Olney on top in the Mobbs Memorial match

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One hundred years after Edgar Mobbs arranged an international match to recruit for his First World War regiment, Olney Rugby Club celebrated his life with a win over the Yorkshire Regiment.

The memorial game saw hundreds of supporters turn out to pay tribute.

Former Saints captain and England international Edgar Mobbs DSO (1882-1917) arranged a charity international rugby match at the County Ground in Northampton between Scotland and England on January 30, 1915, as a way of recruiting men for his own "sportsman's" company.'The rugby match will be played at Olney RFC to commemorate a game organised 100 years ago by a war hero from Northampton who famously recruited hundreds of sportsmen to his own battalion in the First World War.

Former Saints captain and England international Edgar Mobbs DSO (1882-1917) arranged a charity international rugby match at the County Ground in Northampton between Scotland and England on January 30, 1915, as a way of recruiting men for his own "sportsman's" company.'The rugby match will be played at Olney RFC to commemorate a game organised 100 years ago by a war hero from Northampton who famously recruited hundreds of sportsmen to his own battalion in the First World War.

Back in 1915, Mr Mobbs managed to recruit 400 men to his Sportmen’s Company, which later became a significant part of the 7th Battalion The Northamptonshire Regiment.

The Mobbs Memorial Match was arranged to celebrate the 16 players from Olney who lost their lives as part of his Company.

Chairman of Olney Rugby Club, Jarlath McElroy, said: “Edgar Mobbs was both a sporting and war hero and we are proud to be hosting these matches with the support of his family and the British Army.

“A century on from that famous game, we are set for an enthralling encounter.

“The day will be a fitting tribute to an exceptional man, a special piece of history, and to the many sportsmen from Olney and across the region who lost their lives in World War One.”

Olney’s women kicked off the day with a game against thr Army’s Women’s Squad.

Though they fought well, the Army were too strong and came out 30-0 winners.

But the men faired a little better, beating the Yorkshire Regiment 40-21 in a thrilling encounter at the Recreation Ground.

Edgar Mobbs’ great-nephew, also named Edgar Mobbs, said: “My great-uncle was brought up in Olney and played sport in the town for many years. He was a great leader both on the rugby pitch and on the battlefield.

“This centenary commemoration at Olney RFC brings together sportsmen and women from across the East Midlands region, with the British Army - just as Edgar’s famous game did, 100 years ago.”