Chepstow RFC

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Chepstow RFC
Full name Chepstow Rugby Football Club
Founded 1878
Location Chepstow, Wales
Ground(s) Upton Memorial Ground
League(s) WRU Division Four East
2011-12 8th[1]
Team kit
Official website
www.chepstowrfc.co.uk

Chepstow Rugby Football Club is a rugby union team from the town of Chepstow, in Monmouthshire, Wales. The club is a member of the Welsh Rugby Union and is a feeder club for the Newport Gwent Dragons.[2]

History[edit]

Chepstow Rugby club was formed in 1878 by former pupils of Chepstow Grammar School under the mentorship of headmaster George Dewdney.[3] In 1879 the Chepstow Weekly Advertiser appealed to local gentlemen to patronise the newly formed club in an attempt to gain sponsorship to allow the club to remain financially stable.[4]

In 1880 Chepstow RFC were thought to be one of the clubs at the Tenby Hotel in Swansea which is incorrectly believed to have been the founding meeting of the Welsh Rugby Union.[5] The accepted founding actually took place in Neath in 1881, at which Chepstow RFC were not in attendance. In 1881 Chepstow player Edward Peake was selected to represent the very first Welsh rugby international, played against England.[6]

In 1969 a match was held between Chepstow and a Welsh XV that included many famous players such as Brian Price. The match was supposedly held to commemorate the founding of what at the time was claimed to be the oldest rugby club in Wales. Chepstow lost by a large margin.

Club honours[edit]

1994-95 Welsh League Division 8A East - Champions

Notable former players[edit]

Cliff Ashton who was capped seven times for Wales in the period 1959 to 1962 played for Chepstow during most of the 1960s and was for many years captain of Chepstow RFC. Glyn Davidge who was capped nine times for Wales and was the hero of the defeat of the All Blacks by Newport played for Chepstow for a number of years in the early 1960s

External links[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Smith, David; Williams, Gareth (1980). Fields of Praise: The Official History of The Welsh Rugby Union. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-0766-3. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ WRU website
  2. ^ BBC News (2004-07-08). "Wales' regional rugby map". BBC. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  3. ^ Smith (1980), pg 24.
  4. ^ Smith (1980), pg 26.
  5. ^ Smith (1980), pg 37.
  6. ^ Smith (1980), pg 40.