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A wonderful and desirable original vintage 1926 autograph book page, clearly signed in ink on both sides by 23 members of the Great Britain 1926-27 touring squad ; Bert Avery (Captain) / Jim Parkes / Jack Wright / Bill Devine / Frank Delgrosso / Hector Cole / Harry Thomas / Jack Kirwan / Lou Brown / Hec Brisbane / Alphonsus Carroll / George Gardiner / Wilson Hall / Len Mason / Charles Gregory / Joe Menzies / Arthur Singe / Jim Sanders / Ernie Herring / Frank Henry / Ben Davidson / Wally Desmond and Ernest Mair (adding Team manager & Coach New Zealand League All Blacks British Tour 1926-7 Harrogate 28/10/26)


This team lost the series of matches 0-3 against the Lions. This 1926–27 New Zealand tour of Britain turned out to be a legendary and tempestuous one which included numerous skirmishes within the Kiwi party. The problems began on the boat journey over, with disputes developing about aspects of the trip. A major rift developed between tour manager and coach (Australian) Ernest Mair and seven forwards. The disputes continued once the party arrived in Britain, with one of the rebels being involved in a street fight with another member of the tour party after the opening match. In mid-November, following further disturbances which almost led to the tour party being evicted from their Harrogate hotel, it was decided that coach Mair would withdraw from team selection and match tactics for a period of four weeks. The tour and the costly disputes continued with the shamed rebels eventually setting sail for home a week earlier than their colleagues. Three months later all seven players were banned for life by the New Zealand authorities. New Zealand did not visit Europe again until 1939. The seven suspended were Singe / Mouat / Wright / Carroll / Devine / Petersen and English-born Henry (who remained in England after the tour) and was allowed to play on by the Rugby Football League. From the wonderful vintage 1920-30s autograph book of Bertha Sydney containing over 100 actors / politicians / sportsmen / writers and pioneers of the period. Most notably including ; Winston Churchill / David Lloyd George / Stanley Baldwin / M K Gandhi / Laurel & Hardy / Rudyard Kipling / G K Chesterton / Fay Wray & Jack Hobbs. Bertha Sydney was an actress and a member of the well known theatrical family which included film actor Basil Sydney (The Dam-Busters / Ivanhoe / Sea Wife & Treasure Island). She collected all the autographs for a decade after Christmas 1925. Some autographs are dedicated to her with additional messages and are dated. A typed letter & copy photographs are included to support the provenance and further detail the history written by her daughter (Sheila) who sold the book to us in 2018. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA 


17x11cm Sized Page


Good. View Image. Signatures are on both sides of the page but virtually no show through


About New Zealand Rugby

New Zealand Rugby

NEW ZEALAND RUGBY. New Zealand men's rugby team which is the country's national sport. The team has won the last two Rugby World Cups (2011 & 2015). They have a 77% winning record in test match rugby and are the only international side with a winning record against every opponent. Since their international debut in 1903, they have lost to only six of the 19 nations they have played in test matches. The All Blacks jointly hold the record for the most consecutive test match wins for a tier one ranked nation, along with England. Fifteen former All Blacks have been inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame. The team's first match was in 1884 and their first international test match was in 1903 against Australia in Sydney. New Zealand's early uniforms consisted of a black jersey with a silver fern and white knickerbockers. By the 1905 tour, they were wearing all black, except for the silver fern and the name All Blacks dates from this time. The team perform a haka (a Maori) challenge or posture dance before each match


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