtons” –  Barbara Dixon


“The team is Back Row.J.C.McIntyre, J.Pickard, J.Graham, W.Fletcher, P.Fields, S.Bishop.Middle Row, ThaitesA.Lambert, A.McIntosh C.Tosney Capt., A.Clarke, W.Scott, H.Blakey, Front: C.Thwaites, W.Brayshaw, J.E.Gill,  G.Fennerty. Alf Clarke played the trombone with the Skipton Mission band.For big games, he would march to the ground, play the game and then march back with them.” – J M Varley


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