John F. Hanley


The game is essentially the same today as it was before the war though it is much faster and free flowing. In Jack’s time, the players had to freeze in position when the referee blew his whistle and could only be substituted at half time. Today, players can swap places at any time and the referee no longer has a blue or white flag to wave – just his hand. Even though it was apparently more gentlemanly in the 1930s according to Brewster, in reality, it was probably more brutal.