The Varsity Match epitomises the long-standing rivalry between the universities at Oxford and Cambridge and December 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Varsity Match played at Twickenham.
The very first Varsity Match was held at Oxford University Parks in 1872, and Cambridge hosted the fixture at Parker's Piece the following year. Several other venues subsequently hosted the game, including The Oval at Kennington, Rectory Field in Blackheath and the Queen's Club in Fulham. Over time, the crowds grew and it was decided that the match should be moved to Twickenham Stadium.
This programme is from the first occasion that Oxford and Cambridge played each other at Twickenham, on 8th December 1921. Oxford were captained by Ewen Campbell of Oriel College and Cambridge were captained by Ronald Cove-Smith of Caius College. The programme, which cost threepence, was printed on pale blue paper - a reference to the blue kits worn by the two teams. It wasn't always this way though: when the Varsity Match was first contested in 1872, Cambridge wore pink. It was not until 1876 that they took to the field in their light blue kit.