In my studying of Ugglebarnby/Slaithwaite, I was drawn to the footnote under Rule 73 (sub-section 2) which refers to Julius Offenbach's history of the development of the Ugglebarnby/Slaithwaite rules. Given that I was holed up on Hartleyburn Common, it was always going to be a challenge for me to get hold of such an erudite volume, but I am indebted to Mr Andrew Tredwell from Alston Public Library who left no stone unturned in finding me a copy to peruse.
It is a little known fact that in about 1895, John Ugglebarnby fell out with Jebediah Slaithwaite over the Tan Hill Inn rule (ie. Rule number 73 - sub-section 2 - the rule that actually does permit Tom's support for Sentinel). Slaithwaite, always the purist, argued that the Tan Hill Inn rule would be against the spirit of the game, but Ugglebarnby saw the commercial possibilities of allowing the move, and had little difficulty in persuading the rules committee to support him. Jebediah - a broken man, died shortly after, and his opposition to the Tan Hill Inn rule died with him. The rest, as they say, is history.
Perhaps we should start a campaign for Slaithwaite's original purist approach - it could certainly be argued that the game is now far too commercial (let's face it - even Ugglebarnby would have been turning in his grave watching the Laddow Rocks scandal unfold) and we need to return to the more simple and honest form of the game.