Rugby League

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October 08, 2010 11:24AM

1886 - Concerned at the growing dominance of the largely working-class northern clubs, the Rugby Football Union introduces strict amateur rules.

1893 - Yorkshire clubs propose allowing players to be paid six shillings 'broken-time'payments when they miss work due to matches. RFU vote down proposal. Widespread suspensions of northern clubs and players begin.

1895 - Threatened with expulsion from the RFU if they cannot prove their amateurism, 21 leading Lancashire and Yorkshire clubs meet at the George Hotel, Huddersfield on 29 August 1895. They vote unanimously to form the Northern Rugby Football Union (NU) and allow broken-time payments