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'The pre-war years'

In June 1927 former Sandal St. Helens player, Mr. Claude Beaumont, who had just completed 25 years service with Wakefield R.F.C., came to reside in Sandal. He quickly realised the potential for a Rugby Union Football Club to be established in the suburb and arranged to meet a number of local sportsmen at the Castle Inn to consider this possibility. Amongst those present were C. T. Stubley (Founder President), W. H. Massie (Founder Chairman), J. T. I. Cropper, J. G. McPhail and E. Tindale and from this small gathering it was resolved to convene a further meeting on the 26th August 1927, at which the Sandal R.U.F.C. was born.

In its early years the Club made steady progress. In 1928/29 and 1929/30 the 1st XV reached the final of the 'Seven-a-Side' competition at Skipton. However, when in only its sixth season in 1932/33, the Club won the Yorkshire Shield by beating Scarborough in the final at Bridlington by 13 pts. to 6.

Shield Winning Side 1932/33
Back Row: S. Collins, J. H. Stead, W. Walton, J. N. Smallwood, G. Harmon, P. A. Townsend, J. Balfour, J. D. Richards
Front Row: E. Galvin, R. Harris, J. D. Holdsworth, S. C. Lord (Captain), H. D. Holdsworth, C. K. Harrison, A. Brocklesby

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History 2 A year later the side eclipsed its previous success by making its way into the final of the Yorkshir


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