1902/ 1903 ANECDOTES
Bath Weekly Chronicle – 02 October 1902
Excellent changing accommodation for visiting teams who play Bath has been secured at The Crown Bathwick, far superior to The Angel “stock” room.
Sub Committee to draw up Rules of Bath & District Knock-Out Competition, promoted by the Bath Club, which would run in parallel with the Combination League. Condition 2 of the amended rules, stipulated the parent club’s right to claim the services of one member of each competing club, upon serving notice by the Thursday preceding any given match. There was a right of appeal in disputes – loaded with a 5/- penalty, which was forfeited should the charge be found to be frivolous!
Oldfield Park were the first winners in this inaugural season.
RUGBY REFEREES SOCIETY FOR BATH
“To promote more efficient and consistent refereeing in Rugby football matches in this neighbourhood at has been decided to form a Bath and District Referees’ Society.”
Mr. W T (Tommy) Davis in the Chair.
“On the motion of Mr. W F Long, seconded by Mr F J Cashnella, Captain of the Bath F.C., the formal proposal to establish the Society was carried, and Mr Dolman was unanimously chosen as the honorary secretary of the new organization.” Then came the framing of the rules for its conduct. One important condition inserted was that all persons wishing to qualify must pass an examination held under the auspices of the society by duly appointed examiners, and it was explained that competence on the actual field would be tested before candidates were approved.”
There were also to be weekly consultation meetings.