Classic Rugby League Pictures

Welcome to the Rugby League Oral History Project

This project has been funded by an £85,000 grant from the University of Huddersfield. Following its ground breaking relationship with the Huddersfield Giants, the award develops further the University’s links with both the sport and the communities of West Yorkshire in which it is played by providing a substantial boost to the promotion of Rugby League heritage.  

Our mission statement

By recording and then disseminating the oral reminiscences of the Rugby League community in West Yorkshire - players, officials and spectators - this project will preserve, celebrate and broaden recognition of the sport's rich social and cultural history in the region.

Contact us

In order to set up a permanent archive, we would like to interview anyone associated with professional or amateur rugby league in West Yorkshire, including supporters, players, referees, administrators and journalists. So, if you have memories of rugby league in West Yorkshire, from its grassroots level right up to the professional game, please contact us.

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In addition to all the people who have taken part in the project, we would like to thank Andrew Hardcastle, Phil Caplan, Les Hoole, the Bradford Bulls Heritage Project and the Rugby Football League Archives for their kind permission in allowing us to reproduce images they have published through various books and websites.

The project has also benefited greatly from contributions that have been made by a number of University of Huddersfield students on work placements. We would like to thank; Dave Nichols, Craig Kemp, Ian Slattery, Louise Hall and Gemma Robinson for all their hard work.

This is a not-for-profit project which uses images to provide context for audio clips which are made available for general public interest. Whilst every effort has been made to do so, it has not always been possible to ascertain the origins of the photographs which have been used. We apologise if there has been any inadvertent breach of copyright and if any oversights have been made, we would be happy to rectify them.