During an interport sports fixture it was common for the hosting to city to arrange numerous social events for the visiting team to attend. There was generally a dinner dance and a formal dinner. Other events might be special screenings of the match just played, invitations to other organisation's balls or a round of golf.
This dinner dance was arranged on Chinese New Year's day on 23 January 1928. Chinese New Year was often the time for interport rugby fixtures. This time as well as Christmas allowed the tourists sufficient time to travel to and from the ports and play two or three games of rugby. The round trip typically more than one week long.
The visitors to Shanghai in January 1928 were the Hong Kong Football on their second visit to the city to play the third interport fixture between the teams. Hong Kong gained their first victory in the series. I do not know who Mr R L Preston was. A Mr H M Preston played rugby for Shanghai Scottish in 1925 and 1926. There was also a Lieutenant Preston who played rugby in Shanghai for the Coldstream Guards in November and December 1927.
For more details about the trip, see the newspaper clipping to the left and below.
Invitation to Shanghai Rugby Football Club's dinner dance on 23 January 1928
Artifact of the Month Number 8 - October 2014 (for previous artifacts see bottom of page)
Report of Hong Kong's rugby tour to Shanghai in January 1928 as published in the North China Daily News on 28 January 1928
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