The Douglas Motorcycle Company BS15


I just found this photo, and upon reading more about it, I find this is a Rugby team!
Yes, they actually played Rugby on motorcycles! According to the poster of this photo: this is the Douglas AFC team. The photo was taken at the factory grounds at Kingswood Bristol… (That’s Bristol UK, not Bristol TN.)
Good lord, I’ll bet this was quite a sight to see…rugby is a really scary sport as it is, without adding the motorcycle in the mix.

I wonder if I just got it misunderstood or what? I’ll have to check some facts…but all the same…very cool bikes…
Don’t ya think?

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2 comments on “The Douglas Motorcycle Company BS15”

  1. Hi again Chessie! It wasn’t rugby they played but motorcycle soccer! They nudged the ball around with wheels and feet, rather than passing through the hands as in rugby. Quite popular pre-war (not that I personally recall, you understand!) and here is another link:http://www.localhistory.scit.wlv.ac.uk/articles/MotorcycleAce/Football.htm

  2. exellent information Affer! I knew they were talking about using motorcycles for the game play…I just hadn’t seen anymore information regarding it! This website you provided is excellent, and I thank you for providing the link! Chessie


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