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A BRIEF HISTORY OF BIRKENHEAD PARK

A BRIEF HISTORY......... 1871-2007


135 Seasons of Rugby
42 International Players
Most capped player: J.R.Patterson (Scotland)21 Caps
317 County Players
1871


Birkenhead Park Football Club founded


1885


Club moved to the Upper Park ground where it has remained


1887


Ireland v Wales at Birkenhead Park


1892


Construction of the original pavilion (still in use)


1894


England v Wales at Birkenhead Park


1903


James Baxter became President. He was to remain in office until 1940 and also served as President of the RFU.


1905


New Zealand All Blacks make first visit to Park.


1920's


The era of two outstanding international three-quarters H.M. Locke and W.M. Lowry, Locke was also England captain.


1950


Cheshire won their first County Championship v East Midlands at Birkenhead Park


1958


Park's last full international J.S.M Scott (England)


1961


Cheshire won their second County Championship v Devon at Park.


1971


Park Centenary Season. Hosted North of England v RFU President's Overseas XV as part of RFU celebrations. Dave Robinson played a final England trail and toured with England.


1974


North of England V Tonga at Park.


1975


Old Birkonian Club merged with Birkenhead Park


1978


North of England v New Zealand at Birkenhead Park


1984


North of England v Romania at Birkenhead Park.


1991


Park tour to South America - Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.


2000


Park v West Indies International Team


2001


Park achieve first league promotion - Winners of South Lancashire and Cheshire Division One.


2002


Park Promoted - Winners of North 2 West


Park provide 3 players for Cheshire County Championship Final v Gloucester at Twickenham


2006


£1 Million Regeneration Programme Commence

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