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Ruislip RFC

Ruislip's club badge Country: England
League: London North League 1
Web Site:
Founded: 1954 Nickname:
Home Colours: Burgundy, White Away Colours: Burgundy, White

Club Contact: John Rafferty, Minis Chairman 07799 643829 Mini & Youth Training on Sundays from 10am to 12pm

Adult Training on Tuesday & Thursdays from 7.30pm to 9pm

(19.3 miles to Adams Park)

Club History
Although rugby union was played in Ruislip before the Second World War, and there was a club in existence for a brief period around 1950, the club that is now Ruislip Rugby Football Club was officially formed in 1954. It is reported that, for the very first trial, eight players turned up at the ground in Herlwyn Avenue and ended up sheltering from the pouring rain under a tree!

The first ever game played by Ruislip RFC was against Westminster College on 2nd October 1954, which the visitors won 8-14. The first points scored by a Maroons player was a penalty from the boot of Brian Smyth.

The club suffered a huge setback when vandals set fire to the original clubhouse on the night of 4th November 1960 and the wooden building was completely destroyed. However, the committee and members overcame this disaster and the current clubhouse was opened by England captain Dickie Jeeps on 11th April 1962 when Ruislip hosted an A. Prosser-Harries Invitation XV to celebrate the occasion.

Steady progress has since been made over the years; Ruislip first winning the Agar Cup in 1987 (and, most recently, in 2003/2004) and appearing in eight Middlesex Cup Finals - winning the cup four times, including a notable hat-trick of victories in the years 1990/91, 1991/92 and 1992/93.

Undoubtedly Ruislip's most famous cup game was in the 3rd Round of the John Player Cup (latterly called the Powergen Cup) against twice winners Gosforth on 23rd January 1988. In front of a 1,500-plus crowd, Ruislip narrowly lost 10-13 in a match that was covered by BBC Television and Radio 2.

Ruislip were founder members of London Division 1 in 1987/88 and, apart from one season in London 2 North (1992/93) maintained this status until relegated at the end of 1999/2000. Successive demotions saw the club in London 4 North West by 2003/04, winning promotion for only the second time in our history. After two mid-table seasons, only one defeat in the league last year meant Ruislip gained promotion as champions of London 3 NW

Currently the senior club runs up to five teams - a serious 1st and 2nd XV, plus a seriously social 3rd XV, an ultra-keen Development XV and a cup winning Vets side.

Ruislip has also had one of the strongest Mini and Youth sections in the area for many years and this attracts hundreds of children to West End Road on a Sunday morning. There are teams in every age group from Under 7s to Under 18s, all supported by a dedicated and enthusiastic band of parents, qualified coaches and players from the senior squad, helping the youngsters to learn and enjoy playing the great game of rugby union.

As well as this investment in youth, Ruislip has consistently put resources into pitch maintenance and ground improvements. Recent upgrades include the installation of a new drainage system for the floodlit pitch (2004), new lights for the training area (2005) and a total refurbishment of the clubhouse bar during 2005/06 ' ongoing work to further upgrade the clubhouse facilities was finished in 2007/08.

Address: West End Road, Tel: 01895 633102
Town: Ruislip Fax:
Postcode: Middlesex, HA4 6DR Tickets: 01895 633102
Email: Merchandise:
Travel Information:
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There is limited parking available at the club

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