St Albans RFC

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Formation[edit]

St Albans Rugby Club formed in 1970, under the driving force of their first chairman, Peter Baines.The club formed as an open rugby club with many players joining from the old Electrical Apparatus Company (EAC) rugby club which played off New Barnes Avenue.

Facilities[edit]

Initially the club used changing rooms at Westminster Lodge and a rented pitch situated just above the hypocaust in Verulamium Park. The North Western PH (now sadly a block of flats) on the corner of Prospect Road and Holywell Hill provided a club room and meals on match days. In 1976 the club acquired the short term lease from St Albans School for a pitch and clubhouse off Belmont Hill.

1983 saw the club move to their current ground at Boggymead Springs, off Oaklands Lane, at Smallford, obtained on a long term lease from Hertfordshire CC.The clubhouse was officially opened by the famous England scrum half, Dickie Jeeps in October that year.

Twickenham appearance[edit]

In 1995 the club qualified from over 500 junior clubs to reach the final of the Pilkington Shield at Twickenham, where they played and lost to Bedford Queens 11-10 immediately prior to the Wasps v Bath Pilkington Cup Final. The club qualified to enter the Pilkington Cup itself a few years later, through reaching the Hertfordshire President’s Cup final.

Playing level[edit]

The club is currently enjoying playing in London 2 North West2. This season the 1st XV won the Herts Presidents' Tankard for the second time.

The club also fields 2nd and 3rd sides which compete in the local Merit Tables.

St Albans RFC welcomes players of all abilities, as well as social members.

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