Sheffield Tigers RUFC

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Sheffield Tigers
Sheffield tigers logo.png
Full name Sheffield Tigers Rugby Union Football Club
Union RFU
Founded 1932; 82 years ago (1932)
Ground(s) Dore Moor
Chairman John Marriott
President Ian Wragg
Captain(s) Nick Pearson
League(s) National League 2 North
2013–14 14th (demoted)
Team kit
Official website
www.sheffieldtigers.co.uk

Sheffield Tigers Rugby Football Club are a rugby union team based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. They currently play in National League 3 North and are based at Dore Moor, Hathersage Road, Sheffield. The club runs three senior teams and a veterans side, the junior section starts at Under 7's up to a Colts XV.[1]

History[edit]

Formed in 1932 they celebrate their 75th season of Rugby in 2007. Since League Rugby began they were long standing members of Yorkshire 2, managing to avoid either promotion or relegation for the first dozen or so years of the English Rugby system.

The arrival of former England and Halifax RLFC scrum half David Holmes spearheaded a new era and the club reached the final of the Tetley Bitter Vase at Twickenham in 2000, securing a 20-11 win over favourites Bank of England RUFC in the Final and despite finishing second in the League, a restructure meant that they remained in Yorkshire 2 as all 10 clubs below them were relegated!

Promotion the following year was accompanied by the club's first Yorkshire Shield win over Scarborough and the 'Tigers' stayed in Yorkshire 1 for 2 seasons before a disastrous campaign in 2002-3 saw them relegated back to Yorkshire 2.

The arrival of Coach Richard Selkirk and a host of new players saw Tigers promoted at the second time of asking in 2004-5 a year that also saw a second Vase win at Twickenham, this time over Solihull after a tumultuous semi Final win at Sidmouth.

Further success followed in 2005-6 with the Yorkshire 1 title captured, and at their first attempt Tigers made it three promotions in a row in 2006-7 with a play off win over North 2 West rivals Lymm to book their place in North 1 for 2007-8. Three seasons later the club gained promotion from this league, now known as National 3 North, via a play-off victory over Chester.[2]

Current standings[edit]

Sheffield Tigers were demoted from National League 2 North at the end of the 2013–14 season and will play in National League 3 North from 2014–15.

Club honours [3][edit]

  • Tetley/Powergen Junior Vase winners: 1999/00, 2004/05
  • Yorkshire Shield winners: 2000/01
  • South Yorkshire Trophy winners: 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06
  • Yorkshire League 2 champions: 2004/05
  • Yorkshire League 1 champions: 2005/06
  • North 2 East play-off winners: 2006/07
  • National 3 North promotion play-off winners: 2010/11

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