Plaque honours rugby at Thrum Hall

One of the first ever recorded rugby league games has been commemorated at a site in Halifax .

The Rugby League Foundation unveiled a plaque at Thrum Hall bowling green - once home to Halifax RLFC where ted one of the inaugral rugby league matches was hosted more than 120 years ago.

On that day, the founding Halifax club played Widnes and beat them 6-0, starting more than a century of proud ruby league tradition.

Paul Morgan, Rugby League Foundation president, said: “120 years ago, here, at the Thrum Hall site, the first of many great games took place.

“Today, we recognise this achievement, and the 120 years of Rugby League that followed”

The plaque was revealed by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Coun Ferman Ali and his wife Shaheen.

Alongside the mayor and mayoress were Halifax legend Mick Scott and current Club Ambassador, Luke Ambler, who wore a limited edition replica of Halifax’s first ever kit.

Representatives from Halifax RLFC, The Supporters’ Trust, Calderdale Council and Rugby League Cares were also at the event to celebrate the occasion.

Thrum Hall stadium closed its gates for the last time in 1998 after a fierce “friendly” between Halifax and Leeds, which the home club won 35-28. ’Fax are now based at the Shay Stadium.