Leigh and Tyldesley were founders of rugby's elite
9:10am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in NW
QUEEN Victoria was on the throne when Leigh, Tyldesley and Wigan rugby teams joined 19 other clubs to form the Northern Union which was the foreunner of Rugby League.
On Saturday the social atmosphere of the time northern teams went professional with players receiving payment for time off work will be revealed to sport and history lovers at a new exhibition at the Museum of Wigan Life.
The ‘Tries, Teams and Trophies’ exhibition will be open from Saturday, October 5 to Saturday, January 11 and visitors to the exhibition can see original memorabilia from those early days.
Lynda Jackson, Community History Manager at the museum, said: “Our local teams have done us proud this year and in November the Rugby League World Cup competition will put Leigh and Wigan on the international stage with games being played at Leigh Sports Village and the DW Stadium.
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to put this exhibition together to bring to life the history of the sport for everyone to enjoy. Thank you to everyone who lent memorabilia and other items for display.”
From 1pm on Saturday you can join playwright Mick Martin at the Museum to discuss the people and passion behind the beginnings of Rugby League in 1895. Actors will play selected scenes from his nationally acclaimed Broken Time. To book a place, call 01942 828128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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