Bob Seddon embodied both the spirit and the tragedy of Mancunian rugby in the 1880s. He was an orphan boy who became a Broughton Rangers legend, and just the second Ranger to play rugby union for England.
In 1887, however, he fell out with the club after using club money to purchase a dinner suit. Seddon insisted he had been given permission to do so, but to avoid accusations of professionalism (the issue that would eventually tear the sport in two), Broughton Rangers sacked Seddon.
He was quickly snapped up by Swinton, and the following year he was invited to captain the first British team to tour Australia. It was there he met his sad end, drowning in the Hunter River after his rowing boat capsized. He was just 28. Since that day, few players from the Manchester district have matched Seddon’s achievements.