The question has been made after a century that Rugby got formed. In those years, there have been 2 forms of Chesterfield Rugby, which are the union and the league. These two codes were formed after several disputes and legal issues surrounded the football style game. It was still a single code before when it first formed back in 1871. There were divisions of clubs made after several issues, thus the division of clubs were named the rugby union and the rugby league. You will often hear rugby fans vie for the league or the union, and will have a continuous debate over it.
The way that the one form Chesterfield Rugby got separated into different clubs came during 1895, when the northern clubs that were leading the organization held a closed door meeting in Huddersfield’s George Hotel, in which the meeting was about breaking away. The reason is because the refusal to let the northern clubs compensate the players for their lost wages while they are playing the game, by the rugby union hierarchy based in the south. This issue has inflicted a penalty on the clubs that relied heavily on the working class players, instead to those that have chosen to play on their own time.
The twenty-two clubs then made their own organization and held their own competitions, playing under the ti-le Northern Rugby Union, in which they change the name in 1922 as the Rugby League. Within the span of 3 years, they employed open professionalism, but with a condition that each of the players of the league have other jobs that will sustain their daily living, or in other words, a stable job. Once this happened, the clubs had to acquire enough money via its turnstiles in order to cover the wages of the players, in order for the game to get its appeal to the public who are also paying for it. They attempted to do this by setting up the bar higher in their rules that encourages a more fluid and open style of playing the Rugby game.
There is a difference between the Chesterfield rugby league and rugby union, even if it would have been better to list down its similarities. Its similarities are the goalposts and the main aim of the game, which is the pass the ball in a backwards motion. The first features of the game that they have gotten rid of were the existence of 2 players, thus reducing the numbers to 13 from 15. They also phased out the line-outs, too. Other features that were phased out were the scrums, mauls and rucks. In the place of these wiped out features, the rugby game needed a method of starting the play again after the tackle and has already succeeded in going through its play-the-ball rule, in which the player being tackled will heel the ball back to their team mate. This became the dominant feature of rugby. Other difference was that the league was professional while the union was amateur in nature.
Rugby football is a kind of football that got created in a Rugby School. Before soccer football became very popular, the word football was synonymous to rugby. The first formation of the game Chesterfield rugby was created back in 1871 when various English clubs met each other, thus became the Rugby Football Union. Twenty years later in 1892, after charges were made against of RFU when a number of clubs have paid the players for missing their work, the NU or Northern Union was formed. Other existing unions responded with issuing various sanctions against the officials, players and clubs that are involved with the newly formed union. After so many divisions were forms, these separate clubs were then dubbed the rugby union and the rugby league.
When comparing rugby league and rugby union against each other, it is like comparing checkers and chess. Rugby league is compared to checkers, wherein the game pieces do similar things with each other, which is how the players in rugby league also do. The players take the ball, and on a successful tackle, the players put the ball through the legs and they are going to start all over again. There are no malls or line outs in a rugby league. There are different levels of demand when it comes to the backs and forwards, but according to those who have played on both codes, there is not much of a difference. In order to disallow a team from getting all possessions, there should be the 6 tackle count, as it will not allow further contests in order to change hands. When all the players in the league are lined up, they are almost similar in physical aspects.
As for the Chesterfield rugby union, is compared to a chess game. The game of chess has several pieces with its own role and does different things. Its varying abilities contributes to the success of the player and requires a lot of planning and strategy, thus the coach or the captain of the team should devise an effective and creative tactics. The rugby union contains a lot of structure compared to the rugby league. The union is broken down into different combinations, which are the Scrum back, back three, centre field, loose forwards, backrow and frontrow. The combinations gather and give its own performance of specialized roles, with specific body shape and skills. Fracturing its demand for the player that gets the specialized skills is somewhat different from the structured chess game and more moving towards the generic game like checkers. Thus the generic player gets selected according to his or her ability in multi-tasking rather the specialized performance role such as the fifteen loose forwards.
There were questions regarding how the Chester rugby league was expected to go away and fade into history when union became professional. This popular rumor has no basis and has underrated the deep roots that the league has over the years. Super League games have seen a steady rise in the recent years, and have even garnered amateur clubs throughout the British Isles.
The objective of the game Chesterfield Rugby is to get more points than the enemy team within the 80-minute allotted time frame for every match. When full time has reached, the team with the highest points wins the game. There are also game matches that ends up in a tie. The team holding the ball must move continuously towards the field known as the ‘phases of play’. According to the rules, the players run forward, bringing the ball with them, but they can never pass it forward. They can also kick it forward and then chase after it. The team holding the ball needs to be stopped before they reached the ‘goal’ by tackling the enemy team, while they retain the ball. It can be a deadly game, like many other sports such as football, but attaining victory is what both teams want out of the match.
Each team must consist of fifteen players. One team is divided into 2 groups, which are given the position role of backs and forwards. The forward group consists of 8 players, each in the role of Number Eight, Flanker, Second Row, Prop and Hooker. Backs consist of 7 players, each getting the position of Full Back, Wingers, Outside Centre, Inside Centre, Fly Half and Scrum Half. There will be the pitch, too, divided into 3 sections. One will be playing the main area, which should not go over a hundred metres while 2 at the dead goal locations, which range between ten to twenty metres. The pitch should be equal to seventy metres wide. The posts or goal are shaped in a letter H, roughly around 5 or 6 metres apart, but has no restrictions on high it should be. Each team are required to wear similar colored jerseys according to the color their team carries, including the socks and shorts. Other things that players need to wear are studded boots, which can be worn over the gum shields, shin pads, shoulder pads and head guards.
To get scores in order to win a Chesterfield Rugby game, scoring method can be determine in one of these 4 ways which are the drop goal, try, conversion and penalty kick. The try score is given to a player that places its ball down into the dead ball region behind their goal – a total of five points is awarded. The conversion involves a free kick made by the team made after the try, thus earning 2 points. Successful kicks will need pass in between top bar and upper posts of the goal. Penalty kick earns 3 points when the team on the opposing side can cause infringement, while the drop goal earns 3 points, which is kicked out of hand and the bag bounce first.
It takes players of Chesterfield Rugby a few years to master each to get points. The 80-minute game is separated into 40 minute with a ten minutes rest in between. There is no stop time, and it will end at exactly the 80 minutes are consumed.
Rugby is known for its other term football, but in fact it is a style in that category evolved at a Rugby School, which then became one of the football versions that are played in English schools in the 19th century. The 2 types of Rugby are rugby union and rugby league. These two types share similar objectives in acquiring the ball during the game, the rules specified in their book are different. Chesterfield Football is a club dedicated to rugby football that formed back in 1919. They have formed 16 teams overall, and they ensure that all their opportunities in both training and playing are shared equally among all those who are members of this club.
Eighteen men composed the very first Chesterfield Panthers back in the 15th of November 1919. Each of the men had varying social standing and backgrounds, all of them were answered by invitation. By the 29th of the month and year, it was the official date of founding for the rugby club, at a room in The Portland Hotel. By the time Chesterfield rugby has reached its 95th year, they have already invested over £1.5 million in Dunston Road, providing facilities that are unparalleled by other clubs in Derbyshire which includes floodlighting, purposely built clubhouse that has a catered bar and 6 changing areas; 3 full sized rugby pitches; car parking onsite; cricket square; a training area for both football and rugby training; games area that can be used for various purposes; and 2 football pitches. The facilities provided are open to everyone, even if you are not a member. You can play almost any sport, regardless whether the sport rugby is your passion. Chesterfield offers sponsorship, private hire and playing opportunities to those who are interested.
By the year 2013 Chesterfield transferred to their new home at the 2012 Dunston Road. Their transfer has marked the last day of their 94 years in their former home base located in Stonegravels. Their new ground has no specific months to date on how long it got completed, but everyone’s efforts in waiting was worth it. In their new location Dunston Road provides various facilities that are unequaled by other clubs of the same purpose in Derbyshire. Not only do men get to enjoy the sport in their new location, but Chesterfield has now provided opportunities to junior and ladies teams. Their ground is also available for amateur rugby teams that are looking forward to harness their skills and techniques. Everything in the club house and its sports facilities are also offered for private hire. Their fully catered bar is open from Tuesdays until Thursdays from 6 to 10 in the evening, while it opens on 1pm to 7pm during Saturdays and 10am up to 2pm every Sundays. Chestfield’s bar is also open for corporate events and functions.
Cheserfield Rugby has come a long way since their inception on English soil for almost a century. As of the moment, the club is fronted by their first female president, Ms. Michelle Lord.