In 1876 five clubs playing rugby union football in Yorkshire - Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds and York, presented the Yorkshire County Committee with a cup to the value of fifty guineas for annual competition.
Ground expansion at Fartown meant that Hull were expected to be the visitors for the first official fixture on 5 October 1878, but they were unable to raise a team.
After two away games at Bradford and Mirfield, it was York on 26th October 1878 who had the privilege of being first to face the Fartowners on the new pitch and lose by 2 goals, 5 touchdowns, one dead ball and one touch in goal to one touchdown.
A County trial game took place at Fartown on 9th November 1878 despite the pitch being in heavy condition. The ground, not 'setting down' as anticipated, necessitated new drainage being installed in 1883.
Huddersfield players were now beginning to reap reward for their efforts, and England international honours came to club captain Harry Huth and Ernest Woodhead in 1879 and 1880.
Harry Huth was one of three brothers in the Fartown side who had all played for Yorkshire, appearing in the same team against Cheshire in 1878.
Harry’s international debut came against Scotland in Edinburgh on 10th March 1879, whilst Ernest Woodhead’s England debut was against Ireland in Dublin on 2nd February 1880.
The time was described as the 'palmy days of the Huths', and when they retired Huddersfield's fortunes dipped somewhat until the late 1880's.
Pictured from left to right: Frank, Harry and Fred Huth
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