Charlotte’s World of Sport

Huddersfield, the birthplace of Rugby League, will celebrate the sport’s 120th anniversary next week when the Founders Walk – a 120-mile charity venture visiting the 22 original sites who founded the Northern Union – rolls into Fartown.

Day two of the walk will depart from Fartown – the original home of Huddersfield Giants until 1994 – at 9.30am on Monday, July 20, and end at Belle Vue, Wakefield around 5.00pm.

Along the route, the walk takes in the home of four other founding clubs – Liversedge, Brighouse Rangers, Batley and Dewsbury.

I expect them coming into Brighouse via Bradley roundabout at around 10.00-10.15am accompanied by TV cameras and various other media outlets.

As well as visiting the homes of the 22 clubs, the Founders Walk provides people with the opportunity to raise money for clubs or charities of their choice.

The sport was created at the George Hotel in Huddersfield on August 29, 1895, when Huddersfield and 21 other clubs opted to break away from the Rugby Football Union to go on and form the sport that would become Rugby League.

Brighouse Rangers were represented by a member of the Sugdens Flour Mill Company family.

Their original home was at Finkhill, now the site of Brighouse High School, and they also played on Waterloo Road, which are now allotments, and their first headquarters was The Albion at the junction with Halifax Road and what is currently a Chinese restaurant.

On all the walks there will be RFL and club officials, players and supporters of the game.

It starts in Hull on the Sunday, with day three being from Hunslet to Halifax, day four from Rochdale to Stockport, via Oldham, day five from Broughton, Manchester to Wigan and day six from Warrington to St Helens.