Thanks for that but it is my understanding that they already had a league and a second division and there was conflict re p and r. The suspension of many top teams for the broken time issue left them pointless in relegation spots, penniless as they were banned from playing and raising revenue at the gate and so. for survival, resigned to form their own league and then, as you have shown, inadvertantly found themselves out in the cold and out of the RFU although they all still officially resigned from that body after the founding meeting at the George.
So it seems to me that their resignation from, in particular, the Lancashire RU was linked directly to broken time as the clubs were all suspended for that offence and for their survival had to form their own union, whcih they naively thought they could do and then have it become a member of the RFU. When all that went pearshaped and they were forced into forming the Northern Union then you are correct in your synopsis but it seems that the root cause of their resignation was because of the issue of broken time payments was punished by suspensions which would have led to extinction.
There is ample evidence from the previous several years RU agms and statements from seniior RFU officials that broken time was an issue seized upon to attack the northen clubs with to force them out of the fold. There are even statements about being prepared to lose large numbers of clubs and suffer the consequences if they could but reclaim the game for the original participants, namely the public school, upper class stratas.
I have already explained earlier in detail about the dispute that resulted in the Yorkshire clubs walking out on the Yorkshire Union
The Lancashire clubs resigned over fixture control NOT broken time, how many times and how many quotes do you need. It was all well reported at the time, but misrepresented in the 'national' press. The club suspensions were a side show.
The clubs could not resign from the RFU at the George, they weren't members. It was more about sorting out fixtures and did any other clubs want in.
You can't resign from something you are not a member of.
It is well known that broken time and professionalism was an issue for the RFU, I have repeated umpteen times, but it wasn't the big issue for the NOrthern Senior clubs.
We all like to think we are who we are because of our forefathers courageous actions and we have built up our own myths, encouraged by the RFU and their media mates.
Edited by Padge, 13 June 2013 - 07:24 PM.