|Full name||London Skolars Rugby League Football Club|
|Founded||1995(as Student Rugby League Old Boys)|
|Competition||Kingstone Press League 1|
|2014 Championship 1||7th|
|London League||3 (2000, 2001, 2004)|
|RLC Challenge Cup||1 (2004)|
|RLC Southern Division||1 (2000)|
|RLC London & South Division||1 (2002)|
|Middlesex 9s||1 (2003)|
London Skolars are a rugby league club based at the New River Stadium, Wood Green, Haringey in North London. They were founded in 1995 and have been professional since 2003, operating in the Kingstone Press League 1 in the 2015 season. They also run an A-team (formerly known as Haringey Hornets) that play in the South Premier Division of the Rugby League Conference.
Student Rugby League Old Boys were founded in 1995 by Ian "Hector" McNeil. They were initially created for post-university graduates in London, with a number of ex-student international rugby league players. The team originally played at Hackney RFC. The club quickly went "open"; relying on players from the student game and London-based antipodeans as well as local players.
The club name was changed to London Skolars two years later as they nearly got a big sponsorship from Skol. After initial success in the London League, in 1997 the club became a founder member of the Southern Conference League (the forerunner to the Rugby League Conference), under the name North London Skolars, and won the inaugural competition. They also moved to New River Stadium. Later in 1997, they entered the National Conference League and were the only club south of Sheffield in the competition for four consecutive seasons.
In 1998 Skolars hosted Strella XIII, the first time a team from Tatarstan had toured Great Britain. During the 1999 season, the Skolars toured Russia, the first time that an amateur club had toured the former Soviet Union.
Skolars first team won the Southern Division of the Rugby League Conference in 2000 and the second team won the London League that same year. The second team won the London League again in 2001.
In 2002 the club applied to join the National Leagues and was accepted, the first club in eighty years to make the transition from the amateur ranks to the professional leagues. The A team joined the Conference and won the London & South Division in its first year.
In 2003, the Skolars first season in National League 2, they finished bottom of the league, but made further progress in 2004. They won the Middlesex 9s whilst the A team won the London League and the RL Challenge Cup. The club dropped "North" from their name to become London Skolars. The appointment of Latham Tawhai as a full-time coach at the end of the 2005 season marked another step forward in the club's progress.
Tony Benson left his job at London Skolars at the end of the season due to the inconvenience of travelling from his home in Leigh, Greater Manchester. Callum Irving took over as head coach at the club, Irving was Tony Benson's number two in the 2008 season. He resigned in July 2009, citing personal reasons. Injured player Jermaine Coleman took over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The club appointed its first full-time chief executive officer in 2009, Phillip Browne, who was replaced in 2010 by Howard Kramer. The Skolars finished the 2009 in 10th position of the Championship One table, taking the wooden spoon with just one win all season and five points. London Skolars announced that James Massara, a Hammersmith-born thirty-two-year-old will take the reins as head coach at New River Stadium in 2010. In October 2010 the London Skolars appointed former Harlequins Rugby League player Joe Mbu as their head coach.
In 2013, London finished 4th in the 2013 Championship 1 season. That was the first time they finished in the play-offs in their Championship 1 venture. However they didn't achieve promotion after being knocked out in the semi-finals.
On 13 April 2014, the Skolars announced they will be playing 6 home games (May–August) at Enfield Town FC due to their home ground, New River, was having a new 4G pitch and new floodlights installed and the main stand was being refurbished.
* Announced February 2015:
|1||James Anthony||Full Back|
|3||Matt Cook||Centre||Hunslet Hawks - On Loan|
|5||Marcus Elliott||Wing||Hunslet Hawks - On Loan|
|6||Mike Bishay||Stand Off|
|7||Oscar Thomas||Scrum Half||London Broncos - Dual Reg|
|10||David Williams (C)||Prop|
|11||Michael Benson||Second Row|
|12||Will Lovell||Second Row|
|13||Louis Robinson||Loose Forward|
|14||Will Fairhurst||Loose Forward|
|16||Cariern Clement-Pascall||Prop, Second Row|
|17||Kazeem Faturoti||Centre, Second Row|
|19||Josh Kittrick||Stand Off|
|22||Vincent Spurr||Half Back|
|25||Anthony Cox||Loose Forward|
|29||Louis Sutherland||Prop, Second Row|
|30||Judd Greenhalgh||Second Row, Prop|
|31||Matt Lyle||Full Back|
|33||James Carty||Full Back|
|34||Dion Chapman||Second Row|
|36||Sam Nash||Utility Back|
|Mike Bishay||Norths Devils||1 Year||April 2015|
|Lewis Reed||Hunslet Hawks||1 Month Loan||May 2015|
|Josh Kittrick||Doncaster R.L.F.C.||1 Month Loan||May 2015|
|Cariern Clement-Pascall||Hemel Stags||1 Year||May 2015|
London Skolars run an A team which compete in the South Premier division.
Skolars run under-12s, under-14s and under-16s teams who all compete in the London Junior League.
- Harry Jepson Trophy: 1997, 2012
- RLC Eastern Division: 1997* (The tournament was known as the Southern Conference in 1997)
- RLC Southern Division: 2000
- RLC London & South Division: 2002
- Middlesex 9s: 2003
- RLC Challenge Cup: 2004
- London League: 2000, 2001, 2004
- Latham Tawhai 2005–2007
- Tony Benson 2007-8
- Jermaine Coleman 2009
- James Massara 2010
- James Mbu 2010–2015
- Jermaine Coleman 2015-
- Official website
- London Skolars forum on rlfans.com
- National League website
- London Skolars Fans Forums – RugbyLeague.org