Tables of Records
An at-a-glance summary of each year’s record for matches played at The Spa, 1873-1891, and similarly for matches played at Kingsholm, 1891-1924.
These statistics were taken from The Citizen, dated Saturday November 8th 1924, on the occasion of Club’s 50th Jubilee. They were prefaced by the following statement:
“The table of records at the head of this article shows at a glance that Gloucester have always held a high position amongst the leading clubs, and there will be no laxity on the part of the present officials and Executive to maintain that proud distinction.”
Originally, a touchdown behind the goal line led to an attempt to kick over the posts, defined as a “try at goal”, and there was no scoring value to the touchdown itself. It wasn’t until 1875 that unconverted tries were taken into account to determine the winner of a game if goals (i.e., converted tries) were equal.
A points-scoring method was not introduced until 1886, when a try counted for 1 point and a conversion added a further 2 points, making a total of 3 points for a goal. Since then, there have been a number of revisions to this mechanism:
1891 Try = 2 points. Conversion = 3 points. Total = 5 points.
1893 Try = 3 points. Conversion = 2 points. Total = 5 points.
1971 Try = 4 points. Conversion = 2 points. Total = 6 points.
1992 Try = 5 points. Conversion = 2 points. Total = 7 points.