As Eddie Jones’ England side head to Edinburgh this weekend for the Calcutta Cup showdown with the resurgent Scots, this year marks 125 years since the same fixture was played at Emerald Headingley Stadium back in 1893 before the split between the codes and just three years after the stadium’s forefathers opened their new multi sport homewith the aim of making a venue fit for world class sport of all kinds.

Emerald Headingley is currently undergoing a £40 million redevelopment to return the famous venue to its former glory. Back on 4th March 1893, Scotland made the relatively short trip down to Headingley to face England.

England had narrowly lost to Wales by a single point in the opening game of the Home Nations Championship, 11-10 at Cardiff Arms Park in front of a crowd of 15,000 before victory at Lansdowne Road over Ireland a month later thanks to a try from Bramley star Harry Bradshaw. Bradshaw, born on 17th April 1868, gained seven caps in total for England between 1892 and 1894. A licensee by trade, he was in England’s Triple Crown winning side in 1891-92 and scored one more try for the national side against Wales in 1894. He passed away in Halifax on New Years Eve 1910 aged just 42. Following the split in 1895, Bradshaw joined the Northern Union with Leeds.

He was one of seven Yorkshiremen in the England team in the Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Headingley, nearly half of the side. Winger John William Dyson won four caps for his country, having made a try scoring debut against the Scots in 1890. He made 27 appearances for Yorkshire during his career and scored over 30 tries and six drop goals for the county.

Bradford’s Horace Duckett was making the second of his two international appearances in the game whilst John James Robinson was making his debut in his home city. The former Appleby Grammar scholar was born in Burton on Trent but became the Headingley clubs first ever international in this clash. It would take ten years for his second cap, which was a long standing England record, and he was a Cambridge undergraduate at the time of the game. A solicitor, he also won a cricket Blue in 1894.

John Thomas Toothill won 12 caps for England before the split in 1895, when he joined the Northern Union with Bradford. He later became a licensee in a number of pubs in the Yorkshire region.

Bingley-born Thomas Broadley made his England debut in Cardiff in the first game of the 1893 Championship and went on to collect six caps for his country.

Tadcaster’s William Bromet, a solicitor by trade, has a unique place in the history of the game. When he appeared with his brother Edward, in two Tests on the British Lions tour of South Africa in 1891 they became the first brothers to play for the Lions. His try against Scotland the year before this clash at Headingley had been the decider and settled the Triple Crown.

Estimates of between 20,000 and 30,000 spectators saw the game between England and Scotland and it was the visitors who won out in the end with a drop goal, then worth four points, in both halves from Scotland skipper John Boswell and three quarter George Campbell to seal an 8-0 win. A week later, Wales’ 2-0 win over Ireland at Llanelli saw the men from the Principality win the Championship for the first time and also take the Triple Crown.

England: William Grant Mitchell (Richmond), JW Dyson (Huddersfield), Andrew Stoddart (Blackheath) capt., FP Jones (New Brighton), Cyril Wells (Cambridge U.), H Duckett (Bradford), Frank Evershed (Blackheath), F Soane(Bath), JJ Robinson (Cambridge U.), J Toothill (Bradford), H Bradshaw (Bramley), T Broadley (Bingley), Launcelot Percival (Rugby), William Yiend (Hartlepool Rovers), William Bromet (Tadcaster)

Scotland: Henry Stevenson (Edinburgh Acads), GT Campbell (London Scottish), Gregor MacGregor (London Scottish), Willie Neilson (Cambridge U.), JW Simpson (Royal HSFP), William Wotherspoon (West of Scotland), HTO Leggatt (Watsonians), Thomas Hendry (Clydesdale), RS Davidson (Royal HSFP), JD Boswell (West of Scotland) capt., TM Scott (Melrose), WR Gibson (Royal HSFP), WB Cownie (Watsonians), JE Orr (West of Scotland), Robert MacMillan (London Scottish)