Richard Lindon

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Richard Lindon was born in Clifton-upon-Dunsmore back in 1816.  I could not find out any information about his parents, upbringing or much of anything else, but what I did find out I hope you’ll enjoy.  His profession was an English leatherworker. His shop was at 6/6a Lawrence Sheriff Street in Rugby, England.

As a boot and shoemaker, he supplied footwear to most of the townsfolk of Rugby including the teachers and pupils of the school.  By 1849, naturally he had a regular supply of boot leather delivered to him, and at the request of the students he began making balls for them.  By 1861, he was recognized as the principal ball maker and his son Hughes John Lindon for 50 years.

If you haven’t figured it out by now he was the maker of the Ruby footballs.  He also devised an air pump for them.

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Comments (20)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... I suppose I should have guessed the minute you mentioned Rugby, England... but no such luck!

Jun 20, 2021 04:50 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Great information...thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Father's day!

Bill Salvatore

Jun 20, 2021 05:03 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

All I can think of is a scrum!

Have a great Father's Day.

Jun 20, 2021 05:12 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never played rugby, it looks like a pretty rough sport though.  They really get after it on the pitch!

Jun 20, 2021 05:31 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Someone had to be the first one - right? Isn't it great that rugby was started at Rugby? LOL

Jun 20, 2021 05:43 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I figured it out.  He certainly made Rugby famous.

Jun 20, 2021 05:43 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Rugby is one hard sport and now I know a bit of the sport's history. Enjoy your day.

Jun 20, 2021 05:44 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I knew about rugby!  I knew it was a sport.  I have not seen a match, nor do I know about the rules or the ball for that matter....and now I know about the ball.  A

Jun 20, 2021 06:56 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - did he collaborate with the person who decided a shirt would be a good idea as an extension to his business?   I somehow doubt it but I do wonder. . .  

Jun 20, 2021 07:00 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I had never heard of Richard before James Dray but I did figure it out before you revieled the answer to us. (I've had my morning coffee).

Jun 20, 2021 07:24 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

What a great story about Rugby footballs. Happy Father's Day James Dray 

Jun 20, 2021 07:29 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James. I admit I don't know just what a Ruby football is. LOL

Jun 20, 2021 08:16 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I should have figured this out before the big reveal, but no.

Jun 20, 2021 09:40 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and another interesting history lesson for us.  I did not know this was made this year in years.

Jun 20, 2021 10:12 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I didn't have a clue!  Happy Father's Day to you!

Jun 20, 2021 10:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday afternoon, James.

Have a special day and an outsanding week.

Jun 20, 2021 11:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I certainly had no idea and I don't think I've ever seen a rugby game. 

Jun 20, 2021 12:54 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I should have, but you know the old saying should have, would have..NO I did not figure it out, Endre

Jun 20, 2021 11:04 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

You did not mention, James Dray, that when you mention “football” in this context, you are talking about Rugby and not American football.

Oct 24, 2021 11:45 AM