Competition within the University of London is the most intense between King’s College and University College, the two oldest institutions. In the early twentieth century, rivalry was centred on their respective mascots. University College’s was Phineas Maclino, a wooden tobacconist’s sign of a kilted Jacobite Highlander purloined from outside a shop in Tottenham Court Road during the celebrations of the relief of Ladysmith in 1900.
King’s later addition was a giant beer bottle representing ‘bottled youth’. In 1923 it was replaced by a new mascot to rival Phineas – Reggie the Lion, who made his debut at King’s-UCL sporting RAG in December 1923, protected by a lifeguard of engineering students armed with T-squares. Thereafter, Reggie formed the centrepiece of annual fresher’s processions by King’s students around Aldwych in which new students were typically flour bombed.
Although riots between respective College students occurred in central London well into the 1950s, rivalry is now limited to the rugby pitch and skulduggery over mascots, with an annual Varsity match taking place between the women's and men's rugby teams.
For the past 7 years, the battle for the Jeremy-George Shield, named after Jeremy Bentham the spiritual founder of UCL and King George the IV the patron of KCL, has been at Richmond Athletic Ground. It is now a cup because UCL lost the award and replaced it with a cup.
2007 NO MATCH