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Ashton, Eric (1935–2008), rugby league player, was born on 24 January 1935 at 87 Mulberry Avenue, St Helens, Lancashire, the only son of Ernest Ashton, a glassworks labourer, and his wife, Sarah, née Dixon. He attended Rivington Road high school in St Helens...

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William Webb Ellis (1806–1872) by unknown engraver, pubd 1854 (after Richard Beard) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ellis, William Webb (1806–1872), Church of England clergyman and supposed originator of rugby, was born in Salford, Lancashire, on 24 November 1806, the younger of two sons of James Ellis (d. 1812), soldier, who had married Ann Webb at St Peter's, Exeter...

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Horne, Willie (1922–2001), rugby league player, was born on 23 January 1922 at Risedale Maternity Home, Barrow, the second son and third among the seven children of Alfred Horne, a lathe turner at an engineering works, born in Shipley, Yorkshire, and his wife, ...

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Peters, James (1879–1954), rugby player, was born on 7 August 1879 at 32 Queen Street, Salford, the elder of two children of George Peters, a showman born in the West Indies, and his wife, Hannah, née Gough, of Shropshire. He is remembered by posterity as the first black player to be selected for ...

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Poulton [later Poulton-Palmer], Ronald William (1889–1915), rugby player, was born at Wykeham House, Oxford, on 12 September 1889, the second son and fourth of the five children of Edward Bagnall Poulton (1856–1943), Hope professor of zoology in the University of Oxford, and his wife, ...

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Risman, Augustus John Ferdinand [Gus] (1911–1994), rugby player, was born at 1 Sophia Street, Cardiff, on 21 March 1911, the eldest son and second of four children of Augustus George Risman, boarding-house keeper, and his wife, Annetia Katrina (known as Annette), née Strasdin...

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Andrew Ernest Stoddart (1863–1915) by unknown photographer, 1894 © Empics

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Stoddart, Andrew Ernest (1863–1915), cricketer and rugby player, was born at 10 Wellington Terrace, Westoe, South Shields, on 11 March 1863, the younger of two sons of colliery owner and wine merchant George Best Stoddart (d. 1882) and his wife, Elizabeth Whinney (...

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Voyce, (Anthony) Thomas (1897–1980), rugby player, was born on 18 May 1897 at Gloucester, the only son and the sixth of seven children of Thomas Voyce, stevedore, of Gloucester, whose family came from the village of Ashleworth, and his wife, Anne Hackney, also of ...