The Twickenham Museum
For children

The Rugby ground
Billy Williams' Cabbage Patch
1909

Billy Williams

From cabbage patch to rugby ground

In 1907 Billy Williams bought a market garden for the Rugby Football Union. Over the next few years the land was developed into a rugby football ground. It was know as Billy Williams' Cabbage Patch!

East and West Stands and a South Terrace were built. There was an open mound at the North.

It quickly became the home of English Rugby. The first international match took place in 1910 between England and Wales. England won.

The two World Wars

The rugby ground played its part in the two world wars.

Horses, cows and sheep grazed on the pitch during World War One.

During World War Two, one car park was dug up for allotments to grow vegetables and the other was used as a coal dump.

Home of the World Champions

The game of rugby is very popular. The England International matches, the Middlesex Sevens and the Varsity match are all played at Twickenham.

By 1995 all the old stands had been demolished and rebuilt. The stadium now can hold 75,000 people.

England became the World Champions in 2003. The trophy can be seen at the Museum in the Rugby Ground.

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