Marlborough Nomads were formed in 1868 as a club for former pupils of Marlborough College wanting to play rugby, whilst working in London. In 1871 twenty-one rugby clubs including Marlborough Nomads met at the Pall Mall Restaurant and agreed to form the RFU (Wasps were invited by failed to turn up!). The first England squad also contained a Nomads player with another Nomads player Alfred St. George Hamersley going on to be a future England captain. In 1911 Rosslyn Park Rugby Club invited the Nomads to join them and at this point the club disappeared. More recently Marlborough RFC in Wiltshire have revived the team, playing as Alfred’s Nomads in honour of the first Nomads player to represent England. The team and associated 1871 committee is now a key part of Marlborough Rugby club going forward. The last fixture and scrum between Marlborough Nomads and Rosslyn Park in October 1910 is recorded in the picture.
Photograph ‘The Last “scrum” with Marlborough Nomads. Courtesy of David Whittam Archivist, Rosslyn Park RFC. Marlborough Nomads in striped shirts, Rosslyn in hoops.
Updated 23:07 - 11 Sep 2017 by Mike Banfield