Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Hunslet Engine Company

During the course of my research into Yorkshire Rugby during World War Two I have found references to a club called Hunslet Engine Company. This club did not exist prior to the War and I cannot find any references to the club post 1945.

The first mention of Hunslet Engine Company is in September 1942 when the Yorkshire Post reports that they played a fixture against Wakefield Old Boys.I am not sure where their home ground was in 1942/43 but I do know that some of Hunslet Engine Company's games were played at Parkside, the home of Hunslet Rugby League Club. From 1942 on the club played fairly regular fixtures, competing successfully against other Leeds clubs such as Roundhay and Headingley Old Boys.

I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who has any information about this club. Where did the players come from? Were they all employees of the Engine Company? Why didn't the club continue after 1945?

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