From the Bramley RLFC 1930s archives: Barley Mow pickpocket and a fractured spine

Bramley legend: Syd Abram

By Paul Abraham

Leeds Mercury Feb 10th 1934


George Arthur Wheywell (34), of Granville Lane. Sheffield, was sentenced to six months’ hard labour in Leeds, yesterday, for stealing a purse, containing £4. 11s. 10d, from a spectator at the Leeds and Bramley football match at Bramley last Saturday. When arrested he was stated to have said: “I came over do the job and was unlucky.” He was described as a member of a gang of thieves travelling the country. 

Hull Daily Mail August 19th 1935

Bramley Rugby League Club have placed eleven players on the transfer list. Their names and amount transfer fees are:—Bowden (£250), Ballantyne (£150), Abram and Ingham (£100). Hudson, Vowles, Hughes and Morrell (£50), Blackburn, Martin and Witham (£25).

Hull Daily Mail October 3rd 1938


Herbert Shirley, the promising Bramley Rugby League footballer, detained in the Leeds Infirmary with a fractured spine sustained in Bramley’s match with Leeds at the Barley Mow ground on Saturday. He was taken to the Infirmary and an operation was performed on Saturday evening. Last night he was reported to be fairly comfortable.

Leeds Mercury November 23rd 1938

Lou Brown to Play for Bramley 

Bramley Rugby League Club last night came to terms with Lou Brown, the former New Zealand international right winger. He will play for them against Halifax the Barley Mow on Saturday. Brown was signed by Wigan In 1925, but did not settle there and returned to New Zealand. He toured England with the All Blacks in 1926, and afterwards was persuaded to return to Wigan. He was transferred to Halifax in 1930, and two years later he was secured by York, whom he left at the end of the 1934 season. Brown has since played for Bordeaux, the French club. Another new man signed by Bramley last night, Albert Evans, is a centre or stand-off half from a Barrow junior club. Evans, who is 20 years of age, weighs 12st. 6lb. and stands 5ft. 10in. He will be in the centre on Saturday, and another newcomer in the provisionally selected team is J. Sedgewick, on the left wing, son of the former Bramley centre.


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