One of the oldest and most established clubs in the British amateur rugby league is the Wakefield-based Eastmoor Dragons ARLFC who go back over a century in playing rugby.
The first stirrings of rugby on Eastmoor came in 1873 when the Wakefield outfit played Wakefield Trinity on the Mount Pleasant ground.
In October 1874, the Wakefield football club moved to play their opening game of the 1874-75 season at their new ground at Collage Grove.
A meeting held in september 1881, at the West Riding Hotel, Eastmoor, saw the formaition of a new club, Eastmoor football club had now arrived- in name as well as location.Their first game was against Wakefield Trinity third team gave them a winning send off with six points to nil victory.
The team's first appearance in the Yorkshire cup came in 1884. Two years later, Eastmoor entertained Leeds St John's ( later to become Leeds RLFC ) in the second round of the Yorkshire cup, Manningham ( later to become Bradford City in the soccer world ) were contesting games in Eastmoor's division.
By 1888 however support had waned and a local newspaper headline proclaimed " Eastmoor Nill" it was however, referring to the fact that not one spectator had turned up to see them beat Lockwood.
A list of clubs applying for membership of the Yorkshire Rugby Union 1892 included Eastmoor. This is assumed was a re-formed side.
With charges of professionalism being levelled against them, Yorkshire Rugby Union met to decide Eastmoor's fate in 1895. The game in question was Eastmoor v Streethouse and the amount in question was four-shillings and ten pence(about 25p)the alleged"time out payment" made to an Eastmoor player. With defections all around the Rugby Union ranks, but September 1896 saw them in opposition to Leeds Parish Church in the Northern Union.
Batley, Hounslow,Castleford and Hull all provided opposition for Eastmoor as well as Trinity's "A" team in the Eastmoor division of the junior cup competition.
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