In 1903 Bradford City became the only club ever accepted into the Football League without ever playing soccer. They had begun as Manningham and were the first Northern Union champions but decided to depart for the greener grass of soccer. Four years later, local rivals Bradford followed suit, but many fans rebelled and formed what would become today’s Bradford Bulls. What lay behind Bradford’s Great Split, and how did it spark the creation of what would become Leeds United? For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, take a look at (which also has show notes for this episode) and follow me on Twitter at @collinstony.

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