Football: Oct. 27, 1930

This stone Commemorates the exploit of

William Webb Ellis Who with a fine disregard for the rules of

football as played in his time

First took the ball in his arms and ran with it

Thus originating the distinctive feature of

The Rugby Game

A.D. 1823

So reads a tablet on the vine-covered wall of Rugby School close, England. It was not until 1869 that the first intercollegiate football game in the world was played at New Brunswick, N. J. between Princeton and Rutgers. Last week Rutgers, taking part in the celebration of New Brunswick's 250th birthday,...

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