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Challenge cup amateur club question

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As ive had loads of time busy doing nothing just lately Ive been geeking out on some social history, specifically local rugby league history and unearthed some gems of info. So im going to ask a question ' Which club where the first York amateur club to reach the Challenge Cup 1st Round Proper?'

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Before my time but I do remember my dad saying the imps played in challenge cup


sometimes you have to take a step backwards to move forward

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I will give you the year. 1899.

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22 minutes ago, GB120 said:

Against Wigan I believe, and didn't get thumped either!

18 Mar Groves Utd 3 Wigan 28

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I wonder if any of the 1899 team played in the Challenge Cup game at Dewsbury in 1911?

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18 hours ago, Boyny said:

I will give you the year. 1899.

Interestingly the same year that York played in the CC for the first time.

 

Also, York were drawn away in the first round, so York Groves Utd were the first York team to play a tie in the city.

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The info that have says that Groves gave up home advantage and played at Wigan.

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INL  reached the 1st round in 1910 and as GB120 states York Groves United reached the 1st round again in 1911 getting  a thumping away at Dewsbury.

Two of York Groves Utd squad ended up signing for Leeds RLFC. Albert Dennis Leeds Rhinos Heritage #261. Then Leonard Leckenby #267 who had moved to York Leeman Wanderers then signed for Leeds.

Sadly Len Leckenby was killed in action during The First World War and is buried in France. His name is on the war memorials outside Nestle and in Rowntrees Park as he had been working in the starch room at Rowntrees before enlisting although he had also worked as a butler.

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32 minutes ago, Boyny said:

The info that have says that Groves gave up home advantage and played at Wigan.

Blimey, in that case the score is even more impressive.

 

Wonder if there was a report in the Press? I'd like to think so.

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Not sure what the local paper was then. Yorkshire Gazette or maybe Herald?

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Yes the Yorkshire Gazette have a report Sat 25/3/1899  available on the British Newspaper Archive website.

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