In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
September 7, 1912
The Rugby Football Club: In a few weeks football will again be in full swing and followers of the handling code are anticipating an interesting series of matches.
The General committee of the Rugby FC has this week met at the Bull Hotel and a number of sub-committees were appointed.
A players’ meeting and smoking concert at the Bull Hotel was fixed upon for Saturday, September 14, when it is hoped the captain and vice-captain of the 2nd XV will be selected. It was agreed to join the Midland Counties’ Society of Referees and pay the necessary subscription of 10s.
A match against teams chosen from the junior clubs in the district will be arranged, if possible for October 26, and the secretary, Mr WJ Warner of 4 Park Road would be glad to hear from clubs willing to assist in providing players.
We understand that, thanks to the kindness of Rugby Cricket Club, there will be a practice match on the Bilton Road ground on September 14.
50 years ago
September 7, 1962
The hundreds of Rugbeians who have often been held up on their return from Coventry or Birmingham while awaiting a line into Rugby Midland Station will be glad to learn that the new flyover work of the station will come into full use on Monday, September 17.
The information that this was the date was given on Sunday during a visit by newsapermen to the flyover, which with associated works has cost £800,000.
Work on the flyover began in May 1960. Since then a single track line, 1,450 yards long has been constructed for trains from Birmingham to cross over the Trent Valley lines to Crewe.
It is carried on a viaduct 450 yards long in the form of a skew bridge.
In conjunction with the work two new bridges were made to carry the railway over Parkfield Road.
The construction was explained by Mr M Harbottle, who is now project engineer for the reconstruction of Euston station.
He said 36,000 yards of cutting had been removed.
25 years ago
September 3, 1987
Rugby School has appointed its first full-time female teacher since the First World War.
Chantal Williams, who teaches French, is moving to Rugby from Birmingham.
Mrs Williams, who will reside at Town House, does not want ‘a great fuss’ over her new position.
A spokesman for Rugby School said the school had not appointed a woman teacher earlier because it was felt that one was not necessary until girl pupils were accepted 12 years ago.
He added that Mrs Williams was given the job because she was the best teacher available.
In previous years women had not been appointed as they were not the best applicants, he said.
*Rugby’s twin towns in Germany and France presented a bench to commemorate one of Rugby’s best known figures.
Best remembered for his contribution to twinning relations, Caldecott Liberal councillor Sonny Coote died last December aged 65.