From the Advertiser archives - March 19 edition

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March 20, 1915

Mr Hilaire Belloc, the well-known writer and lecturer on the war, paid another welcome visit to Rugby on Wednesday evening, and gave his third lecture on the present situation, in the Temple Speech Room. Mr Belloc, who met with a cordial reception, recalled the principle he enunciated some months ago, that “other things being equal, numbers are the deciding factor in war.” Numbers being men equipped, trained, organised, horsed, gunned and officered with the best.

March 19, 1965

About 30,000 STD telephone calls made by Rugby subscribers last year failed to connect because of the lack of post office equipment to cope. A spokesman for the Telephone Manager, Coventry Area, told the Advertiser that of the 600,000 STD calls made during day periods, five per cent failed to connect because of some defect in the system. Due to mis-dialling six per cent of all the phone calls made via the Rugby exchange failed to connect. Twenty-three per cent of calls failed because the distant subscriber was either engaged or did not answer.

March 15, 1990

Mark Mapletoft’s meteoric rise in rugby union has brought him a place in England’s under 18 team. Mark, 17, captain at Lawrence Sheriff School and a Rugby Lions first team player only since December 9, was given the fullback berth after trials in Nottingham on Saturday.

His rugby career began to take off 12 months ago when he turned down Coventry City’s offer of a soccer apprenticeship to concentrate on his studies.