|League:||South East Three|
|Home Colours:||Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks||Away Colours:|
Club Contact: Neil Thomas on 07958 172250
Mini & Youth Training on Sundays from 10am to 12pm
(80.4 miles to Adams Park)
THE HISTORY OF BRIGHTON FOOTBALL CLUB (RFU) 1868
1868 saw the formation of the Brighton Shooflies under the guidance of W Stuckey (Major V.D.), F.C.Parsons (Liet-Col T.D.), and Charles G.Boxhall (Colonel Sir Charles Boxhall). I have no doubt that the Shooflies were initially an army team as the above Gentleman were serving in the 4th and 8th Field Artillery batteries based at Preston Barracks, Lewes Road, Brighton. Of personal interest, my local beer hostelry The Bugle frequented by present Brighton Rugby players was built in the 1860s and was at that time the closest Public House to the barracks. Therefore, I would like to think that the gentleman of the Shooflies partook in the odd tipple at the Bugle and that we are continuing the tradition! In the same year J.B.Woolley (Captain of Brighton Schools in 1867) formed another Brighton side The Wasps.
The Cubs fixture list included games against Lancing, Hurst and Brighton Colleges, Sussex County Hospital and Tonbridge School. Games were also played against Worthing who would only consent to play Rugby at Brighton if the Brighton Cub agreed to play soccer at Worthing!. That season saw Worthing beat Brighton on their own ground by a last minute goal to nil. The match at Brighton under RFUs laws, had a very different outcome - Brighton produced the amazing score of 7 goals and 23 tries to Worthings nil!
Another brilliant rugby player and soldier who played at that time was Frank Mitchell. He won a Brighton honours cap in the 1891-92 season, gained a double Cambridge Blue and was captain of Rugby and Cricket at the University. He played for England as a forward against South Africa, was on the Barbarian Committee, the Kent CCC and served as a Lieutenant, in the York Dragoons. He fought at Bagshot and Shwartz Koffeafontain in South Africa, won the Queens Medal and was promoted to Lt Colonel. In his spare time! He wrote a book about the game Rugby Football, in the Hamilton Library series.
As well as producing many distinguished former players, Brighton can boast that it invented the Great Rugby Touring industry! In December 1902 we became the first English Rugby Club to tour France under the Rugby Union regulations. Our gallant Club met Stade Francais at the Parc de St Cloud (now Parc de Princes), and were defeated 9-3. The following year, Brighton had its revenge, and beat Stade by one try to nil. For that game, our playing shirts were White with the Brighton Crest and the socks were Black. But, in the same year, A.S.Anderson joined the Club from London Scottish, and introduced the Scarlet socks as worn by London Scottish and Scotland. In his day, the games were played at Preston Park, and Mr G.Short, of the Crown and Anchor Hotel provided the clubrooms and changing facilities.
Since those early days, a lot has happened to Brighton. We have many ground changes, including the traumatic uprooting of our Club from Horsdean to our present, and I may say luxurious facilities at Waterhall. But it is those pioneering times that capture the imagination most - and as more information comes to light, a greater comprehension of the history of our Club and the game of Rugby will be established.
|Address:||Waterhall Playing Fields, Mill Road||Tel:||01273 562729|
|Postcode:||East Sussex, BN1 8YR||Tickets:||01273 562729|
|Instructions:||Click on the buttons on the bar above for links to other web sites which have route planners and helpful information on getting to Brighton. Click on the globe for a Google Map Satellite image of the stadium. You will also be able to use Google's route planner to map your journey.|
Follow A23 to Brighton. At the junction of the A23 and the A27 there is a roundabout. Take the third exit on the right by the BP Garage (Mill lane) and go under the railway bridge. Take the first right (which goes under the A27) and then turn left into Waterhall Road. Follow the road right until the very end, where you should see the Brighton Rugby Clubhouse.
Follow the London Road out of Brighton until you reach a big roundabout (you will see the A27 bypass, and a BP Garage on the left-side of the roundabout). Take the first exit on the left at this roundabout (Mill lane) and go under the railway bridge. Take the first right (which goes under the A27) and then turn left into Waterhall Road. Follow the road right until the very end, where you should see the Brighton Rugby Clubhouse.
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