An Introduction to the England Rugby 1923 Shirt 1924 Grand Slam
The England Rugby 1923 Shirt 1924 Grand Slam is inspired by the great teams of 1923 and 1924 led by Dave Davies and Wavell Wakefield.
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Captained by Dave Davies, the Pembroke born Fly Half who opted to represent England, rather than his native Wales. He led them in to the 1923 Five Nations Tournament as joint favourites. Their first game of the campaign was ironically against the 1922 champions Wales at Twickenham. In a tight game forward Leo Price crossed for a try, but Gwilym Michael’s try for Wales cancelled out the lead. The game was finally won when wing Alastair Smallwood added a drop goal to make the final score 7 points to 3.
England’s next victory was more comfortable against Ireland, played in Leicester. The 23 points to 5 victory included tries from Len Corbett, Cyril Lowe, Leo Price, Alastair Smallwood and Tom Voyce. Geoffrey Conway kicked two goals. For Ireland Thomas McClelland scored their lone try and William Crawford added a goal.
Scotland encouraged by 30,000 supporters at Inverleith proved a tough challenge for England. Scotland’s captain Leslie Gracie leading by example scored the first try. England hit back with a try from Alastair Smallwood just before half time to make it three points each. The second half was an incredibly tight game. Teddy McLaren crossed for Scotland and Tom Voyce replied with a try for England. The difference was a conversion by William Luddington to keep England on track with an 8 points to 6 win.
England’s Captain WJA ‘Dave’ Davies, combined the game in Paris with his honeymoon. By now England were unstoppable with Wavell Wakefield a revolutionary No.8 of great power and pace. The game played at the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes in Paris saw England victorious 12 points to 3 in front of 35,000 spectators. Tries from Geoffrey Conway and the influential Wavell Wakefield, combined with a conversion from William Luddington and a drop goal from skipper Dave Davies. France managed a lone penalty from Louis Beguet.
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Wavell Wakefield took over the Captaincy in 1924. Strong, athletic and quick, he was an inspirational captain for England and was credited with reinventing the role of the back-row forward, which had until his time been a static position. A stalwart of the Harlequins throughout the 1920s, he made his England debut in 1920 and in the next seven years made 31 appearances. He went on to captain England 13 times, leading England to back-to-back Grand Slams in the 1924 campaign.
By this time England were dominating teams and they won 17 points to 9 to start the campaign against Wales in St Helen’s, Swansea. Tries came from Jake Jacob, Harold Locke, Edward Myers and a brace from Carston Catcheside. Geoffrey Conway managed only one conversion or England’s win would have been much greater.
Next up was Ireland in Belfast. Again Carston Catcheside went over for a couple of tries. Further tries came from Len Corbett and Richard Hamilton-Wickes. Once again Geoffrey Conway added a lone conversion.
England then entertained France at Twickenham and were far too strong for the French fifteen. Carston Catcheside continued his great vein of form, but even he was eclipsed by Jake Jacob who crossed for a hat-trick of tries. Arthur Young added another try and Geoffrey Conway two conversions.
So, on the 15th March 1924 England, led by the legendary Wave Wakefield defeated Scotland by 19 points to nil to make history. The victory was emphatic and the team had won back-to-back Grand Slams. Carston Catcheside, Edward Myers and fittingly, Wavell Wakefield were the try scorers and Geoffrey Conway added conversions to all the tries.
Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the England Rugby 1923 Shirt 1924 Grand Slam features a detailed applique rose crest. Also, includes herringbone detail on vents and tape on the neck opening. In addition a commemorative embroider of Grand Slam 1923 – 1924 on the collar stand.
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The available sizes are S – 5XL.