Bottle match

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The Bottle Match is a varsity match played between the Camborne School of Mines (CSM), Exeter University and the Royal School of Mines (RSM), Imperial College London. The first recorded match between the two sides took place on 16 December 1902, making it the second oldest rugby varsity match in the world.

The Bottle Match started as a rugby union match but as the schools sporting interests diversified other sports began to be played and from 2006 is now made up of six games played between the two institutions: men's rugby union, football, men's and women’s hockey, squash and golf. As of 2010 Netball has been included as an event.

The Bottle Match is traditionally held during the month of February normally on the last weekend of the month. Ancient rivalry between the RSM and CSM ensures that the competition gets fiercer by the year.[1]

Trophies[edit]

The winner of the Bottle trophy itself hinges entirely on the outcome of the rugby match. The winning team take home the 'Bottle', a 3-ft tall tin beer bottle adorned with the two crests of the institution, which was acquired in 1926 by a number of RSM students from the top of a Bass lorry. Since the 1950s, players on the winning side were presented with personal tankards from the South African based company Union Corporation/Gencor. This tradition continues with the tankards provided by Michael West and the Mining Journal. There is also a trophy awarded to the Man of the Match. The Centenary Bottle Match was held in Cornwall in 2002, with RSM being victorious, and Anton Griffiths from CSM winning the man of the match trophy.

The winners of the men's hockey take the Sharpley Cup, a silver cup presented by J.E. Sharpley, an RSM alumnus, in the 1950s.

The winners of the women's hockey take the Golders Cup, a small silver cup presented by Golder Associates the 1990s.

Sport
Rugby
Football
Hockey, Men's
Hockey, Women's
Name The Bottle - Sharpley Cup Golders Cup
Trophy CSM-RSM football trohpy - -
Dated(Apx) 1920s - 1950s 1990s
Presented by Bass - J.E. Sharpley Golder Associates

Bottle Match Results[edit]

Date Winner Score Venue RSM Wins CSM Wins Draws
16 December 1902 Draw - London 0 0 1
Results missing
1932 RSM 8 - 20 Cornwall - - -
Results missing
1946 CSM - - - - -
1947 RSM 5 - 8 - - - -
Results missing
1950 RSM - - - - -
1951 CSM - - - - -
1952 CSM - - - - -
1953 CSM - - - - -
1954 CSM - - - - -
1955 RSM 0 - 3 - - - -
Results missing
1980 RSM - - - - -
1981 CSM - - - - -
1982 RSM - - - - -
Results missing
1988 CSM - - - - -
Results missing
1996 CSM - Cornwall 29 32 6
1997 RSM - London 29 32 6
1998 RSM 26 - 0 Cornwall 30 32 6
1999 RSM - London 31 32 6
2000 RSM 22 - 10 Cornwall 32 32 6
2001 RSM - London 33 32 6
2002 RSM - Cornwall 34 32 6
2003 RSM 12 - 5 London 35 32 6
2004 RSM 10 - 22 Cornwall 36 32 6
2005 RSM 17 - 15 London 37 32 6
2006 RSM 11 - 29 Cornwall 38 32 6
2007 CSM 3 - 5 London 38 33 6
2008 RSM 10 - 13 Cornwall 39 33 6
2009 RSM 14 - 10 London 40 33 6
2010 CSM 13 - 0 Cornwall 40 34 6
2011 RSM 25 - 20 London 41 34 6
2012 RSM 22 - 0 Cornwall 42 34 6
2013 RSM 24 - 8 London 43 34 6
2014 Draw* 6 - 6 Cornwall 43 34 7
  • The Bottle was retained by the RSM as they were the visiting team.

Total wins[edit]

Total matches RSM victories CSM victories Draws
118 46 37 7

Note there are 28 missing years from the tally.

Bottle Match Weekend Results[edit]

Where scores are available:

1955 53rd Bottle

First Association football varsity match

Sport
Gender
Score
CSM-RSM
Winner
Rugby Men's 0-3 RSM
Football men's 1-4 RSM
Date Number Venue Rugby Football Hockey Squash Golf Netball Basketball
Men's Women's Men's Men's Women's
Results missing
1955 53rd Cornwall 0 - 3
RSM
1 - 4
RSM
Results missing
1996 94th Cornwall 10 - 22
CSM
Results missing
1997 95th Cornwall -
RSM
Results missing
1998 96th Cornwall 10 - 22
RSM
Results missing
1999 97th Cornwall -
RSM
Results missing
2000 98th Cornwall 10 - 22
RSM
Results missing
2001 99th London -
RSM
Results missing
2002 100th Cornwall -
RSM
5 - 2
CSM
-
CSM
-
CSM
-
CSM
2003 101st London 12 - 5
RSM
1 - 0
RSM
2 - 3
CSM
1 - 1
CSM
3 - 2
RSM
2004 102nd Cornwall 10 - 22
RSM
5 - 5
RSM
6 - 2
CSM
8 - 0
CSM
4 - 1
CSM
2005 103rd London 17 - 15
RSM
5 - 2
RSM
1 - 3
CSM
1 - 4
CSM
3 - 2
RSM
2006 104th Cornwall 11 - 29
RSM
-
CSM
2 - 1
CSM
3 - 0
CSM
5 - 0
CSM
1 - 4
RSM
2007 105th London 3 - 5
CSM
5 - 15
CSM
1 - 6
CSM
1 - 5
CSM
1 - 5
CSM
5 - 0
RSM

CSM
2008 106th Cornwall 10 - 13
RSM
6 - 0
CSM
3 - 4
RSM
3 - 2
CSM
5 - 0
CSM

CSM
2009 107th London 14 - 10
RSM
0 - 4
CSM
0 - 5
CSM
0 - 5
CSM
0 - 5
CSM

CSM
2010 108th Cornwall 13 - 0
CSM
No game 7 - 0
CSM
5 - 1
CSM
3 - 0
CSM
4 - 1
CSM
2 - 2
Draw
15 - 4
RSM
2011 109th London 25 - 20
RSM
-
2 - 3
CSM
1 - 4
CSM
5 - 3
RSM
3 - 2
RSM
2.5 - 0.5
RSM
34 - 15
RSM
40 - 64
CSM
2012 110th Cornwall 0 - 22
RSM
-
0 - 0
Draw
3 - 1
CSM
2 - 1
CSM
0 - 5
RSM
2 - 2
Draw
39 - 27
CSM
2013 111th London 24 - 8
RSM
-
0 - 4
CSM
0 - 1
CSM
1 - 1
Draw
5 - 0
RSM
3 - 1
RSM
27 - 25
RSM
2014 112th Cornwall 6 - 6
Draw
-
3 - 0
CSM
0 - 3
RSM
2 - 3
RSM
2 - 3
RSM
-
 ?? -  ??
CSM
55 - 19
CSM

Note - When matches are drawn, the trophy is retained by the previous winners.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "article on latest rivalry". BBC News. 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 

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