Francis Elliott Kitchener brought from Rugby School the importance of sport in education. Letters from pupils past and present (mostly anonymous) featured regularly in The Firefly of the 1880s and 90s. Sport, particularly cricket and rugby football generated most correspondence. This correspondence dates from 1886.

Dear Mr. Editor,
We think we are expressing the opinion of many of the football palyers of the school in stating that the football is unduly sacrificed to cricket. Though half term has not yet been reached, we have already been obliged to give up all football, the excuse being, that the top ground may be fit for next term’s cricket. Granting that giving up football would make it fit for cricket (which it never will), is it right that that game should monopolize the whole of our close? The bottom ground is entirely given up to it the whole year round, and under these circumstances should not football have the use of the top ground during the whole of its season? Ought we to be surprised that our football is not as good as it should be, with this state of affairs. Hoping that some steps may be taken to remedy this serious deficiency.

We remain, yours truly,


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